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In This Issue:
The Inspiring Impact
We are excited to share some important news with you about the impact of our program!
We recently participated in a pro bono program evaluation project with Inspire, Inc., a nonprofit that provides consulting services to local nonprofit organizations focused on youth development. Inspire surveyed Futures and Options’ alumni and private and nonprofit businesses partners in order to identify the short- and long-term impact of our programs.
The feedback is invaluable! It provides useful information about our program’s strengths, challenges and impact as well as insight into the reasons why our business partners commit to working with us and the young people we serve.
The feedback shows that Futures and Options makes a difference - for youth and businesses.
Futures and Options prepares youth to succeed in the workforce:
***Futures and Options alumni have a significantly higher high school and college graduation rate than the general New York City working population.
Read on for more about how Futures and Options is making a difference.
A Toast to Brighter Futures
A Toast to Brighter Futures, held on April 28th, was our second annual Young Professionals & Alumni fundraising and networking event. The event was held at Hudson Terrace, a luxurious rooftop lounge overlooking the Hudson River, and guests enjoyed an hour open bar, DJ Cam Smalls and an exciting raffle. Thanks to all of the young professionals and alumni who attended, including our fantastic host committee, we met our fundraising goal and the proceeds will fund an alumni career fair.
Marie Surpris, Futures and Options alum, with Xenia Murray and Halcyone Williams. Photo credit: Lily Kesselman.
We would like to thank our fantastic host committee for all of their help with the event: Justin Anderson, Molly Battles, Anne Benedict, Jamaal Glenn, Stephen Hessler, Candice Homan, Justin Horowitz, Ketan Kapadia, Melissa Kern, Sara Lari, Ryan Machir, Cynthia Marian, Michael Paulin, Pauly Rodney, Leah Shalev, Melanie Waits, and Tyrone Whittle.
Tyran Omary, program coordinator with Bethania and James Perkins. Photo credit: Lily Kesselman.
Robert Niles and Audrey Zhao, part of the Inspire team. Photo credit: Lily Kesselman.
Morgan Stanley and Queens Library
Team Up With Futures and Options
This spring, Morgan Stanley and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School asked Futures and Options to provide career readiness training to students in their New York City Mentoring Program. The workshops introduced the program’s 16 mentees to the soft skills essential for success in the world of work. The three workshops focused on career exploration, setting goals, how to obtain a job and workplace etiquette. Participants in the program also learned interviewing skills, resume writing, and the importance of making a good first impression.
For the second year in a row, Futures and Options facilitated career readiness trainings for Queens Public Library’s internship program. The library offers internships to high school and college students who work as tutors and youth librarians throughout the year. As part of their internship responsibilities, the interns are required to attend supplemental workshops.
Read on for more details about our partnership with Morgan Stanley and Queens Library.
To learn more about partnering with Futures and Options for career readiness trainings, please email Tyran Omary or call 212-601-0002.
New This Spring- Students Tour Local Colleges
We know one of the best ways for young people to learn about colleges is to visit the campuses, so Tyran Omary added a new component to our College Guidance Initiative this year: college tours. The response from our youth was immediate and we plan to increase these opportunities next year.
Students visit Columbia University.
This year, a group our 10th and 11th grade youth received a tour of Columbia University’s campus on April 20th, stopping by the library, one of the dorm buildings, the lecture hall and the student union. A second group of youth met at School of Visual Art’s admissions office on April 19th. Two SVA students hosted a tour of the Photography, Fine Arts, and Film & Video departments.
Students visit School of Visual Arts.
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