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Join Us for A Toast to Brighter Futures!

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A Toast to Brighter Futures is Futures and Options' third annual Young Professionals & Alumni event.

Join us for a fantastic FUNdraiser at Lilium, a lounge located beneath the W Hotel in Union Square. Come meet new friends and connect with Futures and Options alumni.
Tuesday, April 17th
7 to 10 pm

One Hour Open Bar from 7-8 pm
DJ Todd Fatjo
Happy Hour Drink Specials
Raffle Prizes include a 13 day Norwegian Cruise Line cruise from Barcelona to Miami departing October 21st, 2012, four roundtrip tickets to the Cayman Islands, four Yankees home game tickets and many more exciting prizes! Buy Raffle Tickets Online Here!

201 Park Avenue South @ 17th St. 
New York City  


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We hope you can make it! For more information, call 212-601-0002.


P.S. Alumni of Futures and Options get $5 off the online ticket price. Email Serena Handley for the discount code.


P.P.S. Can't attend but want to support Brighter Futures for New York’s teens? Click here.

High Schoolers Get Excited About Preparing for Work

How often are high school students excited to improve their communication skills, practice being a good team player, or listen to adults explain how they ended up in their current job? At Futures and Options, the answer is: Always.  And this spring, a group of students from the Bronx are taking advantage of an opportunity to positively affect their futures through a partnership between their school and Futures and Options.

Futures and Options has teamed up with Samuel Gompers Career and Technical Education High School to provide our Career Essentials program to 20 freshmen and sophomores. The Career Essentials program prepares young people for the professional work world through interactive workshops that improve students’ soft skills and broaden their exposure to careers.  Students who participate apply for the program voluntarily; they are eager to “gain confidence” and “prepare for the future.”

The Samuel Gompers partnership is part of an exciting new phase of growth for Futures and Options, whose reputation for providing excellent youth career development programs has spread significantly in the past five years.

In the past year, Futures and Options has been hired by several New York City public schools, community-based organizations, and for-profit businesses, to manage internship programs, run our Career Essentials program, and facilitate individual workshops on topics that include resume writing and financial literacy. These partnerships exist in addition to Futures and Options’ “Core” Internship, Career Essentials, Bridge to Work and College Guidance programs, which are open to all students within the five boroughs.

The spring program for Samuel Gompers CTE High School is the first time Futures and Options has been hired to run a full Career Essentials program. It is an effective way for a public school to offer high-quality career development programming to its students, and for Futures and Options to expand its reach and impact the lives of more young people. As Program Coordinator Matt Ellis says, “It’s inspiring to work with students who are motivated to take initiative and apply to a program like this and we are grateful for the opportunity to help them.”

If you are interested in partnering with Futures and Options, please contact Keleigh Spinner, Director of Strategic Partnerships, at kspinner@futuresandoptions.org or 212-601-0002.

Spring Interns Find Support Through Mentoring

Futures and Options’ annual spring internship program with George Westinghouse High School got off to a promising start with 20 juniors and seniors starting their internships in late February. As part of the program, students attend career development workshops, take a field trip to HSBC Bank, and participate in a mentoring program with Youth, I.N.C.’s Young Professionals Committee, a group of individuals from industries such as finance, law, and academia.

Youth, I.N.C. Young Professional mentor Khamla Vorasane with mentee Kadeem Castle.

The opening event for the mentoring program took place on March 6th. Students and young professionals gathered for dinner and were introduced to each other for the first time. Pairs of mentors and mentees were able to get to know each other personally and talk about different career interests. Throughout the evening, students and young professionals were able to network in a series of group activities focused on developing workplace skills.

One such activity was called “The Ideal Intern,” during which groups of students and young professionals discussed the qualities of a successful intern and communicated their ideas by making posters. Each group presented their posters and demonstrated their creative abilities – one group even made a comic strip to represent a day in the life of a responsible intern. The students really appreciated the opportunity to gain advice from these enthusiastic professionals.

Since the opening event, mentors and mentees have communicated via email and over the phone. Everyone is looking forward to this month’s event, which will feature a career panel in addition to networking activities.


For more information about the George Westinghouse High School Internship Program and the Youth, I.N.C. Young Professionals Mentoring Program, please contact Joanna Munoz or call 212-601-0002.


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