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In This Issue:
Career Essentials Wednesday Session
Core Internship Program Workshop
Career Essentials Thursday Session
For more information on any of these programs, please email Clare Harwood or call 212-601-0002.
Futures and Options’ Board Chairman Steve Hessler with our 2013 Dream Big honorees Steve Goldstein and Roopesh Shah and Executive Director Patty Machir
Together, Dream Big and The Opportunity Card raised more than $425,000 for Futures and Options! We are tremendously grateful to our honorees, our Board of Directors, sponsors and donors. Your generosity makes it possible for more New York City youth to imagine, explore and realize their dreams!
Dream Big 2013
On October 15, Futures and Options hosted our third annual gala, Dream Big – A Celebration of Opportunity, at the Stone Rose Lounge in the Time Warner Center. More than 300 guests joined us to celebrate the accomplishments of our youth and to honor those who make it possible for them to achieve their education and career aspirations.
Our annual Dream Big Awards honor visionary leaders and businesses for their outstanding support of Futures and Options’ mission. Our 2013 Dream Big Honorees were:
Individual Honoree: Roopesh K. Shah, Goldman Sachs
Our Dream Big Scholarship and the IPG Mediabrands Scholarship and Internship support the college and career dreams of Futures and Options’ students. Our 2013 Dream Big Scholarship and IPG Mediabrands Scholarship awardees were:
Dream Big Scholar: Janelle A. Lawrence, Frederick Douglass Academy
IPG Mediabrands Scholarship and Internship: Elisa Munoz, Frederick Douglass Academy
To view pictures from this year’s Dream Big, please click here.
Scholarship recipients celebrate together at Dream Big: Shondel Nurse, Janelle Lawrence, Bre’Annah Braithwaite and Elisa Munoz
The Opportunity Card 2013
Our third annual Opportunity Card ran from October 25 to November 3, with more than 235 stores and restaurants in New York City and the Tri-State area participating – a record number. More than 1,600 Opportunity Cards were circulating around the NYC and Tri-State Area, thanks to individual donors and sponsors of The Opportunity Card and Dream Big.
Futures and Options interns during at a Career Exploration Field Trip at RR Donnelley.
Fall programs at Futures and Options are in full swing, with more than 120 enthusiastic students gaining exposure to the working world through our career development programs.
Our Internship Program welcomed back many long-standing corporate partners, including: AlixPartners, Hedaya Capital, IPG MediaBrands and Kirkland & Ellis. We also have several new partners such as Accounting Management Services and GoGreenRide that are hosting their first Futures and Options interns. We are thrilled to have all of our business partners on board and look forward to working with them to provide an enriching work experience to our student interns!
Thanks to tremendous support from HSBC, 18 juniors and seniors from George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School began working at their internships at nonprofits and for-profits this fall. This program, which was launched in 2007 with 13 interns, has traditionally taken place only in the spring, but increased funding allows us to provide 40 Westinghouse students with paid internships so we are now offering opportunities to a fall cohort of students as well.
Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that empowers at-risk youth to give voice to their experiences through filmmaking, has expanded their partnership with Futures and Options to provide an additional 10 students with internships in the film industry. Interns can be found working at film companies such as Elsewhere Films, Market Road Films and Washington Square Arts and Films.
Career Essentials, sponsored by the Gap Foundation, is providing 62 high school students the opportunity to learn more about the world of work through a twelve-week workshop series. In addition to afternoons spent discussing topics such as communication, teamwork and workplace etiquette, students participate in mock interviews with corporate volunteers and visit companies such as Colgate-Palmolive, Deloitte, RR Donnelley and Thomson Reuters to explore potential careers.
Seventeen eighth grade students from Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) will have the same opportunity to participate in Career Essentials this fall thanks to support from Capital One. Students in this program will make career exploration field trips to Gap and Unilever.
It is a busy and exciting fall for us. We thank all of our partners for their continued support!
By Michelle Sheu, Senior at Benjamin Cardozo High School,
Intern at Story to College
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