June 2020 News

Congratulations, graduates!



What’s next for the 2020 graduates?

Throughout the school year Comprehensive Youth Development has been working with seniors to develop their postsecondary plans, and we will continue working with them remotely after graduation. Two thirds of June graduates will attend college in the fall; CYD is supporting them during this summer “melt” period to keep them on track with their enrollments and financial aid processes. For those who are not college bound or will defer college in the fall, we offer several career exploration programs.

CYD also offers a range of job supports for students and graduates seeking full-time or part-time work during the summer and beyond. We are particularly aware that many students need to earn money now, either for college or because of job loss among themselves and their families.


Liangsuting Wu Luo

Liangsuting Wu Luo is a graduate of Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School. She has plans to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in the fall to study communications design.

Francisco Guzman

Francisco Guzman is a graduate of The High School for Health Professions and Human Services. He has decided to attend Hunter College in the fall to pursue a degree in nursing.

Isaiah Bermejo

Isaiah Bermejo is a graduate of City-As-School. He plans to attend the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in the fall to study film production.

This year’s graduates have decided to attend a large array of colleges and universities after high school:

  • Alfred University
  • Allegheny College
  • Alfred State
  • Adelphi University
  • Arizona State University
  • Barnard College
  • Baruch College
  • Binghamton University
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Bronx Community College
  • Brooklyn College
  • Bryant University
  • Buffalo State College
  • Canisius College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • College of Staten Island
  • Colorado State University
  • Co-op Tech
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • CUNY York College
  • Emory University
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Fordham University
  • George Washington University
  • Guttman Community College
  • Hamilton College
  • Hostos Community College
  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • Ithaca College
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Juniata College
  • Kingsborough Community College
  • LaGuardia Community College Lawrence University
  • Lehman College
  • Long Island University Brooklyn
  • Mercy College
  • Middlebury College
  • Mohawk College
  • Mount St. Mary’s University
  • New York City College of Technology
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Queens College
  • Queensborough Community College
  • School of Visual Arts
  • St. Francis College
  • St. John’s University
  • St. Joseph’s College
  • Stony Brook University
  • SUNY Broome
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Syracuse University
  • The City College of New York
  • The College at Brockport
  • Union College
  • University at Albany
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Delaware
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • York College

Career and Postsecondary Opportunities

All year long, CYD staff have been reaching out intensively to students who are considering alternatives to college in the fall. We are working with them to explore alternative pathways to careers, develop their postsecondary plans, and help them with their applications for programs, training, and service opportunities in the fields they wish to pursue.

CYD’s Career Exploration Speaker Series offers students a chance to engage with professionals about their careers and jobs. CYD also hosts mini career fairs with service organizations, gap year programs, and community colleges; and works with students individually to research careers and programs. Weekly sessions in the speaker series through mid-July cover a number of fields: accounting, architecture, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary, engineering, healthcare, hospitality, and legal careers.

So far, the response has been enthusiastic. Up to 20 to 30 students each session have been joining from their living rooms and bedrooms, actively engaging with the presenters on Zoom. It’s a credit to the creativity of the programming and the relatability of the speakers.

Jessica Yascaribay and Omar Campos – both graduates of MCNDHS and CYD’s Career Academy – were speakers at the June 10 session on healthcare careers. Jessica described her work as a medical assistant specialist at the Cayuga Center in Harlem, and Omar described his work as an EMT for Lennox Hill Hospital.

Career Exploration Zoom event where Carlos Castillo shared his journey in the culinary and hospitality field and what it takes to run his own taco truck.

Carlos Castillo, who spoke about culinary and hospitality careers on June 3, is an immigrant to the US like many of the students who joined his session. “I was once in your shoes,” he told them. On the suggestion of a chef at a restaurant where he was working as a dishwasher, he applied to CUNY’s College of Technology (City Tech) at age 27, earned a degree in hospitality management, and started a small business selling tacos out of a trailer in Jersey City. Today, he is the founder and co-owner of Carlitos Barbecue Taquería.

Carlos described childhood memories of large family barbecues in his native Honduras, a factor in his career decisions. He was open to all manner of the students’ questions: What is your favorite kind of taco? What is the most important quality in a boss? How much do you make? Can I come work for you? His message to students: “Stay in school. Learn. Be curious. Be passionate. Put in the work.” He shared the secret ingredient of his success: “It’s about having the right attitude.”

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