NYC DFTA – SCSEP – Senior Community Service Employment Program

The mission of the Department for the Aging (DFTA) is “to work for the empowerment, independence, dignity and quality of life of New York City’s diverse older adults and for the support of their families through advocacy, education and the coordination and delivery of services.”

As an agency of City government and an Area Agency on Aging under the federal Administration on Aging, DFTA receives federal, state and city funds to provide essential services for seniors. It channels these monies to community-based organizations that contract with the Department to provide needed programs locally throughout the five boroughs. Hot meals and activities at senior centers, home-delivered meals, case management, home care, transportation and legal services are among the services these programs provide. DFTA manages the contracts with these programs and ensures service quality.

NYC DFTA website.

SCSEP – Senior Community Service Employment Program

SCSEP (Senior Community Service Employment Program) is a job training program for older adults.

It is now implemented all throughout the United States. In New York City this job training program is subsidized by both the federal and city governments. Your years as a senior is an important time in your life where you can benefit others. You are able to enrich the younger generation with your wisdom and experience.


Anyone who:

  1. is 55 or older in age
  2. resides in New York City
  3. can be lawfully employed in the U.S.
  4. is currently unemployment
  1. New York State minimum wage is paid during training.
  2. The Department of Labor pays for training of professional skills. (A certificate is issued, which can help in obtaining a job.)
  3. The government pays for secretarial and clerical training. (A certificate is issued, which can help in obtaining a job.)
  4. Social services are available. (Food stamps, senior apartments, SSI, SSA, SSD, legal consultation, etc.)
  5. An opportunity to continuously improve computer skills and conversational English (expenses paid by the government)
  6. Various other educational training and employment opportunities are offered at American organizations.

This project needs agencies will to host this program. Those who completed job training through KCS are either U.S. citizens or legal residents. They have various educational backgrounds, with a basic to high-level command of conversational English, and possess professional expertise and experience. Host agencies are assured of high quality manpower that can deliver satisfactory performance.