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College & Career Readiness

Candace Brazier-Thurman
Learn more about ExpandED Options.
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ExpandED Options
Program Director
or call (646) 943-8780

The Center for an Urban Future reports that since 2000, the percentage of 16-24 year olds participating in the labor market has fallen from 45% to 29%, while the unemployment rate has spiked from 13% to 20%. And one out of every five New Yorkers in this age bracket (about 172,000) are neither working nor in school.

ExpandED Options

ExpandED Options connects New York City high school students to field-based learning and real-world employment opportunities. After school and on weekends, students (age 16 and older) apprentice with sports, cultural and science organizations that teach skills such as how to lead engineering activities or how to teach art. With teacher oversight, students earn academic credit for real-world, out-of-school learning that ultimately leads to paid summer jobs.

Research shows that field-based learning opportunities, such as those provided by ExpandED Options, can help youth stay engaged in school. Through granting credit for apprenticeships, we are enhancing students’ educational experiences by connecting course curricula to future college and career options.

Students who complete job-training apprenticeships are eligible to work in paid internships like these: