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Career Essentials Middle School

Program Information

Career Essentials Middle School is offered at two middle schools each year. Students in grades 6-8 at those schools can apply to the program. Workshops take place on-site at the middle school in a space that is not a classroom, such as a library or a lab. Each workshop is facilitated by two Futures and Options program coordinators and is supported by one staff member from the middle school.


Workshops are held once a week for two hours during a 12-week span in both the fall and spring semesters.  In partnership with the middle school, Futures and Options will select one day during the week to host workshops. Workshops will begin shortly after the school day has ended.

Student Responsibilities

Students are required to attend and be on time to all workshops and events that are part of the program.  It is important to communicate in advance with the Futures and Options program staff if you have any schedule conflicts.   

School Responsibilities

Middle school partners are expected to commit to the following:

  • Collaborate with Futures and Options on student recruitment and candidate screening by distributing program flyers and applications, and coordinating a time for group interviews to take place at the school.
  • Identify space in the building, other than a classroom, in which to hold weekly workshops. This could include a library, a lab, or a college advisement lounge.
  • Designate one staff member to be the liaison between Futures and Options and the school administration, remind students about workshops each week, attend all workshops and assist with behavior management, and coordinate the collection of permission forms for career exploration field trips.

Application Process

In order to enroll in the program, interested students must complete an paper application and must attend a group interview at their school.


Please contact Priya Murali at or by calling the Futures and Options office at 212-601-0002, if you have any questions. 

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