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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

Want to Play? Afterschool Educator Sadeon Develops a New Video Game

Jennifer Friedlin
Thursday, April 16, 2020
As a participant in ExpandED's computer science training program at LaGuardia Community College, afterschool educator Sadeon Martin has been learning how to teach his elementary school charges to code using Scratch. While sheltering-in-place he did some extra credit and developed a new video game. Read full post

ExpandED Takes to Twitter to Demand Afterschool Funding Protection

Saskia Traill
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
On April 14 and 15, ExpandED will take to Twitter to demand that our NYC Council Members protect afterschool funds. The high cost of this unprecedented must not be borne by the students, families, and communities that rely on the range of support -- from academic help to social and emotional learning to enrichment to a third meal -- afterschool offers. Please join us on Twitter and use the hashtag #CovidLearningLoss. Read full post

Spotlight: Amid Covid-19 Pathways Fellow Steps Up to Help Others

Jennifer Friedlin
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Jonas Casimir is always in search of a new challenge. Already equipped with an MBA and a job as a Department of Education community coordinator for students in temporary housing, Jonas joined the Pathways Fellowship last year in the hopes of transitioning to a career in teaching. Read full post


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