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Young Adult Workforce Program

The Young Adult Workforce Program provides multiple pathways to success for young adults currently and/or previously in NYC DOC custody. The program aims to reduce recidivism by increasing the employability of the population served. The program offers a range of services prior to the young adult’s release from Rikers Island, including Empowerment Workshop and individualized support services, and a variety of post-release services geared towards supporting reentry.

Our Workforce Development Workshop Series is available to current or former justice-involved participants aged 18 and above. Courses offered cover a wide array of topics including Financial Literacy, Learner’s Permit Examination Preparation & Driver’s Education, Job Readiness & Career Planning, Housing Support & Home Management and more.

Workforce Support Specialists help participants obtain vital documents, research employment opportunities and housing availability, and find other supportive services. Participants may have the opportunity to participate in a paid internship with the Workforce Development Team at SCO.

Quarterly events give clients the opportunity to interact with people from different professions, employment agencies and community resources. Achievement ceremonies celebrate participant milestones and accomplishments.

Our goal is to help our clients find their path forward and set goals to reduce the rate of recidivism, and to provide positive reinforcement and ongoing support.

Who Can Benefit from this Program

Young adults who are on or have been released from Rikers Island

Age Criteria or Other Eligibility Requirements

Age 18-21

How to Access this Program or Service

Referred by NYC Department of Correction


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