The NYC Center for Youth Employment believes that every New Yorker will benefit from supporting our rising youth workforce.

But you don’t have to take our word for it—the employers and young people who have participated in our city’s youth employment programs can tell you themselves.

Dawn Dickstein

Founder & President

MD2 Property Group

Ladders for Leaders Employer

Entering their second year in the Ladders for Leaders program, MD2 Property Group’s

Founder and President Dawn Dickstein describes how her company has benefitted from the partnership, “There is no downside to the program. Ladders helped source a list of strong candidates, we hired one, and she is still working for us today. Ladders kind of fell in our lap and the program coordinators make it really easy.”

Ladders for Leaders, the NYCEDC and CFDA

Partnering to connect the fashion sector to local, high-achieving high school and college students

How do you ensure that New York City remains at the forefront of the global fashion economy? One strategy being implemented by the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), and the Center for Youth Employment (CYE) is to build and cultivate a local, thriving talent pipeline. The three organizations have combined efforts to introduce a wide array of programs intended to introduce NYC’s youth to the fashion sector and create pathways for local employment within the industry.

Hassan Pierre


Maison de Mode

Ladders for Leaders Employer

This will be Maison de Mode’s second year participating in Ladders for Leaders. Co-Founder Hassan Pierre describes the value his company realizes from the program, “Being that we are a start-up, interns are as crucial to us as our paid employees. The Ladders interns were highly skilled, organized and engaged. We are a small team and they managed to help us keep things running efficiently.”

Brandon Atkinson

Chief People Officer


Ladders for Leaders Employer

AppNexus first participated in Ladders for Leaders in 2016, and the company is signing up again this year. Brandon Atkinson conveys why the program is so important, “AppNexus is built on the belief that diversity, in all its forms, promotes innovation and creates better business outcomes. Through its ties with the local community, Ladders for Leaders has been an impactful addition to our Campus Program, introducing us to smart and motivated students, and strengthening our connection with New York City.”

Edgina Désormeau



Ladders for Leaders Employer

Edgina Désormeau is the founder and CEO of DE|1989, a media and communications firm that is entering their second year as a participant in the Ladders program. Edgina explains the impact the program has had on her company, “As a small and relatively new company without trendy ‘start-up’ competitive benefits to offer, attracting cream of the crop, young talent is certainly challenging. Participating in a program like Ladders for Leaders helped tap into a talent pool that would have otherwise been unobtainable for us.”

Aileen Gemma Smith



Ladders for Leaders Employer

Vizalytics joined Ladders for Leaders because we are proud believers in the New York City public school system. It is important to us to hire people who don’t necessarily come from a background of privilege. We’re looking for different perspectives, challengers to assumptions, and an eye for real-world applications. Ladders interns bring empathy and heightened curiosity that you don’t find with every intern.

Ladders for Leaders and the Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation

Partnering to connect technology businesses of all sizes to local, high-achieving high school and college students

The de Blasio administration launched the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI) two years ago with the idea of supporting this growth, while making New York City’s tech sector the most equitable in the country. MOTI has partnered with Ladders for Leaders, a competitive summer internship program run by the Department of Youth and Community Development and supported by the Center for Youth Employment, to connect technology businesses of all sizes to local, high-achieving high school and college students.

Ladders for Leaders and the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment

Partnering to place high quality, diverse interns into media and entertainment companies

From the iconic ‘Made in NY’ PA Training Program, preparing young New Yorkers from underserved communities for full-time jobs in NYC’s booming TV and film industry, to the $5 million MOME Women’s Fund for film, TV, and theatre projects, to Strategic Steps for Growth, an executive business education program designed for media and entertainment firms that want to grow their business, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) is hard at work supporting the NYC media and entertainment workforce. Most recently, the agency has prioritized efforts to diversify the sector by placing high quality, diverse interns into the media and entertainment companies they support.

Bill Rudin

Chairman of ABNY & Vice Chair and CEO of Rudin Management Company

Ladders for Leaders Partner & Employer

Last year, Rudin Management Company placed eight interns, both at their company and with a number of their nonprofit grantees. “The key thing for people to understand is that internship is not a one-way street,” Rudin explains. “We are teaching these kids and offering exposure to the world of work, whether it be at a for-profit or non-profit. But, we can also learn from them and the way they view the world. These young adults are the next generation of workforce, with computer skills, social media skills, and a life perspective that is different than ours. If employers are looking at it as purely philanthropic, they are missing an opportunity.”

Ladders for Leaders and NYC & Company

Partnering to build a talented, motivated tourism and hospitality workforce

“New York City’s tourism and hospitality industry is one of the strongest industries in the city, and we want as many New Yorkers to be prepared to benefit from it as possible,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company. “Partnerships between forward-thinking companies and programs like Ladders for Leaders will help our destination remain competitive and give talented youth a start in building an exciting, satisfying career.”