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Futures and Options presents Dream Big - A Celebration of Opportunity


We are thrilled to invite you to celebrate opportunity this fall! The evening will feature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, light dinner, live music and a silent auction.


The silent auction is shaping up to be very exciting! Some of the not-to-be-missed items include roundtrip airline tickets to the Cayman Islands, six tickets to the Jets vs. Patriots game, private tutored wine tasting for 30, golf at the Stanwich Club in Greenwich, CT, tickets to the opening night and cast party of the upcoming Broadway production The Road to Mecca, as well as designer jewelry, spa packages, restaurant gift certificates and more!


Join us in celebrating a promising future for our City's youth while admiring Central Park's beautiful fall foliage.


For more information and to purchase tickets or sponsorships online please click here.

Please contact Serena Handley or call 212-601-0002 with questions.


Presenting the Dream Big Honorees

At the Dream Big gala, we will debut our Dream Big award to honor esteemed community leaders and businesses for their significant contributions to preparing youth for the 21st century workforce. 


We salute New Yorkers who make it possible for young people to acquire valuable work readiness skills, an awareness of college and career opportunities that enable them to transcend the cycle of no- or low-skill employment and begin new, and often unexpected, journeys to meaningful careers.


Andrew Rasiej, Entrepreneur and Founder of Personal Democracy Forum, techPresident.com and Mouse (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools and Education).

Reshma Saujani, Deputy Advocate for Special Initiatives at the Office of the New York City Public Advocate and Executive Director of The Fund for Public Advocacy.

William Thompson, Jr., Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Managing Director, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., L.L.C.


For more information and to purchase tickets or sponsorships online please click here.

The Opportunity Card October 28-November 6

Get ready... to feel Shoptimistic!!

The Opportunity Card will bring caring New Yorkers together for ten fabulous days of shopping, food and fun, while raising awareness and funds for Futures and Options!


You won’t want to miss out! From October 28th to November 6th, The Opportunity Card allows you to enjoy a 20% discount at more than 200 of your favorite New York shops and restaurants with a vast selection of clothing, beauty, jewelry, housewares, dining options and more.


Purchase The Opportunity Card today for $50 (tax-deductible). Click here to buy the card.


Check out our participating stores and restaurants here!

Here's how The Opportunity Card works:

**Enjoy a 20% discount as you shop and dine at more than 200 participating locations from Friday, October 28th to Sunday, November 6th.

**Use your Card as often as you like for the ten-day shopping and dining period.

**100% of The Opportunity Card sales proceeds support Futures and Options' programs for NYC Teens!


Calling all volunteers! If you are interested in helping Futures and Options promote and sell The Opportunity Card, please contact Isabelle Jetté at 212-601-0002 ext. 27 or ijette@futuresandoptions.org.


Please share with anyone who might be interested – thank you!

Introducing Career Essentials!

Career Essentials is the new name for our program targeted to youth who want to work, but have not yet acquired the skill level or age to be placed in internship positions.

This career readiness program, formerly known as the Pre-Internship Program, provides work readiness preparation and opportunities for students to practice and improve their interpersonal, communication and office skills. The name has changed, but the program stays the same!

We are currently recruiting motivated students for the fall program who are eager to learn how to be a successful intern.  Career Essentials, open to middle and high school students, prepares students for their first jobs in the professional world.

Selena Morales, a junior at Saint Jean Baptist High School and a spring 2011 participant, said of the experience: The program … helped me learn new methods of how to communicate with others and helped me get a better understanding of careers and leadership.”

Interested students may complete the Career Essentials Program application on our website. The application deadline is October 12th.  Teachers or counselors who would like more information about Career Essentials or establishing a partnership with Futures and Options, should contact Stefanie Jones, Program Coordinator at 212-601-0002 or sjones@futuresandoptions.org.

The Impact of Volunteering

Seventeen graduates of Career Essentials (formerly the Pre-Internship Program) participated in our Bridge To Work Program during its second summer.  This eight-week program gave our budding workers opportunities to gain experience in the world of work through volunteer projects that are coordinated  in partnership with New York Cares. 


This summer students visited four nonprofit organizations:

**The Boys and Girls Harbor provides education and enrichment activities for underprivileged youth.  Each Bridge To Work volunteer read a book about Peruvian musical instruments to a 1st grader and then made rainsticks with the children.

**Room to Grow provides donated children’s items to needy families. Students worked on their organizational and teambuilding skills as they sorted the donated baby clothes and toys.

**Cabrini Eldercare Adult Day Center is a nursing and rehabilitation center for seniors where our students helped seniors with painting and art projects.

Bridge to Work participant Nykiera McLean and Cabrini Eldercare resident.

Bridge to Work participant Nykiera McLean and Cabrini Eldercare resident.


**Rivington House Healthcare, an HIV/AIDS healthcare facility, provides clinical services for patients. Student volunteers painted small flower pots and planted flowers with their patients.

Bridge to Work participants Nykiera McLean, Angelia Lin, Genesis Torres and Corey Llewellyn, with Rivington House patient.

Bridge to Work participants Nykiera McLean, Angelia Lin, Genesis Torres and Corey Llewellyn, with Rivington House patient.


Read on for more about this summer's Bridge to Work Program.

Interns Receive CEO-Level Presentation Training


For the fourth year in a row, Virgil Scudder & Associates has provided CEO-level presentation training to the students participating in our Urban Leadership Fellows Summer Internship Program. Check out their blog to view pictures and learn more about the training.

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