The program will arm kids with the “skills, credentials, and experiences to thrive in the world of work.”
“CareerReady NYC will enhance our CUNY Career Success program, a comprehensive system that is preparing our students for careers that tap their talents and aspirations and enable them to provide for their families and serve their communities,” CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez also said in the release.
Changes to the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program, which began in 1963, are one of the main components of CareerReady. SYEP will now include more project-based learning and career exploration, a school-based SYEP option in all five boroughs, will serve kids residing in select New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments, and expand services for highly vulnerable student populations such as kids in foster care, runaway/homeless kids, and kids involved in the justice system.
CareerReady will also include initiatives to ensure CUNY students are on career tracks that will earn living wages after graduation. According to the mayor’s office, the Civil Service Pathways Fellowship (CSP) offers qualified CUNY seniors and graduates a paid fellowship of up to two years, with a pathway into the permanent civil service.