The Center for Youth Employment pursues its mission of a bigger, better, and more integrated system of youth workforce programs through policy advocacy, program development and engagement with the field. CYE’s priority areas for program development and support include career exploration, expanding career access for high-need populations, high quality internships and capacity building. The programs described below illustrate the breadth and impact of the Center’s innovative approach.

Career Exploration


CareerPass brings New York City youth to some of the City’s most prominent employers for a worksite tour and a chance to learn about career paths within the host organization and their industry.

Career Exploration


A partnership with the Department of Education, CareerCLUE blends for-credit academics, career exploration, and paid service learning in an innovative summer enrichment experience.

High Quality Internships

Ladders for Leaders

Ladders for Leaders offers outstanding high school and college students paid, professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

High Quality Internships

CTE Industry Scholars

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Industry Scholars Program supports high school students in advancing their post-secondary education and career aspirations though valuable hands-on experience.

Career Access


CareerLift supports former “Opportunity Youth” newly hired into jobs through comprehensive retention and advancement supports as well as advisement and technical assistance for their employers.

Career Access

Parent Empowerment Program

The New York City Parent Empowerment Program is an exciting “two-generation strategy” that connects young parents to free childcare to support participation in employment and education programming.

Capacity Building

The Unity Project

The NYC Unity Project is a multi-agency strategy to deliver new and enhanced services addressing the unique challenges of LGBTQ youth, including those related to work and career success.