Not Just a Job-- A Career
Isaiah Smith learns about animal care and volunteer opportunities available at North Shore Animal League.
Career programs that take students out of the classroom and into the workplace help them figure out how to rely on themselves. We gave $20,000 to the Viscardi Center in Albertson for a program that teaches students about possible career paths, what positions are available, and the education needed to secure them.
Isaiah Smith, a student in the program who lives in Freeport, is now considering a career as a police officer. He says “At the Viscardi Center, I learned how to use negative energy as motivation to accomplish my goals.” Ninety-eight percent of those who have completed the program have graduated from high school and gone on to postsecondary education, employment, the military, or vocational training.
On a quest: Students visit Quest Diagnostics and Covanta Energy on career exploration trips.
Out of Foster Care and Into a Working World
When young people in foster care reach the age of 21, they must get a job and find a place to live. This process can be overwhelming. Without help, many children aging out of foster care end up behind bars, unemployed, or abusing drugs or alcohol. With our help, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (known as FREE) in Old Bethpage, is helping young people from two foster-care agencies: Mercy First in Nassau and Little Flower Children and Family Services in Suffolk counties. With our $20,000, the group started a Transition-to-Work program for 60 foster care youth, ages 16 to 25, which includes Basic skills training, apprenticeships and internships.