The Center for Youth Employment works in partnership with a wide range of City agencies to support programs that provide education, work-based learning, and other career readiness services to young New Yorkers with specific needs or barriers related to education and employment. To learn more about these and other programs, please visit the links below or contact us for additional information.

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Advanced Manufacturing Career Collective (AMCC)

The City University of New York (CUNY) Advanced Manufacturing Career Collective (AMCC) will create a pipeline of skilled, diverse talent into advanced manufacturing careers through educational and work-based learning experiences.

This effort will engage and train an estimated 400 students in year one, scaling up to support over 1,000 New Yorkers annually. AMCC will also strengthen the overall ecosystem of MWBEs focused on advanced manufacturing. This collaboration is with MOYE, CUNY and the Small Business Services' (SBS) Manufacturing Industrial and Innovation Council (MaiiC). 

CareerCLUE (Community Learning, Understanding, and Experience)

Launched in 2016, CareerCLUE is an enrichment opportunity for younger high school students that enables them to receive academic credit, explore careers, and engage in paid work-based learning. CareerCLUE combines STEM and Arts-based classroom experiences with hands-on work and explorations through field trips to businesses and service learning opportunities. Throughout, students develop essential college and career readiness skills like collaboration, critical thinking, presentation, as well as norms and expectations of the workplace.  Participating students can earn academic credit and a stipend of $700 for successfully completing the program.

Since its launch in 2016 serving three schools and 81 students, CareerCLUE has grown year by year, increasing the number of students reached at Community Schools and Career and Technical Education high schools across the City. In 2019, the program operated in 19 schools, reaching over 560 participants with ten partner organizations supporting programs in sustainability, coding, web development, mobile app development, digital media, and more.

CareerCLUE is a partnership between the Department of Education (DOE), the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), and the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE).


CareerLift was a comprehensive workforce program that provided supports to newly hired young adult employees to encourage retention and advancement using "Navigators"–team members from the provider organizations–who were stationed on-site with participating employers. Navigators helped workers address challenges both within and beyond the workplace, from tension with supervisors to accessing affordable housing or child care, enrolling in public benefits to supplement income, or financial empowerment to help employees manage their money and plan for their financial future. Navigators also supported participating employers by reducing their costs related to turnover and new recruitment.

In addition to demonstrating the value in helping young adult workers gain traction in the labor market, the initiative evaluated the feasibility of a Pay for Success (PFS) financing model that featured employers as payors for retention services for their employees. In this model, if the intervention succeeds in helping participants achieve targeted retention outcomes, the employer repays investors with a modest financial return; if the program falls short of its goals, the employer owes nothing. This project was the first in the country to explore employers as PFS payors. CareerLift was a partnership between the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE), JobsFirstNYC, Seedco, and Social Finance. Seedco is continuing a version of the program called Career Advancement, Retention, and Empowerment (CARE).

CareerReady Work, Learn, Grow (WLG)

CareerReady WLG is a Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) school-year program, in partnership with the Department of Education (DOE), CUNY, and the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE) that offers young people ages 16 to 19 from select public schools in New York City an opportunity to strengthen work readiness skills, explore careers, and receive academic support, including guidance on postsecondary education and the potential to earn college credit.

CareerReady WLG serves over 2,200 students annually at 91 high schools.

Civil Service Pathways (CSP)

Civil Service Pathways (CSP) is a fellowship for recent CUNY graduates in partnership with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), and the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE). This initiative helps connect graduates with rewarding careers in City government.

The fellowships are full-time and offer competitive pay and benefits. Fellows receive professional development opportunities, specialized training based on their career track, and have an opportunity to network with other professionals in City government.

Three high-demand career tracks are covered by the fellowship: policy and program analysis, data and digital services, and procurement and finance.  This collaboration is with CUNY and DCAS and is projected to place 50 fellows per year.

CTE Industry Scholars

The DOE Career and Technical Education Industry Scholars Program (CTE-ISP) supports high school students enrolled in CTE programs in advancing their postsecondary education and career aspirations through valuable hands-on experience. Industry Scholars participate in sector-specific work-based learning activities, training, and placement in an internship.

CTE Industry Scholars offers students work readiness, career exploration and internships in eight sectors:

  • Automotive and Transportation
  • Business and Finance
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Culinary
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Media, Technology, and Design

CTE ISP annually serves 600 students in spring-semester internships and up to 1,000 students in summer internships in partnership with DYCD's SYEP program.

CUNY Explorers

CUNY Explorers launched as a program that employed City University of New York (CUNY) students as College Coaches and mentors for DOE students in 6th-8th grade. In Spring 2021, the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE) supported an expansion of the program to serve students in 9th and 10th grade, providing college exploration through after-school activities for up to an additional 5,000 students and ensuring that students have the opportunity to visit a college campus to promote academic and life success.

CUNY Recovery Corps

CUNY Recovery Corps is a special Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) for CUNY students to help the city reinvigorate its economy in the aftermath of the pandemic downturn. Through CUNY Recovery Corps, students worked on initiatives supporting our city's small businesses, public health organizations, community-based nonprofits, government agencies and schools. The program launched in Summer 2021 and served 4,100 students in partnership with CUNY, the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE) and prioritized enrolling students most impacted by COVID-19.

CUNY Tutor Corps

Established in 2016, CUNY Tutor Corps is a partnership with CUNY's Office of K-16 Initiatives and NYC DOE to bring more than 250 students from CUNY colleges into middle and high school classrooms for 12 hours per week, helping them become highly effective tutors and teaching assistants in STEM classrooms. In 2021, the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE), Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City supported an expansion of the program to hire and train an additional 300 CUNY students and support the academic needs of over 7,500 DOE high school students who experienced learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exploring Futures

Exploring Futures is a career exploration pilot to enhance middle school students' awareness of different potential career paths, helping them develop a future-ready mindset with a skillset to match.

Through Exploring Futures, students in grades 6 through 8 begin to link their personal interests to career goals and professional identities. Using a career exploration curriculum, Exploring Futures combines classroom learning with engaging career exposure opportunities through online activities, employer and college site visits, and more. The model offers middle schoolers a research-based program for robust career exploration, beginning with afterschool programming during the 6th grade year and moving into a more formal setting during the school day for 7th and 8th grade. Exploring Futures is a collaboration between ExpandEd, NYC DOE Career & Technical Education (CTE), and the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE).

License to Careers (L2C)

License to Careers (L2C) is a pre-apprenticeship initiative to train and place 50 recent high school graduates into career-track positions within the transportation sector.

The program supports young people ages 18 to 24 who are out-of-school and out-of-work in receiving their NYS Driver's License as well as places them into careers within the transportation sector. The program is a collaboration between the Young Men's Initiative (YMI), the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE), and the Workforce Development Corporation (WDC).

Parent Empowerment Program (PEP)

The Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) offers family-friendly support services to help young parents reach their employment and education goals through DYCD's Train and Earn program at Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT).

The program serves 50 young parents ages 17 to 24 and their children with services that address the education, employment, and developmental needs of both parents and children. PEP provides access to childcare, high school equivalency preparation, work readiness and occupational skills training (including paid work experiences), parenting support, and other wraparound services. PEP is a collaboration in partnership with DYCD, the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE), NYC Opportunity, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, DOE Pathways to Graduation, and DOE LYFE Centers.

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders is a program option within SYEP that serves young New Yorkers with barriers to employment, including involvement with the foster care or juvenile justice systems, homelessness or housing insecurity, families receiving Human Resources Administration (HRA) Cash Assistance, and students in DOE ACCESS and DOE District 75. The Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE) co-convenes a working group of City agency partners to support the program, which has grown from serving  1,000 youth to as many as 4,000 in one summer.

Unity Works

Unity Works is a comprehensive workforce development program for LGBTQI people, specifically aimed at creating work and education opportunities for homeless and runaway LGBTQI youth.

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) program will engage young adults 16-24 who are currently homeless or at risk of experiencing homelessness to facilitate their attainment of:

  • Basic work skills credentials, most importantly the High School Equivalency (HSE);
  • Advanced training opportunities during the program; social and emotional trauma-informed mental health support to help prepare them to successfully  enter the workforce; and
  • Meaningful connections to both short- and long-term career opportunities, culminating in enrollment in higher education and/or advanced workforce training credentials with direct, facilitated connection to long term LGBTQI affirming employment opportunities.

Unity Works is a collaboration between the Ali Forney Center, DOE Pathways to Graduation, Department of Youth & Community Development, Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC, the Mayor's Office of Youth Employment (MOYE), and the Unity Project.