Congratulations to this year’s 2019 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants. Thank you all for your hard work and diligence toward making your communities a cleaner and better place. GAP is always excited to be able to continue providing the program through the support of the City of Los Angeles, Office of Community Beautification.

GAP was happy to be able to hire fifty-eight (58) youths ages 15 to 18 from Los Angeles City Council Districts 8, 14, and 15. Youths made the positive choice to stay out of trouble and become involved by working 7 hours, Monday to Friday, for 3-weeks. Their job duties consisted of community beautification, trash and debris removal, and neighborhood clean ups in their communities. A grand total of 909 bags (60 gal. per bag) of trash and debris were collected and removed from the community. Other bulky items were collected and removed with the help of GAP’s Community Clean Up department. Additionally, participating in weekly educational workshops focused on a variety of topics such as health and safety, employability skills and employer expectations, and career preparation and development.

GAP’s agency vision is to prevent young people from joining gangs, and with the SYEP program in place, GAP is able to achieve its goals in helping young people to stay away from trouble, and at the same time give them the sense that this is their community and it is their responsibility to keep it clean. Youths build a sense of pride, leadership and discipline skills, which are necessary to become future leaders of tomorrow.

Thank you to the SYEP Supervisors, GAP Staff, community leaders and families for the support of this program, and once again congratulations to the youths who participated in this year’s 2019 SYEP program!