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Dream Big 2015 Was a Huge Success, Thanks To YOU!



Robert “Steve” Miller honored at Futures and Options’ fifth annual Dream Big benefit

October 26 fundraising event raised over $730,000 for our career and college readiness programs.

Robert “Steve” Miller, President and CEO of International Automotive Components (IAC) Groups, received The Dream Big Award from Futures and Options at its fifth annual “Dream Big – A Celebration of Opportunity” event held at the Plaza Hotelon Monday, October 26th.

“The investment in young people’s professional development and experiences, is a cause with an infinite future,” said Dream Big honoree, Steve Miller. “When businesses support and partner with Futures and Options they help build a stronger and more diverse work force. This is an organization that teaches students confidence through hard work and opens up the business world to a special talent pool.”

Miller joins a distinguished group of business leaders who have received The Dream Award for going above and beyond in helping students develop professional skills and achieve their career goals. Past award recipients include representatives of: Goldman Sachs, Evercore Partners Restructuring and Debt Advisory Group, AlixPartners LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, The Municipal Forum of New York, New York Tech Meetup and Personal Democracy Media, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., L.L.C., and the NYC Office of the Public Advocate and The Fund for Public Advocacy.

“We are so very proud of all of our students, who are motivated and determined to achieve their goals,” said Executive Director Patty Machir. “The value of early work experience is immeasurable, and when businesses partner with Futures and Options to provide opportunities for young people, everyone truly benefits.”



Futures and Options Students Awarded College Scholarships


Honoree Robert "Steve" Miller, President and CEO of IAC, with scholarship winners, Djassi Julien and Kayla Mackie.

Dream Big celebrates and recognizes Futures and Options students. Each year, the organization awards college scholarships to high school seniors through a competitive application and selection process.

This year, the Barbara L. Christen College Scholarship, named in honor of the organization’s founder, was awarded to Djassi Julien from the High School for Math, Science and Engineering. “It’s important to me that everyone have access to computer science,” says Julien, who started an organization called Young Hackers and hopes to work in Silicon Valley as a front end web developer.

The IPG Mediabrands Scholarship and Internship, sponsored by IPG Mediabrands for students interested in careers in media and advertising, was awarded to Kayla Mackie from Millennium High School. Mackie’s dream is, “to obtain a degree in communications and work in a position that will reach those who may be unreachable, connect the disconnected, and encourage those who are discouraged.”

Barbara L. Christen College Scholarship Finalists:
Fatima Keita
Mirwat Majumder
Oksana Poulis

IPG Mediabrands Scholarship and Internship Finalists:
Natashna Anderson
Angelica Gittens



Join Us For Our Young Professionals Committee

Happy Hour!



The Futures and Options’ Young Professionals Committee (YPC) is hosting a happy hour on Wednesday, November 11th at the Public House, 140 E. 41st Street (between 3rd avenue and Lexington). This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about joining Futures and Options’ YPC. It’s a great opportunity to network with our staff, Board of Directors, current members of the YPC and other young professionals looking to get involved.

Our Young Professionals Committee is made up of members who are passionate and committed to helping New York City teens explore college and career possibilities. As a member, you will have the opportunity to meet students, network with peers including Futures and Options alumni, interact with our Board, volunteer to support Futures and Options, and serve on at least one YPC subcommittee.

If you’re interested in attending the happy hour or if you can’t make it that night and want to learn more, please email Ariel Deitch at adeitch@futuresandoptions.org.








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