June 2021 Update: While NeON Summer was a 2020 initiative, you can find out more NeON programs—including both free and paid opportunities—at the official NeON Site. You can also check out a digital magazine put together by last year's participants here!
This summer, the Big Apple will pay young New Yorkers to learn online.
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced NeON Summer, a new initiative that will enroll 2,700 youth in six weeks of online instruction that will help build skills, focus career goals ad express creativity. Participating New Yorkers will receive a stipend, and could earn up to $1,200.
Only certain New Yorkers are eligible. NeON Summer is open to young people ages 14-24 who live in the seven Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) communities of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, East New York, Harlem, Jamaica, North Staten Island and the South Bronx; who live in the 27 hardest-hit COVID-19 communities; or who live anywhere in New York City and are on probation.
The program helps offset the lack of opportunity available to some young New Yorkers.
The online programs will be run by community-based organizations that specialize in mentorship, cultural, arts programming, mental health and wellness services. According to the city, NeON Summer is "designed to strengthen social, civic, and leadership abilities."
NeON Summer will help fill the gap left by the city's cancelation of the Summer Youth Employment Program earlier this year.