City of Binghamton, New York

Youth Summer Employment Programs

Overview

Connecting Binghamton teenagers and young adults to meaningful summer employment opportunities provides them with critical workforce development skills, job experience, life skills and professional engagement. 

Summer Playground Program

In addition to serving as a free day camp for children from preschool to fifth grade, the City of Binghamton's Summer Playground Program includes a youth employment component that provides jobs to dozens of Binghamton teenagers each summer. Youth hired to help run the program develop valuable workplace, youth engagement and leadership skills. 

For more information, visit www.binghamton-ny.gov/summer-playground-program or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (607) 772-7017. 

VINES Grow Binghamton

Grow Binghamton is a six-week summer youth employment program run by Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environment (VINES). Binghamton teenagers grow fruits and vegetables for the community at VINES' Urban Farm on Tudor Street in Binghamton. They also develop important workforce development skills, participate in trainings and go on field trips.

Grow Binghamton provides fresh food to those in need, unites Binghamton youth and teaches lessons around cooperation, collaboration and responsibility.

The City of Binghamton supports Binghamton Grow with Community Development Block Grant funds.

For more information, please visit https://vinesgardens.org/programs/youthprogram/

Boys & Girls Club Summer Youth Employment Program

This program enables low-income teens to explore careers in youth development and human services through hands-on experience serving as staff assistants in Boys & Girls Club facilities. The program, supported by the City of Binghamton, helps teens develop workforce skills and a sense of civic responsibility. 

For more information, visit http://www.bgcbinghamton.org