The 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation’s youth programs, including WorkForce 2000 and the Youth Mentoring Program, allow teenagers to explore career interests by giving them early access to work experiences and professional development opportunities prior to entering a traditional work environment.

WorkForce 2000 (WF2) is a year-round academic program designed to help teenagers succeed in high school, prepare for college and explore career interests. Students participating in this program will develop study strategies, writing skills and college action plans. Students will also receive targeted academic support and preparation for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP and New York State Regents Exams. All new students and their parents are required to attend an orientation in winter 2020. Current high school seniors are not eligible.

WF2 Components for Program Year July 2020 Through June 2021

  • Summer Experience (July 2020 through August 2020):
    • Summer Academic Experience: A four-week program focused on enhancing academic skills, exploring career options and planning for college.
    • Summer Work Internship: Students meeting the program requirements can apply for a six-week internship to gain work experience and explore career options. Some students may be eligible for paid opportunities.
  • Saturday Academics (September 2020 through June 2021): Students attend classes on select Saturdays at New York University. The academic component strengthens college and career readiness, builds life/leadership skills and promotes social/cultural development and community building.
  • Pre-RN Track: WF2 students who are considering a career in nursing and who meet the Pre-RN Track’s program requirements can apply for this year- round, career-focused academic and experiential learning program.
  • Workshops and leadership experiences: These are offered throughout the year, along with the annual Fall Retreat, which provides community-building, skill-building and problem-solving opportunities.

Through the Youth Mentoring Program (YMP), teenagers are introduced to the working world for six weeks during the summer with paid positions at 1199SEIU institutions or facilities where their parents are employed. The YMP currently has 241 active participants working at 22 host sites throughout the city.

As part of a grant from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, this summer 50 students participated in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) through WF2. Through the SYEP, students get a behind-the-scenes look at careers in the healthcare industry by assisting with general patient care, physical and occupational therapies, and clerical work in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers.

Learn more about these and other programs, and register for the 2020 Child Care Funds benefits before the October 31 deadline.

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