The Opportunity Youth Career Exploration and Access Program provides 100 high school students ages 14 to 17 from Brentwood, Central Islip, North Bellport and Wyandanch communities with the opportunity to improve their academic and career prospects as well as prepare for college.
Students develop communication skills, learn about attitude in the workplace and how to dress for success. Support systems and guidance are accessible to all students.
During the program, students earn the National Work Readiness Credential, which recognizes that they have the skills needed to add value in entry-level work positions. Students explore career opportunities through guest speakers, career personality assessments and more.
Participating students complete a paid internship, with a local community-based organization, that matches their individual interests. By participating in an internship, students gain meaningful work experience and training from a young age, which allows them to enter the workforce with a major advantage.
Sample internship positions include:
- Office Assistant
- Classroom Aide
- Camp Counselor
- Food Pantry Assistant
- Special Events
- Community Outreach
What's Opportunity Youth Students Are Saying:
Read more about Opportunity Youth Career Exploration and Access Project in our Press Room.
This program is made possible through the New York State Department of Labor.