Work, Learn & Grow

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Work, Learn and Grow

23-16 30th Avenue
3rd Floor
Astoria, NY 11102
Tel: 718-204-2325

Program Hours October- April

The Work, Learn and Grow Youth Employment Program which is funded by NYC Department for Youth and Community Development (DYCD), is designed to allow participants of the Summer Youth Employment program to continue to build upon their experiences in SYEP by participating in this program.


Younger Youth Aged 14-15

The Younger Youth program provides 50 participants with after school career readiness and social growth activities for 25 weeks.  Participants are paid minimum wage, for 6 hours per week (after school hours) to participate in the full curriculum. Younger youth are not placed in actual work experiences but instead are immersed in an interactive program focusing on professional and self-growth. Each participant will be assessed by staff and these assessments will help determine their educational needs, supportive service needs, interests and goals for the program.

The curriculum is designed to be “hands-on” and interactive, engaging participants in several group activities:

Career Exploration allows participants to gain greater awareness of their personalities, interests and abilities and how these traits align with their career path. Youth learn how to explore careers that align with their interests and become familiar with the realities of what is needed to succeed in them. Work readiness sessions concentrate on basics including:

  • Resume and cover letters
  • Mock interviews
  • Workplace situations
  • Conflict resolution
  • Work-place behavior
  • Financial literacy

College Exploration consists of dynamic sessions focused on topics including: the value and necessity of a college degree, college size and options for living on campus, differences in college degrees, financial aid and scholarships, acceptance procedures and applications. Service learning projects are an integral component and participants collectively decide and work on a social cause of their choosing.

Our goal is that by the end of the program, participants will have gained a broader perception of the world around them and their own potential and self-worth while also serving the greater good of the community.

Older Youth Aged 16-24

The Older Youth program provides 210 participants with 25 weeks of after school employment placement and work readiness activities.  Participants are paid minimum wage for 10 hours of work per week after school, from October to April. Each participant is assessed by staff and these assessments will help them determine their interests and job placements and any supportive services needed.

Employment may be in:

  • Hospitals
  • Summer Camps
  • Law Firms
  • Small Businesses
  • Non-Profits
  • Retail Organizations
  • Parks
  • the arts

The Work, Learn and Grow career readiness training encompasses work readiness topics such as career exploration, financial literacy, conflict resolution, resume/cover letter writing and opportunities for continuing education and social growth.

Our goal is for participants to gain a greater understanding of themselves, the world of work, post-secondary education, and a sense of belonging to the community.