Preparing Young New Yorkers for Career Success

We are thrilled to announce the launch of CareerReady NYC—the City’s commitment to supporting young New Yorkers with the education, work experience and personal attributes needed for career success and economic security.

CareerReady NYC aligns the components of the “public talent pipeline”—K-12 public schools, publicly administered workforce programs, and the CUNY system—within a coordinated system of academics, work-based learning experiences, and comprehensive supports. Developed by a working group of City administrators, educators, employers, funders, and service providers, CareerReady NYC will furnish young New Yorkers with the skills, credentials, and experiences to thrive in the world of work, while ensuring a robust pipeline to fill the talent needs of local employers and fuel the city’s economic growth.

In the full CareerReadyNYC report you can read more about our strategy to engage and coordinate all of the City’s youth workforce stakeholders to realize the career potential of young New Yorkers.  Two highlights from the report include the Career Readiness Framework which outlines key milestones for young people in attaining career success and the Employer Engagement Menu which identifies activities for employers to engage young talent.  For more information about the launch, see full press release here.

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CareerReady in the News:

  • Gotham Gazette Op-Ed by Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson about why New York needs CareerReady NYC.
  • Blurb from NY Nonprofit Media that highlights key findings from the report.
  • Profile about the launch and our work from our partners at NYC Employment & Training Coalition.
  • Article from the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals about the launch and how CareerReady connects agencies to improve the careers of young New Yorkers.
  • Feature in NY Metro Parents that highlights how CareerReady NYC “will arm kids with the skills, credentials, and experiences to thrive in the world of work.”

See What Our Partners Are Saying:

“The highest priority of my mayoralty has been to end the ‘tale of two cities’ and render New York a place of equal opportunity,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Just as my administration implemented universal pre-K to advance equity for our youngest children, today we commit to expanding educational and work-based learning opportunities for our youth and young adults, from middle school through college, with CareerReady NYC.”

“CareerReady NYC helps put the pieces together for New York City youth,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Phil Thompson. “By more closely aligning K-12 education, career exploration, work readiness, and postsecondary education and training, we will provide our young people the tools they need to build the lives they want.”

“CareerReady NYC will support the DOE’s commitment to deliver high quality education and career preparation experiences for each of the 1.1 million students in our K-12 system,” said Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. “Its emphasis on exposure to the world of work and preparation for career success will help students envision the futures they want for themselves, and take the steps necessary to achieve them.”

“A vital part of CUNY’s educational mission is to prepare our students and graduates for careers through which they can demonstrate their talents, provide for their families, and serve their communities. Through CUNY Career Success, we are building a comprehensive system of career exploration, work experience, and alignment between classroom and workplace. CUNY is excited to be a part of CareerReady NYC as a means to advance those goals,” said CUNY Chancellor Félix Matos Rodríguez.

“Every year we give more and more students a paid opportunity that could change the trajectory of their careers. This year we are meeting young people where they are by revolutionizing the way they experience and connect to those interests and career options. By providing structured project and work-based opportunities, New York City youth are better prepared for careers of the future,” said DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong.

“For several years now, the Community Service Society has called for a closer connection between what New York City’s high school students learn during the ten months of the year they are in class, and the work experiences they have over the summer through SYEP. We strongly endorse CareerReady SYEP, and the full CareerReady NYC initiative, as a bridge connecting these vital components of youth development and creating a stronger foundation for college and careers,” said David R. Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Service Society of New York.

“CareerReady NYC sets out an ambitious vision and important first steps towards establishing a truly holistic and integrated set of services to support New York City youth on the path to career success,” said Darren Bloch, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships and Senior Advisor to the Mayor. “To make this vision a high-functioning reality at scale will require strong collaboration with employers and community stakeholders. We are grateful to the dozens of partners already supporting this work, and we look forward to hundreds, if not thousands, of others following their lead.”

“At the Center for Youth Employment, our core mission has been to more closely align education, career exploration and work readiness, and personal development for young New Yorkers. CareerReady NYC provides a compelling vision and a strong operational framework to support that alignment, and help our City’s youth define and achieve the futures they want,” said David Fischer, Executive Director of the NYC Center for Youth Employment.

“A solid educational foundation and early exposure to the world of work are key components in our efforts to create career pathways for all New Yorkers.  CareerReady NYC ensures those pieces are in place, preparing the City’s rising workforce to access good jobs with our large and diverse employer community,” said Amy Peterson, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development.

“Summer job experiences—with the opportunity to develop workplace and money management skills—serve as onramps towards securing a strong financial future,” said Florencia Spangaro, Citi Foundation’s Director of Programs. “The Citi Foundation is proud that Summer Jobs Connect, our continued collaboration with Mayor de Blasio and the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, has gone on to support the goals of the CareerReady NYC initiative. By connecting New York City young people with a summer job and the chance to achieve their career aspirations, we are helping to build healthy financial lives for young people.”

“New York City’s future prosperity rests in large part upon how well we prepare youth for career opportunities within a rapidly changing economy. The Partnership welcomes and supports the commitment of CareerReady NYC to more effectively partner with our city’s employers toward the shared goal of building a robust talent pipeline,” said Kathy Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City.

“CareerReady NYC looks to be the most ambitious career readiness initiative launched by any big city in the U.S.  It incorporates early and sustained career information and awareness in the middle grades, increasing opportunities for work-based learning in the high schools, and a stronger focus on career training and placement in the college years.  CareerReady NYC, designed to create a public talent pipeline, is good for young people, good for employers, and ultimately good for the city’s continuing economic growth,” said Bob Schwartz, co-author of Learning for Careers and Professor Emeritus, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“At Northwell Health, our top priority is the well-being of our patients and their communities. Our work with educational institutions and community-based organizations helps fulfill that mission by helping to prepare a well-qualified, highly engaged workforce to provide for their care. We are excited to partner with CareerReady NYC in strengthening those engagements to reach young New Yorkers with an interest in the healthcare field,” said Ram Raju, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Community Investment Officer at Northwell Health.

“The Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates four zoos and an aquarium in New York City, has a mutually beneficial relationship with the communities we serve. We depend on the people in these neighborhoods to help make a trip to the zoo or aquarium a great experience for our guests, and we are proud to offer the opportunity for youth to gain experience in the workforce. The Bronx Zoo has long been the largest employer of youth in The Bronx which makes our support and involvement with CareerReady NYC a natural fit. We applaud Mayor de Blasio, Chancellor Richard Carranza, and CUNY for initiating this important program,” said John F. Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs.

“One thing all businesses need, regardless of size or sector, is local, talented workers who have the skills and experience to hit the ground running. Our local economy relies on strong employees to grow and prosper. With its emphasis on work experience and approach of connecting classroom learning with career goals, CareerReady NYC offers great potential to help employers meet that need. We look forward to working with the City to implement this plan,” said Héctor Batista, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

“Modell’s is excited to be part of a group of stakeholders who collectively, will lend all available resources to adequately prepare New Yorkers for a variety of career opportunities. This is consistent with our mission to not only help provide those opportunities, but to support efforts that open up those paths with a number of career sectors that make this city a great place to work and grow,” said Greg Hambric, Talent Acquisition Manager of Modell’s Sporting Goods.

“It is critical for every student to have equitable access to real-time, industry-informed, and on-the-job training to prepare for the future of work. Uncubed began partnering with The Center for Youth Employment in 2017 to offer internships to New Yorkers who may not otherwise have been exposed to these experiences, and we have tripled our participation and investment in this internship program since. We are excited to further our partnership with CYE through the launch of CareerReady NYC, and to help in preparing even more New Yorkers for tomorrow’s careers,” said Brian Shoicket, COO, Uncubed.

“Discovery is proud to join CareerReady NYC, furthering our commitment to provide opportunities for young people to explore careers in the media industry,” said Adria Alpert Romm, Chief People & Culture Officer, Discovery, Inc. “This initiative enables Discovery to partner with the city, nonprofits, educational institutions and other like-minded companies to help New York’s youth learn about different industries, gain valuable work experience and build important relationships to help them become career ready.”

“Pipeline development is essential for the healthcare industry, which is among the largest employers across the City.  As a healthcare employer, we are especially excited that CareerReady NYC will prepare our City’s youth to meet the demands for skilled, talented, and innovative employees in our constantly evolving industry. We look forward to working with the Mayor’s office, community organizations and other stakeholders in the implementation of this important strategy,” said Jenny Tsang-Quinn, Vice President, Clinical Programs, Community Care of Brooklyn CSO, Department of Population Health, Maimonides Medical Center.

“CareerReady is an incredibly important expansion of the public school system’s efforts to fully prepare kids for life after high school.  We are excited to participate and introduce students to the inner workings of the hospitality industry,” said Caroline Gleser, Director of Development at BD Hotels.

“The best interns we’ve ever hosted came from the CUNY system,” said Jesse Derris, founder of brand consultancy Derris. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with the city to help uncover and nurture the next generation of talent in New York.”

“To build the workforce of the future, we need to create a pipeline of skilled talent as well as pathways for continued learning and mobility for young people,” said Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation President & CEO David Ehrenberg. “CareerReady NYC closely aligns with the Navy Yard’s mission around workforce development, our internship opportunities, and the high school curriculum at our recently opened STEAM center. We look forward to supporting this strategic partnership as it provides another opportunity to serve youth and employers in the City.”

“National Grid is committed to building local talent and investing in the future workforce. Through our partnership with CareerReadyNYC we are creating opportunities for young people to explore various career options, learn about the energy industry and secure internships,” said Laurice Arroyo, Assistant General Counsel, National Grid.

“Emmis Communications and Hot 97, WBLS and WLIB are proud to be affiliated with the launch of CareerReady NYC. We recognize the importance of being an actively engaged employer advocate for future generations by providing workplace learning opportunities in our organization. We have a vested interest in helping to identify and contribute to solid programs that offer framework for future stars in the workforce. We look forward to the success of the CareerReady NYC experience,” said Patricia Robinson, Director of Operations at Emmis Communications.

“The Office for Diversity & Inclusion of the New York City Bar Association is proud to partner with CareerReady NYC to provide younger New Yorkers access to competitive and life-changing career opportunities. Our Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program is a complementary conduit to engage New York City public high school students of color who are interested in the legal profession, and to build a legal workforce that represents all New Yorkers,” said Deborah Martin Owens, Executive Director, Office for Diversity & Inclusion, New York City Bar Association.

“Building talent pipelines that connect New York City students with employment opportunities and employers with talent is essential to creating inclusive economic growth,” said Abby Jo Sigal, CEO of HERE to HERE. “CareerReady NYC creates a framework that encourages these critical connections.  We are proud to work with the Mayor’s office, DOE, CUNY, employers, and the wide variety of stakeholders critical to advancing our shared goal of career success for New York City students.”

“Real work opportunities are an essential way for students to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to succeed after high school. Actively opening doors so that students can explore different careers, gain work experience while in high school, and choose a path after high school that fits them is critical to improving current, inequitable postsecondary outcomes. New Visions supports the ambitious goals of CareerReady NYC and looks forward to partnering on this effort,” said Mark Dunetz, President, New Visions for Public Schools.

“We know that engaging in career exploration early and often fuels students’ passions, gives them a clear sense of purpose for the future, and significantly increases their chances for college attainment. ExpandED is thrilled that the City is talking this next big, bold step to ensure that young people are equipped with the tools they need to be successful, life-long learners. Along with our colleagues in the youth development field, we are excited to propel change forward in partnership with schools, employers and higher education,” said Jane Martínez Dowling, President & CEO, ExpandED Schools.

“CareerReady NYC is a critical component of moving toward a fairer, more equitable New York City. #DegreesNYC recognizes that career preparation must be embedded throughout all levels of education and career exposure and readiness must be part of any quality secondary or postsecondary credential. In this spirit, #DegreesNYC commends CareerReady NYC on their goals and the work they are doing to align public resources to support young people,” said Judith Lorimer, Director of Goddard Riverside Options Center and core partner in #DegreesNYC.

“With today’s rising generation needing more education and skills to compete in a rapidly changing economy, it’s critical that New York City’s public talent pipeline is working in harmony to ensure that young adults are prepared and that employers have access to the talent they need. For the 118,000 young adults who are out-of-school and out-of-work, intervening earlier with career readiness and work based learning experiences is a critical first step to ensuring equitable access to the economic life of New York City,” said Kevin Stump, Vice President of Policy, Communications, and In-School Practice at JobsFirstNYC.