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Mark your calendars: Next Monday, August 3rd, is Internship Appreciation Day! If you're a supervisor, share your love for your Futures and Options intern using #IAD2015. If you are an intern, let us know what makes this experience meaningful for you, or take a selfie with your supervisor and post to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!



8 Tips To Help You Achieve College Success


Dr. Marcia Cantarella speaks to a group of over 70 interns about how to succeed in college.

On July 8th, Futures and Options hosted Dr. Marcia Cantarella, author of I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide, who spoke with more than 70 of our interns about something that’s definitely on their mind: college.

Dr. Cantarella, who has held positions as Associate Dean at Hunter College, a Dean at Princeton University, part of the Dean’s staff at New York University’s College of Arts and Science, and Vice President of Student Affairs at Metropolitan College of New York, offered her expert advice on overcoming obstacles to college success by taking advantage of on-campus resources, building relationships with peers and professors, and staying on top of academics.

Below are just some of her tips – for more, check out her blog on the Huffington Post or purchase I CAN Finish College.

1. Choose a major that engages you. If you have zero interest in what you are studying and working toward, you won't be as motivated to succeed.

2. Get to know your professors. Start by asking questions in class, or stopping by during office hours. Not only will it help you academically, but establishing that relationship can expand your network. You might even be able to use that person as a reference!

3. Take advantages of on-campus resources like academic tutors and writing centers. 80% of students who use these resources have GPAs over 3.0.

4.  You don’t need to read every word of every book assigned to you. Learn how to read strategically and comprehend the points that the author is trying to make.

5. Continue to pursue work experience through internships or work study. You'll learn transferable resume skills, while building a network for the future.

6. Stay organized - your planner is your best friend and will help you manage our time and prioritize.

7. Get involved in extracurricular activities! Participating in clubs, especially in leadership roles, makes your resume stand out to employers.

8. Hang with people who have intellectual energy, and talk about your excitement about learning. Good grades follow passion.


Futures and Options Launches Program to Empower Young Women


YWW intern Sylvia Murray (second from right) attended the Women's World Cup parade with her colleagues from Legal Momentum.


With support from the Patrina Foundation, Futures and Options has launched a program this summer specifically designed to support young women as they begin their entry to the workforce.

Young Women in the Workplace (YWW), which kicked off this summer, provides paid, mentored internships, career readiness workshops, and a career exploration field trip to five young women in their junior or senior year of high school. The program is designed to prepare the participants to address the unique issues faced by women in the workforce by providing them with valuable professional experience, career-readiness training and a network of professional women to support them as they begin their higher education and career paths.

The five interns are currently working at organizations in New York City that empower women and girls, including the New York Women’s Foundation, Legal Momentum, Lower East Side Girls Club, the YWCA and Step Up. While they are working, the interns are also attending workshops covering topics that affect women in the workforce, such as female leadership, financial literacy and equal pay.

The program was developed by Corey Ogilby, who is a Futures and Options program coordinator. She said she was inspired to create the program after learning just how prevalent issues like sexual harassment and pay inequity are. “It is imperative that we teach our young women how to approach and combat these issues so they are able to become successful and independent leaders,” she said.

“We believe that by participating in YWW, not only will young women will be better prepared to enter the workplace, they will also have taken a first step toward building a professional network and developed a deeper understanding of the issues affecting girls and women on a local and global scale.”

Futures and Options is very grateful to the Patrina Foundation for helping us launch the YWW program.



KIPP Through College Interns Learn How to Lead With Purpose



Daniel Horgan leaads a workshop with Futures and Options' KIPP Through College interns.

On July 20, Futures and Options’ KIPP Through College interns participated in a workshop with Daniel Horgan of the D.G. Horgan Group, where they learned about leading with purpose and developing their strengths.

The D.G. Horgan Group offers youth, college and adult programming that is customized to meet individual, team and organizational goals. From classrooms and dorm rooms to community rooms and board rooms, they are driving impact through effective leadership development across the talent pipeline.

During the workshop, interns reflected on how their personal brand is defined and how it evolves based on their attitude, strengths and actions. They also identified the kinds of traits that a leadership “hero” would have, versus those of a leadership “villain.” The interns also developed “strength statements,” which were a personal reminder to them on how they deploy their strengths day-to-day and how they communicate with others including their managers.

At the end of the workshop, interns walked away with a better sense of their own strengths as well as tangible ways to leverage those strengths in the workplace.

“I think the most valuable take-away is that they learned how they can start putting their leadership skills into practice as interns,” said Christine Scarfuto, Futures and Options program coordinator.


“Even though they are not necessarily in leadership positions yet, they now know how they can channel their leadership strengths into their current roles and really start to take ownership of their careers and their futures.”

For more information on the D.G. Horgan Group, please visit www.dghorgangroup.com.



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