YESS! Program

The Young Adult Empowerment Strategies for Success (YESS!) Program is now accepting applications for our work readiness program that also offers internship opportunities. In addition, the YESS! Program offers remote workshops and job preparation services for young adults between the ages of 18 and 28 who are both out of work and out of school and live in Brooklyn and Queens. Let our staff members assist you with gaining experience and matching with employment now.

We also offer:

If you are between the ages of 18-28, NOT WORKING, and NOT ENROLLED IN SCHOOL in the FALL (2020),
please submit your information in this contact form.

A YESS! program leader will contact you soon:

Healthy Families 4 (Bushwick)

Healthy Families 4 provides participants with information and referrals to entitlement programs, education, employment assistance, access to legal assistance, housing, transportation, and mental/health services, including HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Staff arrange appointments for clients, conduct assessments, screen for benefits and entitlements, complete application forms, and assist with English/Spanish translations. The program is primarily open to residents of Bushwick.

Eligibility: The client/consumer must be a resident of the Bushwick neighborhood. Healthy Families will serve families in need of support and family-strengthening services.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Family & Youth Support Centers

Family & Youth Support Centers are a general preventive program for families with children under the age of 18, and is designed to address the safety and well-being of children in high-risk families during crisis situations when a caretaker places the child at risk of foster care placement. Services include individual and family counseling, domestic violence counseling, case management, behavior management, school advocacy, home visits, referral services, parent skills training and more.

Eligibility: Pregnant women and families with at least one child under the age of 18, who are at risk of foster care placement due to identified risk factors which include, but are not limited to: domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, parent-child conflict, child acting out at home/school, substance abuse, etc. A family may also qualify if a family member is on trial discharge from foster care services in order to reunite the family and prevent replacement.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, times vary by location.

Summer Youth Employment Program/Work, Learn & Grow

Catholic Charities offers a 6-week internship program for young adults ages 14-24 with placements in a variety of settings. Youth are selected by lottery, work 20-25 hours per week and are paid minimum wage. Staff facilitates an intensive job readiness orientation that focuses on professional identity, health and stress, financial literacy, and higher education, and hosts guest speakers and resource tables. SYEP Applications are available March-April every year. WLG takes place during the school year. Appointments are scheduled.

Riverdale Osborne Youth Internship

The Riverdale Osborne Youth Internship Program is a 14-week internship program for New York City young adults ages 16-24 who are not working and not in school. This program is composed of a 3-week paid orientation conducted by selected community-based organizations followed by an 11-week paid internship that offers structured work opportunities in various industries. This year-round program incorporates ongoing education as well as other participant and employer supports. Upon completion of the internship, the organization will provide nine months of follow-up services and help place the participants in jobs, training programs, or educational programs. Young adults must be a NYC resident and legally allowed to work in the US.

Pathways to Your Future

Pathways to Your Future is a workforce development program serving clients involved in the ESL and Intern and Earn Programs.  Participants must be enrolled in ESL or Intern & Earn Programs.

Ocean Bay Youth Work Learn Grow Program

This school-year internship program for young adults ages 14-24 offers placements in a variety of settings. Youth are selected by lottery, work 20-25 hours and are paid minimum wage. Staff facilitates an intensive job readiness orientation that focuses on professional identity, health and stress, financial literacy and higher education, and hosts guest speakers and resource tables. Appointments are scheduled.

COMPASS After School Program @ P.S. 106

The COMPASS Program provides students with after school learning opportunities, including homework help, arts and crafts, recreational activities, language arts, creative writing, violence prevention, dance and a host of other activities. The program also provides services to adults, including workshops on parenting skills and career development.

Eligibility: The target populations are children in grades K-5, ages 5-12 years old. The program is geared to the students of P.S. 106 as well as the surrounding community.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

After School Plus @ P.S. 50 (OST)

After School Plus provides structured activities for children ages 5-12, and is designed for working parents who want their children to be in a highly stabilized educational environment.  The program operates during the New York City school year and offers recreation, art, homework help, social skills development and creative writing. All activities serve to reinforce what each student is learning in school.

Eligibility: The target populations are children in grades K-5, ages 5-12 years old. The program is geared to the students of P.S. 50 as well as the surrounding community.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Family Child Care & Early Learn Programs

All programs provide quality services to young children and their families, who are treated as partners in the early care and education process.  The environment in the centers and providers' homes is safe and warm. Caring and competent staff and providers guide the children's learning by exposing them to a variety of both child- and adult-initiated, developmentally appropriate activities that promote their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.

When the children leave to pursue higher levels of learning, they possess a solid foundation for continuous learning as a result of being well prepared by our programs. They are willing and "ready to learn" more to achieve lifetime success.