Bronx Youth Center: Systems-Involved Youth

The Bronx Youth Center offers several job and education programs to young people who have been involved in the juvenile justice system and/or the foster care system. We know that involvement in the foster care and juvenile justice systems can set young people back, and we’re determined to provide the additional, customized support you need to get ahead in your life. 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. 

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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 Shanieka Nelson by phone at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3529, or by email at snelson@door.org.

Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP)

If you have experience in the juvenile justice system, foster care system, or with homelessness and are looking for support to find a job and advance your education, LEAP is a great option for you. You’ll get one-on-one support from our staff to help you find work, prepare for college (including completing your High School Equivalency, applying for financial aid, and more), and set yourself up for a successful future. No matter what your goals are, our staff will help you get there. To learn more, contact Nell Rainey at 212-941-9090, ext. 3513 or at nrainey@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 and YAIP+, contact Shamek Johnson by phone at (212) 941-9090, ext. 3515, or by email at shjohnson@door.org.