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George Westinghouse High School Workshop
George Westinghouse High School Mentor Program
For more information on any of these programs, please email Clare Harwood or call 212-601-0002.
Lou Peralta, Office Manager at Golden Seeds with summer 2013 intern Sashelle Nunez
Futures and Options offers paid, mentored internships to NYC residents, who are high school students, 16-19 years old. Students must be able to work 25-40 hours a week during the summer and commit to attend weekly career readiness workshops. To learn more details about our internship program’s different opportunities, please visit our website.
Specialized Internship Opportunities
Bridge To Work provides high school students with a combination of work-readiness training, career exploration in the nonprofit sector and service-learning. Students volunteer with four different NYC nonprofit organizations, attend three work-readiness workshops and one career exploration field trip.
Thanks to our Alumni and Young Professionals Committee’s generous support, each year Futures and Options awards college scholarships to outstanding high school seniors from our programs. A Toast To Brighter Futures, the Alumni and Young Professionals Committee’s annual event raises the money to support our Dream Big Scholarship Fund. In its inaugural year, Genesis Torres-Alcantara, Esther Orekunrin and Maria Rojas received college scholarships; we were delighted to learn how they are each adjusting as college freshmen.
Heather Raftery, Executive Director of the Cornelia Connelly Center and Genesis Torres-Alcantara
“When I got to the career office they were amazed that I not only had a resume but also that it was so detailed and showed so much work experience. I have definitely used the interview skills I learned at Futures and Options at school, and overall my Futures and Options background has made me feel much more confident and prepared. The financial relief [the scholarship provided] my parents and my family was huge. Not having to worry about paying for books has really helped my transition to college life.”
“As a Futures and Options intern, I learned about interview etiquette, setting goals, being on time, etc. It has all helped me as a college student because in college, there is no one to watch over you and make sure you stay on top of the work. Without a schedule, being on time and working hard, a college student can easily fall behind. However, Futures and Options taught all interns, including me, to work hard and avoid failure. The 2012 Dream Big Scholarship helped me and my family with paying for college and avoiding student loans. The scholarship taught me to not take things for granted and to continue to work harder.”
Maria Rojas with her mother
“I help in the pre-production process for Paper Trail, one of the shows. I help schedule/organize casting and source locations/assist in location scouting. It’s really exciting to work with BUTV10 because it feels like a professional set and I am a part of a team that takes it all very seriously. The Dream Big Scholarship really helped relieve some financial stress in college. I was able to buy my books and a few other school supplies. In general, Futures and Options really helped in funding the little things that I didn't realize I would need.”
To support the 2014 Dream Big Scholarship Fund or attend A Toast To Brighter Futures on April 28 at SPiN New York, please click here.
Dean Christopher Rodgers, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Fordham University Rose Hill, talks with students about campus life
The College Guidance Initiative, a program helping F+O’s high school students apply for college, has rapidly expanded over the past few years. Throughout the year, we hold monthly workshops on various topics such as writing strong college applications, understanding financial aid and choosing a major. This year, we added two college tours to this growing program. For our first trip, 13 students visited Fordham University on Wednesday, February 19, where they spoke with Dr. Patricia Peek, Director of Undergraduate Admission and Christopher Rodgers, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Rose Hill, and also took a campus tour led by Evelyn No, a current undergraduate student.
Zion Martin and Clare Harwood
Zion Martin, who is a junior at Samuel Gompers High School, started as an intern in the education department at City Parks Foundation in November 2013. The City Parks Foundation is truly unique in its mission: it is the only nonprofit to create free and accessible arts, sports, education and community-building programs in parks throughout each of New York City’s five boroughs. Their mission and educational programs make it an ideal work environment for Futures and Options interns, providing them with a variety of different work experiences.
Christine Scarfuto joined the Futures and Options team in March 2014 as a Program Coordinator. Prior to her time at Futures and Options, Christine taught Expository Writing to incoming college freshman at Rutgers University and introductory theater and writing courses at Fordham University and the University of Iowa. She was also part of the Write-A-Play program at Florida Studio Theatre, where she led workshops at elementary schools throughout Florida as part of an in-school arts initiative designed to inspire students to write plays. She received her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from The College of New Jersey, and her M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from the University of Iowa. In addition to working at Futures and Options, Christine has a career as a freelance dramaturg and theater producer. She has recently worked with Signature Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Playwrights Realm and the Goodman Theatre. She hails from the picturesque state of New Jersey.
Habitat F+O supporters are all smiles at Van Diemens
On Thursday, March 13, more than 45 people came to Van Diemens Cafe and Bar for a happy hour to support the 15 F+O students who will volunteer during their spring break with Habitat for Humanity in Virginia. Everyone had a wonderful time at the event, which raised $1,000 to help cover the trip’s food, transportation and other expenses. Our students are also raising money to make this trip possible, and to date have raised nearly $2,000.
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