Youth CAN!

2013 YOUTH CAN! Program Participants

 

The Program

The Futures In Motion: Youth CAN! Program is a pipeline program founded in 2013 to empower youth in foster care, ages 18-23, with the crucial skills, knowledge and support to become competitive in the marketplace. The program consists of an 11 week summer intensive professional skills workshop series. Upon completion of the workshops, our participants have the opportunity to be placed into part-time paid internships with our partner organizations, Northwell Health and Walgreens/Duane Reade, which provides additional hands-on career training.

The Need

Each year 800 foster youth over the age of 18 age out of the system in New York City. Half of all former youth in foster care in NYC, about 1,800 young adults, ages 21-24, are likely to be out of work¹. Of those who were employed, almost a third was working part-time. Of those who were unemployed, one out of six was incarcerated². With the proper tools and support, great progress can be made in helping these individuals access and hold onto employment that leads to self-sufficiency and life-long success.

The Impact

  • 39 youth in foster care have participated in the program to date
  • 34 were placed in internships through the program
  • 1 participant was hired as an Assistant Manager with Walgreens following Phase I
  • 20% of program participants are now employed

 

“I always knew what I wanted to do, but never had a way to get my foot in the door. This program opened the world to me.” — Jahlika, 2015 Youth Can! graduate

 

¹ Center for an Urban Future (2011). “Fostering Careers.” p.14 http://nycfuture.org/pdf/Fostering_Careers.pdf
² Center for an Urban Future (2011). “Fostering Careers.” p.4 http://nycfuture.org/pdf/Fostering_Careers.pdf