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Help our students #BestTheTest


Program Coordinator Christine Scarfuto and William Ortiz, who will be participating in the SAT Pilot Program.

Since we work with high school students, we've been thinking a lot about the SAT. The test, which will be taken this spring by many of our high school juniors, is an essential step on the path to college. To help our students prepare, for the first time, Futures and Options has introduced a free SAT prep program, in partnership with CATES Tutoring


Expensive, private SAT tutors are the norm among New York City's private school students, while low-income high school students - the students who we serve - must look to their inadequately resourced schools for free test prep. On March 31st, a group of 20 Futures and Options high school juniors are set to begin our SAT Prep Program.


In order to provide this program to our students at no cost, we need your help raising $4,000. Please visit our Crowdrise #BestTheTest campaign and consider making a contribution to this great cause. All contributions will make a difference, and are greatly appreciated.


On behalf of Futures and Options and the students we serve, thank you for your support.


Now Accepting Applications for the ULF Program


2014 Urban Leadership Fellowship Interns attend "Municipal Finance Day" in Washington, D.C.

Futures and Options is currently accepting applications for The Urban Leadership Fellows (ULF) Program. The ULF Program is sponsored by The Municipal Forum of New York, Inc., and managed by Futures and Options. The purpose of the six-week, paid internship program is to enable New York City high school seniors to gain valuable hands-on work experience and training in the municipal finance industry.


In addition to working, interns attend two orientations, an opening breakfast, Bond School, a field trip to Washington, D.C., a public speaking workshop, and two additional career readiness workshops. The program concludes with a closing luncheon for the interns and supervisors, where each intern receives a $500 book grant from The Municipal Forum.


This is a competitive program with limited spaces available. The application deadline is Monday, March 30, 2015.


The ULF Program is open to graduating high school seniors only.  The criteria for selection include:

— An interest in a career in finance or law

— Availability to work full-time for the duration of the six-week, paid internship

— At least a 3.0 GPA

— Excellent computer skills

— A well-written personal essay

— Strong verbal and written English skills

To be considered, please fill out the program application. Please contact Corey Ogilby with any questions about the ULF program.



Futures and Options to launch Career Essentials

Internship Program


The family of Rebecca Dougherty, former Futures and Options senior program coordinator (far right), has generously funded a pilot internship program for Career Essentials alumni.

Futures and Options is very excited to announce the launch of an internship program for high school students who have graduated from Career Essentials. The program will provide the opportunity for five Career Essentials alumni to apply the work-readiness skills they learned in Career Essentialsas as paid, mentored interns at New York City businesses.


The Career Essentials Internship Program will launch this summer thanks to support from former Futures and Options’ senior program coordinator Rebecca Dougherty and her father, John Dougherty. The Dougherty family generously provided the funding in memory of Rebecca's mother, Nina Wintringham, who was an enthusiastic supporter of Futures and Options and its mission.


We are very thankful to Rebecca and John for providing students with another opportunity on the road to a successful future and allowing Career Essentials alumni to further explore the world of work while gaining professional experience. Students will be placed at internships that best match their skills and interests, and will work 25 hours per week for six weeks during the summer. All interns will attend pre-internship orientation sessions and weekly two-hour workshops, which teach work-readiness and life skills.


For more information about the Career Essentials Internship Program, please contact Corey Ogilby or call (212) 601-0002. 


Fuel50 helps Futures and Options students

identify skills, define career goals


Futures and Options aims to put our students ahead of the curve when it comes to career development. That’s why we’re thrilled to launch a partnership with Fuel50, which will help our students identify their professional strengths and personal values, allowing them to better define their career aspirations and achieve success.


Fuel50 is interactive cloud-based career path software designed by Career Engagement Group that delivers a clear career path and improved engagement at work. Fuel50 enables employees to drive their careers — at whatever stage their career might be.


Fuel50 has generously offered to donate their career path software as well as their time and energy to creating a customized platform for Futures and Options’ students. 
Our students, who are just in the beginning stages of their careers, will be able to use Fuel50’s software to identify potential career paths and better understand their own strengths and skills. By completing the customized assessments, Futures and Options’ students will gain a deeper understanding of how to be successful. They will also be able to access customized advice and training on how to best utilize and build upon what they learn.


Anne Fulton, CEO of Fuel50 says "we are very excited by this partnership to support the youth of New York City and we see the work of Futures and Options as important, valuable and potentially life-changing. We share Futures and Options’ vision of making a difference at this critical touch point of future careers and are excited that the career tools in Fuel50 can support this critical career entry-point.”


Futures and Options is tremendously thankful to Fuel50 for providing our students with added opportunities to succeed.



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