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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

 

 

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, Matt Sullivan at msullivan@Door.org or 929-285-3193 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.  

Woodlawn Preservation Training Program

The Woodlawn Preservation Training Program (PTP) held in partnership with The Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy selects 20 interns each spring. Interns receive specialized hands-on training in masonry and restoration under the guidance of a Resident Craftsman. The PTP is a paid nine-week career training and job placement program which focuses exclusively on the restoration and preservation of stone typically found in historic cemeteries. Graduates of the PTP will earn an OSHA-30 Safety certification, Suspended and Support Scaffolding certifications, Jahn Mortar certification, and support applying to entry-level positions in the industry. Eligible applicants must be:  18-24 in spring 2020, a resident of the 5 Boroughs of New York City, have a High School Diploma or GED/Equivalency Diploma and authorized to work in the United States.

For more information, contact Talia Barzel, PTP Training Coordinator, at tbarzel@door.org or 929-285-3174  

Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP)

Our LEAP program targets young adults, ages 16 to 24 that are system involved (self-report experience with the juvenile justice system, foster care system, or have experienced homelessness) AND are interested in pursuing one of our post-secondary bridge programs, including college or training in a career sector (EMT, Woodlawn, TechBridge, or Bridge-to-College). LEAP participants receive extra one-on-one support, additional monetary incentives, leadership opportunities and follow-up support for 10 months post completion of their bridge program.

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 

Jobs, Internships & Work Training

Internship Coordinator

We provide internship opportunities for Intern and Earn 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.