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Bronx Youth Center

The Bronx Youth Center, the first satellite location run by The Door, provides comprehensive employment and education programming to 500 young people every year between the ages of 16 and 24.

At The Door’s Bronx Youth Center, we pride ourselves on connecting with and supporting young people who have a diverse range of experiences. This includes young people who have experience with the justice system, foster care system and have experienced homelessness. Our support staff have expertise in navigating these complicated bureaucratic systems and can work to support young people to reach their goals.

Located in the South Bronx at 424 East 147th Street, the Bronx Youth Center is here for any young person who is looking for help preparing for a job or for their academic future. Our wide range of programs are available to any young adult, regardless of your current school or working status. We’ll help you set goals and get on the path to success. 

All of our BYC programs are free – you just need to join by attending one of intake sessions. Intake sessions are held on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. 

Want to become a member at the Bronx Youth Center? Intake sessions are held on Tuesdays at 2 p.m.
For more information about  our programs, fill out this easy online form.

There are four major categories of programs that we offer:

High School Equivalency (HSE) & Education Supports

High School Equivalency (HSE)

The Door’s Bronx Youth Center’s HSE program serves students of all levels ages 16-24. The program includes both morning and afternoon classes. Students are accepted at any time through rolling admissions. While enrolled in the HSE program, students will be able to take advantage of: paid internships, onsite TASC (formerly the GED), access to their own coach, daily Metrocards and more.

For more information, contact Supervisor of Education Services, Jessica Randall at jrandall@door.org or 929-285-3198

Advance and Earn Plus

Our Advance and Earn Plus program is a HSE program for youth who have been or currently are in Foster Care or have received services through a FAP program or a Juvenile Justice program AND are looking to earn their HSE (formally the GED) diploma. For this program, you will need to be verified as having been in foster care by ACS. Students are eligible for an internship or a stipend for attending classes weekly dependent on which class they test in to. Youth who are in our Advance and Earn Plus program are also provided a coach and additional support around job readiness and placement. Admission for this program is rolling. We are excited to meet you! If you are interested, please contact Matt Sullivan, the Supervisor of the Advance and Earn Plus program at msullivan@door.org or 212-941-9090 ext. 3533 or Assistant Director of System Involved Youth, Nell Rainey at nrainey@door.org or 212-941-9090 ext. 3513

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Increase your reading, writing, and listening skills! The Bronx Youth Center offers afternoon classes for ESOL students. Classes are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Paid internships and job placement available for all students. This program has rolling admission.

For more information, contact The Supervisor of Education Services Jessica Randall at (929) 285-3198 or by email at jrandall@door.org.

The Academy

The Academy is a unique program designed to support youth who are have had an experience with the Foster Care System (Preventive services, currently in care, aged out of care). We assist young people with their career and education goals as they move towards independence. The comprehensive – yet flexible – structure offers individualized academic and employment service, PAID Internships, support through case management, life skills groups, work readiness workshops and supportive counseling. 

CURRENTLY RECRUITING

For more information, contact Supervisor of Foster Care, Shanieka Nelson at snelson@Door.org or 929-285-3189 or Assistant Director of System Involved Youth, Nell Rainey at nrainey@door.org or 212-941-9090 ext. 3513

Post-Secondary

Emergency Medical Training (EMT)

Are you 18-24 and interested in a career in the medical field? The Bronx Youth Center’s free EMT bridge program is for you! We offer: free EMT training in partnership with Hostos Community College, EMT-B certification, CPR certification, driver’s license, job assistance, and additional incentives. Cycles begin in each October. 

For more information, contact Career Advancement Coach, Rasheem Palmer at rpalmer@door.org or 929-285-3190 or James Johnson at jjohnsonjr@door.org or 929-285-3172

Information Technology (IT) Bridge Program

The Bronx Youth Center’s TechBridge program is for 18-24 year olds that are interested in pursuing a career in information technology (IT). This bridge program offers: free IT training in partnership with Per Scholas, CompTIA A+ certification, Network+ certification, job assistance, and incentives.

CURRENTLY RECRUITING: Cycles start each quarter

For more information, contact Techbridge Coordinator, Gautam Sachdev at gsachdev@Door.org or 212-941-9090 ext. 3519 or Assistant Director of Education Services, James Johnson at jjohnsonjr@door.org or 929-285-3172

Bridge to College

The Door College Transition Services include preparation for entrance exams, enrollment/re-enrollment assistance, and other support to help you succeed on campus. To learn more about transitioning into college with The Door, contact Joyce Paton by phone at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3531, or by email at jpaton@door.org.  

Advance & Earn – Woodlawn Landscape Restoration Program

CURRENTLY RECRUITING FOR FALL 2020

This brand new program is for young adults interested in careers in landscaping and horticulture. It is run in partnership by The Door – Bronx Youth Center and the Woodlawn Cemetery & Conservancy. This fall, The Woodlawn Landscape Restoration Program (LRP) will select 30 Interns to receive specialized hands-on training in landscaping and restoration under the guidance of expert instructors from The Davey Tree Expert company. The LRP is a paid ten-week career training and job placement program which will offer training in mowing, leaf, and grass blowing; landscape bed maintenance/mulching/edging; shrub and small tree pruning, and more!

Are You Eligible?
• Age 18-24 in March 2020
• Resident of the 5 Boroughs of New York City
• Have High School Diploma or GED/Equivalency Diploma
• Authorized to Work in the United States
• Not Currently Working or In School

Application Instructions:
Please click here to download a copy of the 2020 application. Applications will not be reviewed unless they are submitted completed with a resume and essay. Selected candidates will be asked to complete reading comprehension & physical agility test at Woodlawn Cemetery, and an interview with The Door team.

Application Deadline: Friday, August 7th, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Program Begins: Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

For more information or to submit your application:
Contact Talia Barzel, Supervisor of Training – Woodlawn, at tbarzel@door.org or 929-332-4056

Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP)

The Door’s LEAP program is an additional layer of support for young people, 16-24 who self-disclose having contact with the justice system, foster care system or experienced homelessness and are interested in one of our post-secondary programs. Young people are connected to LEAP services if they have completed their High School Equivalency with The Door and are interested in enrolling in one of our post-secondary programs, or they already have their HSE and are currently enrolled in one of our post-secondary programs. The post-secondary bridge programs that we support include-EMT, TechBridge, Bridge to College, and Woodlawn. We host Bridge to College courses across both our Bronx and Manhattan sites. As a member of LEAP participants receive:

  • Extra one-on-one support
  • Additional monetary incentives
  • Leadership opportunities
  • If you complete your HSE with us you are eligible for $150.00 HSE completion incentive. If you want to matriculate through one of our Bridge programs you are eligible for 5 check ins at $25.00 each between the completion of your HSE and the start of your bridge of interest.
  • Support for 10 months post completion of your bridge program. During that first year post completion of the bridge, participants are provided a check in per month where they receive support from a staff person and an incentive of $50.00

    CURRENTLY RECRUITING

    For more information, contact Juvenile Justice Coordinator, Victoria Brasher at vbrasher@door.org or 929-285-3185 or Assistant Director of System Involved Youth, Nell Rainey at nrainey@door.org or 212-941-9090 ext. 3513

 Advance and Earn Plus Training with Solar One

We are excited to offer a post secondary opportunity in relationship with Solar One https://www.solar1.org/ .

Enrollment for this program takes place twice a year in February and September. This is an opportunity for young people, 18-24 who have their High School Equivalency or High School Diploma AND  have been or currently are in Foster Care or have received services through a FAP program or a Juvenile Justice program to earn credentials, including an OSHA 30 and participate in a training that will introduce them to the field of green construction. This program is 5 weeks of on site learning at Solar One in Long Island City followed directly by 20 weeks of internship and job placement support into the field. Please reach out if you are interested today!

Please contact Matt Sullivan, the Supervisor of the Advance and Earn Plus program at msullivan@door.org or 212-941-9090 ext. 3533 or Assistant Director of System Involved Youth, Nell Rainey at nrainey@door.org or 212-941-9090 ext. 3513

 

Jobs, Internships & Work Training

Internship Coordinator

We provide internship opportunities for Advance and Earn Plus and Academy participants.

For more information, contact Internship Coordinator, Basyah Prabhu at bprabhu@door.org or 212-941-9090 ext. 3524. 

The Academy

The Academy is a unique program designed to support youth who are have had an experience with the Foster Care System (Preventive services, currently in care, aged out of care). We assist young people with their career and education goals as they move towards independence. The comprehensive – yet flexible – structure offers individualized academic and employment service, PAID Internships, support through case management, life skills groups, work readiness workshops and supportive counseling. 

CURRENTLY RECRUITING

  • 10 weeks, 10 hours per week at $15.00 an hour

Young people can apply on a rolling basis

The internship is for any person who is:

  • Academy Eligible (currently in or a history of foster care or preventive services)
  • In our HSE Program
  • Are not job ready and
  • Are not attached to any of our other internship programs

**All others will be assessed on an individual basis**

For more information, contact Supervisor of Foster Care, Shanieka Nelson at snelson@Door.org or 929-285-3189 or Assistant Director of System Involved Youth, Nell Rainey at nrainey@door.org or 212-941-9090 ext. 3513  

This Way Ahead

This program is for young people ages 16-24 who want to gain job and leadership skills, whether they are in or out of school. With a coaching program and the partnership of major businesses (like Gap, Old Navy, and the Banana Republic), you’ll be setting yourself up for success. Being part of This Way Ahead will require participation in regular workshops led by both Door coaches and employees from some of our partner companies. You’ll learn about possible careers and work on the skills you need for a future job. It entails a 4-week pre-training and a 6-week boot camp. Those young people who successfully complete the training will have the opportunity to interview for a PAID 10-week internship at Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic stores. You’ll also get access to numerous supportive services, modest stipends, and additional internship opportunities. This Way Ahead training runs in two sessions: March to June and June to October. To join This Way Ahead, you’ll need to attend an information session, held at our SoHo location Tuesday-Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and at our Bronx Youth Center location on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. is available at both our main location in Manhattan, and our Bronx location.

To learn more about This Way Ahead, contact Andre Nelson at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3362 or by email at thiswayahead@door.org. You can also visit Gap’s website to learn even more about the program.  

Job Placement Assistance

Any young person who attends programming at our Bronx site will have access to job placement support while they are working towards their career and education goals. Each program as a job developer specific to the young people who are in the program.

Activities, Fun & Additional Support

For everything else/additional supports to help you stay on track to meet your career and education goals, we offer the following activities.

For a more detailed description, visit our activities page.

      1. Life skills: Gender identity group
      2. Drama club
      3. LEAP
      4. Criminal Law Clinic
      5. Workshops
      6. Drama Club

Various support groups including a parenting group, life skills group, and Academy Weekly Wednesday.

Please reach out to The Assistant Director of System Involved youth, Nell Rainey at 212-941-9090 ext. 3513 or nrainey@door.org if you want more information about our other programming at our Bronx Site.