Today, Rochester State Senator Joe Robach is encouraging youth from New York State, Monroe County and Rochester to take advantage of the many job opportunities that are available to them through two state employment initiatives. The NY Youth Works and Summer Jobs programs have already helped thousands of youths across New York find employment opportunities and develop the tools they need to succeed in the workforce, and Joe Robach is anxious to see the youth of Rochester and Monroe County take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.

Thousands of jobs remain available to young New Yorkers through the following state programs:

NY Youth Works

The NY Youth Works program, supported by Senator Joe Robach, is designed to provide permanent, unsubsidized employment for youth across New York State. New York businesses have already offered over 10,000 full- and part-time job opportunities through the program. With more than 6,000 youth certified to participate in the program, approximately 4,000 positions remain available.

Eligible participants include unemployed, low-income youth aged 16 through 24 who are located in one of the following areas: Albany, Brookhaven, Buffalo, Hempstead, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, New York City, Rochester, Schenectady, Syracuse, Utica, and Yonkers.

Youth interested in participating in the program can call the New York State Department of Labor at 877-226-5724 or visit their local One-Stop Career Center, a listing of which can be found at

Summer Jobs Program

The New York State Summer Jobs Program that Joe Robach supports, will enable more than 18,000 teens to be employed across the state this summer.

Eligible participants must be aged 14 through 20, and their family must be a recipient of public assistance or have a family income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (for example, $37,060 for a family of three).

Youth interested in participating in the program should contact their local department of social services through