Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron W. Brown today joined Duncan Kirkwood, local author, resiliency trainer and community advocate, for the donation of 200 books to the Mayor’s 2021 Summer Internship Program. Duncan’s book ‘Rerouting: Resilience Tools and Tactics’ offers ideas for development of resilience skills.
“My summer internship program is committed to preparing City youth, of every background, to enter the workforce. I thank Duncan Kirkwood for donating this book, which will be a great tool for our interns to deepen their skill set, not only for employment, but for daily life,” Mayor Brown said.

“Right now so many of our young people are struggling with mental health issues. My book ‘Rerouting’ will help them to learn how to overcome these setbacks and begin to find their purpose in life. The Mayor’s summer internship program provides so many great opportunities for our youth to learn and grow, I hope this donation of books adds value to this already stellar program,” Kirkwood said.

Kirkwood, who trained soldiers in mental toughness while serving in the military as a Master Resilience Trainer, is now a global trainer and speaker. His book was published last March. He is also an alumni of the youth summer internship program.

The Brown Administration will invest $2,374,604 in the summer internship program this year. Deadline for applications is March 31, 2021.

Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship and Employment program will provide both in-person and virtual employment, as well as work-readiness training, to youth in the City of Buffalo. Students will work 20 hours per week over the course of the 6-week program, which begins July 12, 2021 and ends August 20, 2021.

Applying is easy. City youth can apply online ONLY at www.buffalony.gov. <http://www.buffalony.gov/> http://www.buffalony.gov/MSYAPP .

To be eligible for Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship Program, youth must be a City of Buffalo resident, between the ages of 14 and 21, and must turn age 14 by March 31, 2021. Each participant will be screened, assessed, and receive job readiness, life skills and financial literacy training.

The City of Buffalo’s Division for Youth will provide youth counselors who will serve as monitors and provide program support for everyone participating in the program. College Students are encouraged to apply.

In order to determine your eligibility for the Mayor’s Summer Youth Internship Program, copies of the below items must be returned with your completed application:

 1.  Working Papers (obtained from your school’s counselor) for all youth under age 18
    *   Ages 14-15 (Blue Card)
    *   Ages 16-17 (Green Card)
 2.  Birth Certificate
 3.  Proof of Buffalo Residency (Utility Bills, Lease Agreement)
 4.  Family Income
 5.  Social Security Card
 6.  Attending School (Most recent School Report Card or Transcript)

Employers looking to support Mayor Brown’s youth employment program should email fcarter@city-buffalo. com. Those businesses that hire city youth may be eligible for tax credits. Not-for-profit and Community based organizations can also participate by providing a structured and supervised work environment for the summer and, through sponsorship and donations, the City of Buffalo will subsidize the wages of youth employed in these areas.

If you have any questions regarding Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship Program application process, please contact us at (716) 851-5887.