Innovation

Innovative Approaches

We begin by working in partnership with youth. We examine metrics to determine emerging needs. We collaborate closely with our partner high schools and with other leaders in the fields of education and youth development to provide paths for young people to succeed after high school.

Career Academy

We developed the Career Academy in partnership with the Borough of Manhattan Community College to provide postsecondary certificate training to our alumni. This innovative program was designed to bring together the youth development expertise of Comprehensive Youth Development, the instructional expertise of BMCC, and employer input on best workplace preparation.

More than 250 young people have been trained as Medical Assistants and Emergency Medical Technicians. 60% of graduates are now employed in the healthcare sector.

The Academy was piloted as part of JobsFirstNYC’s Young Adult Sectoral Employment Program in collaboration with the NY Alliance for Healthcare, and in 2016 received a $1.6 million Workforce Investment Opportunities Act from the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development.

We developed the Career Academy in partnership with the Borough of Manhattan Community College to provide postsecondary certificate training to our alumni. This innovative program was designed to bring together the youth development expertise of Comprehensive Youth Development, the instructional expertise of BMCC, and employer input on best workplace preparation.

More than 250 young people have been trained as Medical Assistants and Emergency Medical Technicians. 60% of graduates are now employed in the healthcare sector.

The Academy was piloted as part of JobsFirstNYC’s Young Adult Sectoral Employment Program in collaboration with the NY Alliance for Healthcare, and in 2016 received a $1.6 million Workforce Investment Opportunities Act from the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development.

Omar
Finding His Calling
A 2012 graduate and single father, Omar returned to CYD to participate in the rigorous Emergency Medical Technician training program at the Career Academy. He passed the state exam, and is now a certified EMT as well as a proud role model for his son.

Expanding Options

With 80% of all jobs in today’s economy requiring some form of education or training beyond high school (National Skills Coalition, 2019), it’s imperative that young people have exposure and preparation not only for college but also for a range of other training and experiential opportunities available after graduation.

We’ve used the learnings we’ve gleaned from the Career Academy to build career services in all of our sites, where advisors introduce students and their families to choices they may not have previously considered.

With 80% of all jobs in today’s economy requiring some form of education or training beyond high school (National Skills Coalition, 2019), it’s imperative that young people have exposure and preparation not only for college but also for a range of other training and experiential opportunities available after graduation.

We’ve used the learnings we’ve gleaned from the Career Academy to build career services in all of our sites, where advisors introduce students and their families to choices they may not have previously considered.

Noah
Building a Future
Noah came to City-As-School in 2017 and graduated two cycles ahead of his peers. With a strong interest in hands-on work he is pursuing an AAS degree in Residential Construction at SUNY Delhi.

Youth Perspectives

To assess student needs and create responsive programming, it’s essential that all of us – practitioners as well as policymakers – hear from young people directly.

At Youth Perspectives symposia, students and alumni share their experiences with educators, policymakers, and funders. In sessions in 2018 and 2015, held at Goldman Sachs, student experts shared their experiences on College and Career Preparation and Expanding Options for High School Graduates with more than 100 adults. The next Youth Perspectives is scheduled for fall 2020.

To assess student needs and create responsive programming, it’s essential that all of us – practitioners as well as policymakers – hear from young people directly.

At Youth Perspectives symposia, students and alumni share their experiences with educators, policymakers, and funders. In sessions in 2018 and 2015, held at Goldman Sachs, student experts shared their experiences on College and Career Preparation and Expanding Options for High School Graduates with more than 100 adults. The next Youth Perspectives is scheduled for fall 2020.