Bronx Youth Center: Jobs & Work Training

Are you ready to reach your greatest potential? Our FREE Jobs & Work Training programs at the Bronx Youth Center will give you so much more than just a job placement – we’ll help you explore different career paths and gain the skills to help you find and keep the RIGHT job. Check out our many options to pick the right program for your background and goals! The first step to joining any of our programs is to become a member by coming to an intake session at the Bronx Youth Center on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. 

For more information about any of our programs, fill out our easy online form! If you’re interested in programs at our Manhattan location, please visit our Jobs & Internships page.

The Academy: Internships for Youth in Foster Care

The Academy is a unique program designed to prepare foster care youth care for adulthood. The comprehensive – yet flexible – structure offers individualized academic and employment services while providing supportive counseling. You’ll learn essential life skills that are critical for your future success, and be ready to hit the workforce! To learn more about The Academy, contact Rachel Moser by phone at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3528, or by email at rmoser@door.org.

Emergency Medical Training (EMT) and Information Technology (IT) Bridge Program

One of our most unique programs helps young people start career pathways that lead to well-paying, in-demand jobs. Currently, we offer introductions to Emergency Medical Technician training and Information Technology (IT and computers) – known as TechBridge. You’ll learn the basics of the profession, setting you on the right path to a life-long career. For TechBridge, you’ll complete CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications. In our EMT Bridge program, you’ll earn a CPR certification and be eligible to sit for the NYS and National EMT Certification. To learn more about our Bridge Programs, contact James Johnson by phone at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3512, or by email at jjohnsonjr@door.org.

Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP / YAIP+)

This is a fourteen-week program that gives committed young people ages 16-24 who are out of school paid work experience in a variety of professions. If you’re not currently in school and need some help getting into a career, this is a great program for you.

YAIP is a two-step process. First, you’ll have a three-week job readiness training class. You’ll learn how to work as a team and as a leader, develop time management skills, improve your professional attitude and communication, and more. After the three-week class has ended, you’ll move on to a paid, 11-week internship experience that we’ll help you find. In the year that follows your internship, we’ll work with you to lay out your future goals and set you on the right path to meet them – it could be preparing you for college or vocational school, or helping you find additional internships or job opportunities. We also have additional resources for young people who have experience with the foster care system or the criminal/juvenile justice system (known as YAIP+). To learn more about YAIP, contact Shamek Johnson by phone at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3515, or by email at shjohnson@door.org. To learn more about YAIP+, contact Darrah Sipe at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3516 or at dsipe@door.org..

Woodlawn Preservation Training Program

Like working with your hands? Enjoy history and want to learn more about craftsmanship? Our Woodlawn Cemetery Preservation Training Program might be the right fit for you. Partnering with one of the largest cemeteries in New York City, this program provides ten weeks of skills training and a paid internship as a mason doing repair and restoration work at the Woodlawn Cemetery. You’ll get paid while you learn valuable skills to build a life-long career in a creative, crafts-focused field. To enter this program, you must be 18-24 and have a high school diploma or equivalency/GED. For more information, please contact Talia Barzel at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3514 or tbarzel@door.org.

Job Placement Assistance

Trying to figure out the right career for you? Meet with our Assistant Director of Education, James Johnson! He will help you make important decisions about your career, help you brush up your resume and interviewing skills, and connect you with prospective employers so you can find the right job for you. Reach out to him at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3512 or jjohnsonjr@door.org.

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 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 bootcamp. 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.orgYou can also visit Gap’s website to learn even more about the program.