Career Matters is designed to assist young adults in New York City, ages 16-24, not enrolled in school, unemployed and face challenges to obtaining meaningful work. We are located in Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn NY. Career Matters is a no-cost career advancement initiative that offers New York City young adults who are “out of school” paid internships, industry credentials, High School Equivalency, full scholarships to CUNY Advanced Training programs and job placement assistance. The program is funded by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and administered by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. The program provides companies with industry recognized young adults with hands-on training and work experiences that provides them with career advancement opportunities in a number of New York City’s most viable employment sectors.
Our Queens and Staten Island program equips youth with industry credentials and job readiness to succeed in key industries. The Queens and Staten Island sites offer credentialing in Microsoft Office Suite, National Retail Federation, and ServSafe (food handlers). Our Brooklyn program equips youth with the professional and technical skills to enter and succeed in the construction industry. The Brooklyn site offers a full scholarship to CUNY City –tech for a 5-week hands on construction training program!
Overall we provide young adults with a comprehensive set of services, an Individual Service Strategy to match them with the professional skills building, supportive services, technical training, paid work experiences, and job placement assistant to achieve a living wage in New York City. Monthly leadership labs offer participants mentorships, entrepreneurship training, financial literacy training, and community service opportunities. Furthermore, the program provides ongoing assistance and coaching for one year to ensure the young adults are placed in sustainable jobs and lead to increased earnings.
Areas of interest:
- Career training programs,
- College information,
- Technology/Computer and Software Engineering,
- Tradework (construction/plumbing/mechanical, etc.)