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These Companies Get It


In order to provide our career-readiness and internship programs at no cost to the students we serve, Futures and Options depends on many generous supporters. We seek funding from all kinds of foundations, individuals and corporations—and every dollar donated makes it possible for us to provide the quality programming that our students and partners have come to expect.


We cannot thank our donors enough, and this month we would like to specifically acknowledge the businesses that support Futures and Options. By giving to Futures and Options, our corporate donors are helping to grow and sustain the mutually beneficial relationships we’ve been building since 1995. These companies get it: we need to prepare New York City’s diverse emerging workforce for the business world, and we need to prepare the business world for the City’s diverse emerging workforce.


Thank you to the following businesses that have generously given financial support to Futures and Options so far this year:



By supporting Futures and Options, these companies are making an investment in a stronger, more dynamic economy, and ensuring that New York City’s teenagers will become New York City’s young professionals.


To join the growing list of companies who are supporting this vital mission, please visit our website to donate or send a check to Catherine Dodge at Futures and Options, 120 Broadway, Suite 913, New York, NY 10271.


Thank you!

Mark Tatum of the NBA Speaks to Alumni

Photo courtesy of Robert Brizzell, Futures and Options alumnus.


On December 12th we held an inspiring event featuring Mark Tatum, Executive Vice President of Marketing Partnerships for the National Basketball Association (NBA). Mark grew up in Brooklyn, the child of a Jamaican father and Chinese mother, and is now one of the most powerful executives in the NBA as well as USA Basketball … those folks that put together the Dream Teams for the Olympics!


Mark spoke to over 60 alumni and guests at Universal McCann and offered excellent career advice. Mark was a big hit with the crowd, covering all the points they cared about: his humble beginnings preparing him for tough career experiences; a checklist of things to do as they search for the perfect career (e.g., be curious about how things work, take advantage of networking through F&O and all of your networks, etc.); and he answered specific questions from alums in a Q&A that followed his speech.  We enjoyed having Mark speak, and we look forward to many others in our alumni speaker series.


If you are interested in getting involved in Futures and Options' Alumni & Young Professionals Committee, or know someone who would be interested in speaking to our alums about careers, please contact Serena Handley.


Full Circle- Brandon Hutchinson's Story

Brandon presented the following speech to Futures and Options' Board of Directors at our January board meeting:

I began my endeavor with Futures and Options in my sophomore year of high school with their Career Essentials Program.  Initially, I told myself that if I wasn’t really interested in the program I would quit, but I could tell from the moment I began that this program was different; that it would be one of the most influential things I’ve done.  Their teaching styles were different.  They connected with you without being condescending. 

I learned many invaluable things like how to write a resume, interviewing skills and how to give a speech without being nervous.  My Futures and Options coordinator Stefanie Jones said that they keep in contact with their Career Essentials students.  I thought it was a sham because I’ve been through many programs where they said the same thing and mean one email every two or three months.  But this program was different.


About a week after the program ended I received an email discussing a volunteering opportunity with New York Cares over the summer.  The program was a self-awakening experience.  I was able to work with people I’ve never had the chance to meet.  Over the course of eight weeks we worked at four different locations.  We learned about what senior citizens do on a daily basis, we volunteered in a place that provides clothing to parents for babies and children, and we learned about a place that grows fresh produce for its community. 

After the program ended I fell off with Futures and Options in my junior year because I began taking college courses, but in my senior year I came back to finish where I started, to come full circle and apply for the Internship Program.  During my interview, my interviewer and I connected on a common level because she liked English and reading and so did I.  See, that’s the thing about Futures and Options, there’s always someone that has something in common with you.  Luckily I got into the program and I was placed in a setting that I really enjoy - Publishers Weekly. I am surrounded by books, constantly doing something that peaks my interests.

In our senior year many high schools are little to no help in the college process.  Futures and Options is in constant contact with me about different college workshops.  They range from picking a major to the financial process and I participated in many of them and learned things that I wouldn’t have found out from my school. 

I owe a lot to Futures and Options.  If it weren’t for this program I wouldn’t have gotten my first job.  I wouldn’t be as outgoing and active in social issues as I am today.  I wouldn’t be here today to tell you all how Futures and Options has opened many doors for me and the events I was able to experience because of it.  Thank You Futures and Options.


Dine Out or Order In and Give!

You have the opportunity to make a difference for NYC youth every time you dine at a local restaurant or order take out.

Register for the GoodDining program, the nation’s first 365 day-a-year dine for charity program, and up to 6% of your check – tax and tip included – can be donated to support Futures and Options. There are over 800 participating restaurants in New York City.

You can help us continue our mission and support our cause 365 days a year, all you have to do is go out to eat. Just register your credit or debit card on the GoodDining website and a donation will automatically be made to Futures and Options when you eat at participating restaurants.


Find out more and register here.


Thank you for all you do for Futures and Options!


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