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Google Invests $1m in ExpandED's Pathways Teaching Fellowship

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Google.org's $1 million investment in ExpandED Pathways Fellowship Computer Science (CS) track will empower aspiring teachers of color from underserved communities to fulfill their professional goals through a 10-month after-school teaching practicum. Ultimately, this will help increase the number of diverse CS educators in New York City and nationwide. Read full post

Answering the Call: A LinkedIn Employee Leverages His Resources for Good

Jennifer Friedlin
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
As Coronavirus sent New York City into quarantine and the scourge of racial injustice became increasingly evident, a wave emerged of individuals seeking to respond to the crises with action. One of them was Kapil Dattani, an account executive at LinkedIn, who decided to harness his desire to do good by creating a mentoring program for New York City teens. Read full post

Q&A: Even in a Pandemic, ExpandED Pushes for Program Excellence

Jennifer Friedlin
Friday, October 9, 2020
As part of its efforts to sustain and advance New York City’s afterschool system, ExpandED Schools directly provides grants to community-based organizations that run elementary and middle school programs in low-income communities around New York City. In addition, ExpandED offers coaching and training to help directors and line-staff deliver exceptional programming. Read full post

YES Mid-Program Report: NYC Youth Speak about Their Experience

Jennifer Friedlin
Friday, August 14, 2020
When the Summer Youth Employment Program was cancelled, you could practically feel the collective dismay of tens of thousands of New York City youth who faced yet another disappointment in a season defined by loss. In a typical year, SYEP offers income-generating, skills-building summer jobs to more than 70,000 teens and young adults, ages 14 – 24. Read full post

ExpandED Unveils Youth Empowerment Summer Jobs Plan

Thursday, June 4, 2020
In the wake of Mayor Bill De Blasio’s decision to eliminate the Summer Youth Employment Program, ExpandED Schools is proud to unveil the Youth Empowerment Summer Plan (YES), a reimagined system that would enable the city to provide remote work for 40,000 teens from communities hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. Read full post

ExpandED's Statement on Racial Injustice and Protests

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
ExpandED Schools stands with the Black community and the protesters in opposing racial injustice in all of its manifestations. Read full post

Q&A: Expert Says Infrastructure Exists to Support Virtual Work-Based Learning

Jennifer Friedlin
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
About 10 years ago, the National Center for Education Statistics found that 65% of American high schools had some career-oriented program, but that most only consisted of job-shadowing or no-skill internships. Over the next decade, Bob Schwartz, a professor emeritus of practice in educational policy and administration at Harvard Graduate School of Education, would like to see 100% of high schools students participating in robust, skill-developing, work-based learning (WBL) programs. Even in the age of the coronavirus, Bob told ExpandED in a recent interview, technological innovations make it possible to give young people experiences that will help prepare for careers and bolster the workforce. Read full post

Meet Jacob: Despite Tough Times, this Pathways Fellow Remains Focused on Becoming a Teacher

Jennifer Friedlin
Monday, May 4, 2020
Meet Jacob Moore, a 23-year-old Pathways Fellow who is on his way to becoming a teacher. Despite personal setbacks and the economic shake-up caused by Covid-19, Moore is determined to stay the course and apply to a master's program in education. Moore attributes his decision to go into teaching to the mentorship and training the Pathways Fellowship provided. Read full post

Daily News Op-Ed Calls on Mayor to Protect SYEP, Shouts Out ExpandED's efforts to Retool

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
New York City high school students call on Mayor De Blasio to protect funds for the beloved Summer Youth Employment Program Read full post

Video by Options Teen Apprentice Shows Life Under Covid-19

Jennifer Friedlin
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Check out this video by Keila, one of our Options apprentices. Options is an afterschool program for teens that allows them to earn school credit while learning new skills through an apprenticeship. Keila is doing hers at Educational Video Center and in an ordinary year she would then teach her newly acquired new media skills to kids as a paid summer camp instructor with the NYC Summer Youth Employment Program, which has been cut from the Mayor's proposed budget. Read full post


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