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This fall, get ready... to feel Shoptimistic!!

The Opportunity Card

This fall Futures and Options is proud to launch The Opportunity Card in support of our programs and youth.  The Opportunity Card will bring New Yorkers together for ten fabulous days of shopping, food and fun, all while raising awareness and funds for Futures and Options. 


From October 28th to November 6th, The Opportunity Card allows you to enjoy a 20% discount at your favorite New York shops and restaurants with a vast selection of apparel, beauty, jewelry, housewares, dining options and more. The Card will be honored at over 200 locations across the city!


You won’t want to miss out!  The Opportunity Card will go on sale for $50 on Wednesday, September 7th through Futures and Options.  Sign up here to receive an email with the details.  Your generous donation helps ensure that, one day, more New York City young men and women have access to work readiness training, professional opportunities, a college education… and a promising future.


Click here for a list of participating stores and restaurants!


If you would like your store or restaurant to become a partner of The Opportunity Card, please click here.


If you would like your company to become a sponsor of The Opportunity Card, please click here.



For more information about The Opportunity Card, please contact Isabelle Jette or call 212-601-0002.

A Shining Star with a Bright Future

Andrew Williams

Meet Andrew Williams, valedictorian of his senior class at the High School of Sports Management and incoming freshmen at Binghamton University this fall, where he will be studying business and marketing.


When Andrew entered the Futures and Options Internship Program this past May he had already achieved academic success and was looking for a way to apply his skills and get real world work experience to help him make a decision on what major to pursue.


We interviewed Andrew to get his take on being an intern at Great Eastern Energy, a premier energy provider to the New York metropolitan area:


What have you gained from your Futures and Options internship?  I have gained valuable insight into the business world and what it takes to run a business. Also how to use many computer programs as well as office equipment. I am starting to understand how the energy business works and  have gained  connections  in the industry through my internship.


Tell us about your supervisor and how they helped you to learn and do your best? My supervisor is highly knowledgeable in what he does and helps me to understand a lot of the technical terms associated with the business. He takes time to explain every sheet of paper that passes in front of me including bills and contracts. He’s also a very funny guy.


Has Futures and Options helped you figure out a career path? Futures and Options has helped me to define a career path by placing me in a setting that allows me to learn more and more about it every day.


How will you use what you have learned through your internship and the Futures and Options workshops as you go on to college and a career?  Futures and Options' workshops and my experience during my internship have definitely helped me to open up and be more outgoing which was one of my major character flaws. They have both taught me a lot about networking and communicating with people which is very important to the field I plan on studying. I will use what I have learned in both to be the best I can be as I move on to higher education and a career.


We wish Andrew and all of our graduating seniors the best of luck as they enter college this fall! For more information on the Futures and Options Internship Program, please contact Tonya Gayle, Senior Program Director, or call 212-601-0002.

Check out the new video for our Urban Leadership Fellows Program!


This spring, Futures and Options teamed up with The Municipal Forum of New York to create a video about the Urban Leadership Fellows Program, a summer internship program run by Futures and Options and sponsored by the Municipal Forum.


We hope you enjoy this inside look into our longest running, model summer internship program.


View the video by clicking the image:

ULF Video


For more information on the Urban Leadership Fellows Internship Program, please contact Tonya Gayle, Senior Program Director, or call 212-601-0002.


Pro-Bono Ad Placed in Publishers Weekly


Thanks to the generosity of George Slowik Jr., Publisher of Publishers Weekly, we were invited to submit an advertisement to be featured in the weekly magazine. The below ad was featured in the July 11th edition of the magazine, and was designed by Patrick Turner, Vice President of Operations, photography by Lily Kesselman, and concept and production by our board member Michael Kaminer and Futures and Options External Affairs Manager Serena Handley.


Thanks to Paulina Han and Saatchi & Saatchi for participating, as well as Aruna Singh, intern at Saatchi & Saatchi.


PW ad


To view a larger version of the ad, please click here.

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