The Catholic Charities Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) provides young adults, who are not working and not in school, with education and employment support. Much growth and renewed determination are seen in the students at the end of each intensive 14-week cycle. Catholic Charities is proud of their accomplishments, as exemplified by Christian Campos who represented Catholic Charities at the My Brother’s Keeper event which celebrated the creation of pathways to quality employment. The My Brother’s Keeper initiative was launched by President Barrack Obama to address the continuing opportunity gap faced by young men of color and to help connect these individuals to mentoring, support networks and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class. During this event, Christian, 23, spoke about what he gained from the Catholic Charities YAIP program. Initially chosen as a mentee by Pyrros & Serres LLP, he received enough professional and educational training through the support of our program that he was then hired by the firm as a paralegal--and he continues to be employed with the firm a year later.
Christian is a prime example of the importance of CCBQ’s programs and services and how we strive to make a difference in the lives of so many throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Catholic Charities is proud of and congratulates Christian.