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We're Gearing Up to Serve Almost 200 New York City Youth This Summer! Here's How:


Visiting our offices these days you would see a flurry of activity as we get ready for the packed summer ahead. In the past couple months, we’ve met nearly 300 enthusiastic students eager to gain experience and build professional skills with us this summer. We only wish we could take them all! Here’s a look at what is ahead:

In addition to offering increased spots in our ongoing Core Internship Program, this summer we will also provide a number of specialized internship programs in partnership with various schools, non-profit organizations and industry associations.

We’re thrilled to welcome two new partner high schools, the Bronx Center for Science and Math and Samuel Gompers Career and Technical Education High School.  Students from both schools will be interning 25 hours a week in a field of interest and participating in our weekly career development workshops. Joining them will be students from Breakthrough New York, a non-profit that prepares low-income students for competitive high schools and colleges. This is our first summer with Breakthrough, and we are excited to welcome them into the Futures and Options fold.

This summer we will offer a pilot program with Wells Fargo, through which five students will be exposed to banking and finance. Students in the program will have rotations in two different industry groups in order to enrich their experience by providing a more holistic sense of the industry. They will also participate in professional development workshops.

Joining us for the second year is Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, a Brooklyn-based non-profit that empowers at-risk youth to give voice to their experiences through filmmaking. Five Reel Works students, who have demonstrated a passion for film and a strong work-ethic, will be interning for six weeks in the film industry. 

We are also excited to welcome back KIPP Through College for the second year.  KIPP is a network of open-enrollment public schools that prepares students in under-served communities for success in college. Nineteen alumni of KIPP middle schools, currently juniors and seniors in high school, will work with us this summer to continue building their professional skills.

We will take our long-established relationship with George Westinghouse High School in an exciting new direction this summer. In addition to the typical high school curriculum, Westinghouse students take numerous courses in one of six tech areas: A+ Computer Repair, Electrical Technology and Applications, Cisco Networking, Vision Care Technology, Multimedia Internet Technology, and Computer Aided Design Technology. Though we have partnered with George Westinghouse in the spring for the past several years, this summer, for the first time, we will offer 30 Westinghouse students with internships in their technical education specialty.


Futures and Options will also be continuing our long and successful partnership with The Frederick Douglass Academy, a rigorous public school in central Harlem. This is our ninth summer working with FDA! This year 25 FDA students will intern with us.


The Municipal Forum of New York will once again work with us to offer the Urban Leadership Fellows (ULF) Program – an unparalleled opportunity for 40 high school seniors from the Academy of Finance public schools and Inner-City Scholarship Fund Catholic schools to experience working in public finance. This summer marks the 21st year of the program, and the 17th year of Futures and Options’ involvement. We are thrilled to be able to continue this winning relationship.


Finally, for graduates of the Career Essentials Program who are not yet eligible to work or who would like to gain more experience before taking on an internship, we will offer the third summer of our Bridge to Work Program. Partnering with New York Cares, Bridge to Work students will volunteer at a range of New York nonprofits throughout the summer. Students will build their skills while giving back to the community – a winning combination!


It will be a busy and exciting summer for us. We’re looking forward to July!


For more information about our summer programs, please contact Rebecca Dougherty or call 212-601-0002.


Capital One’s Future Leaders Forum for Young Women Welcomes Futures and Options Students


In early May a group of 10 female Futures and Options students attended Capital One’s Future Leaders Forum for Young Women. Associates from Capital One served as mentors for the young women, facilitating small group discussions about women in the workplace and giving advice about college and careers.


The students participated in a speed networking game, allowing them to meet different associates and other attendees, and played a few rounds of Financial Jeopardy with the entire group.


Finally, the students heard from guest speakers about how to make the most of their college experiences in order to best prepare for their futures. The event was a great success.

Fighting America's High School Dropout Crisis


We are pleased to announce that the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens has awarded a $5,000 grant to Futures and Options. The funds awarded by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens will support paid, mentored internships that help New York City’s underserved teens stay in school and graduate. These New York City teens need and deserve the opportunity to broaden their education experience and explore the world of work.


Thanks to this generous Graduate to Go experience grant, three Futures and Options students will participate in paid internships in the hospitality industry.


Futures and Options is one of more than 250 organizations nationwide that will receive a portion of $2.7 million granted by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. Graduate To Go™ is a long-term effort, launched by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, to raise awareness of the high-school dropout crisis and encourage teens to get their diploma.  The initiative funds real-world experiences, such as job training and college preparation, proven to motivate teens to stay in school. Funds were raised through local Taco Bell restaurant owners and Taco Bell customers. 


“The teen graduation crisis is a major hurdle for America as we strive to remain an innovative and powerful global leader,” said Shawn Winkler, Senior Manager Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. “The vital partnerships and programs we are funding today allow Taco Bell to help teens build a foundation for a future success through the vehicle of graduation.”


Check Out the New Video for the Urban Leadership Fellows Program!


The Urban Leadership Fellows (ULF) Program has a new video! Learn more about our longest running, model summer internship program below.


View by clicking the image:



For more information on the Urban Leadership Fellows Internship Program, please contact Joanna Munoz, Program Coordinator, or call 212-601-0002.

We're Hiring!


Futures and Options needs a new Administrative Assistant! We’re looking for someone who is organized and flexible, with strong writing skills, great attention to detail and a positive attitude. If this sounds like you or someone you know, please check out our listing here at idealist.org for a detailed job description and instructions on how to apply!

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