Futures and Options’ internship program offers paid work experience to New York City youth ages 16-20 who face skills and access gaps upon seeking employment. The interns participate in career development workshops that include resume writing, interviewing, networking, professional behavior, leadership, and teamwork. An independent evaluation of the program stated that the addition of hard skills training would enhance participants’ chances of being hired. Current business partners also stated that they would expect an increase in the skills of the interns to match the increase in the minimum wage, which the interns are paid. A consultant will help Futures and Options update their curriculum to include computer training and certifications, particularly in Microsoft Office products, as well as integrating the new training into the program.
This grant will support the inclusion of digital productivity skills in Futures and Options’ training for youth.