Youth Employment

Youth Employment Services (Y.E.S.)

What it is:
Y.E.S. operates year-round as a job referral service for teens, beginning at age 14, who are looking for work, and individuals, business, or groups who need work completed. Some of the most frequently requested jobs are: lawn care, childcare, domestic chores, painting, pet-sitting, and snow removal. Other various requests come from business, individuals, or groups

How it operates:
When a potential customer calls, a teen member of Y.E.S. will be contacted with the information. If interested, the teen worker will then contact the customer directly for more specific directions and information. Before doing the work, make sure you discuss and agree upon a wage. You must keep the Y.E.S. office informed of your decision, so the director will know if the customer has been able to have the job completed. A follow-up letter will take place after completion of the work to thank them, make sure everything was satisfactory, and inquire if they could use more help.

Becoming a registered Y.E.S. worker:
In order to become eligible for a potential job, the following steps must be completed.

  • Complete application: Download and print the application below, including two references that will be contacted before a youth is eligible to work.
  • Working papers: if you do not already have them, your school counselor, office secretary, or nurse can provide them for you.
  • A parental waiver and release form: Page 3 of the application is a waiver and release form that must be signed by a parent/guardian (for anyone under 18) and returned to the Y.E.S. office.
  • A personal interview with the Y.E.S. Director: You can schedule an appointment by calling (607) 562–8443 x307 or email Youth Services -

Summer T.A.F.F.Y Counselor

What it is:
Summer T.A.F.F.Y. is a park program for children at least 5 years of age and has been in operation for over 60 years! Summer T.A.F.F.Y. operates from 5 of the parks in the Town of Big Flats. Counselors are assigned to one of the 5 parks and implement a variety of games and activities.

How it operates:
The program begins with a 3 day Orientation & Training program for all employees beginning at the end of June. The 5 week park program runs Monday – Friday, 9am – 2:45pm. Activities include: outdoor games, crafts, themed days, and weekly field trips. There are no substitutes for the summer program so perfect attendance is imperative for all employees.

How to apply:
Applications can be found at the Big Flats Community Center or on our website. Please fill applications out to the best of your ability. We begin the interview and selection process in December each year for the upcoming summer season! Apply early before spaces fill up!

T.A.F.F.Y Application