CYE is working with the New York City Department of Education (DOE), Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and The Fund for Public Schools to support CareerCLUE(Community Learning, Understanding, and Experience), a blended summer enrichment model that incorporates classroom instruction, site visits and supervised service learning projects that deliver real value for participants’ schools and communities. Launched in 2016, CareerCLUE offers opportunities for students to make connections between their classroom learning and their eventual postsecondary, employment and career choices.
CareerCLUE provides a foundational career development experience for young adults, supporting their acculturation to the world of work through real-world project-based learning related to career pathways within specific sectors. Students who complete the six-week program can earn an elective credit toward high school graduation. Participants meet for 20-25 hours per week, dividing their time between classroom (60 percent) and work experience (40 percent). In addition to academic credit, all participating students who meet attendance and academic requirements receive a cash stipend.
An initial evaluation of CareerCLUE in 2016 found that participants registered dramatic gains on a range of social-emotional learning outcomes. With its mix of for-credit academic enrichment, career exploration, and service learning projects that offer an introduction to paid work, CareerCLUE delivers a holistic experience that supports young New Yorkers at a crucial point in their development toward career success.