December 2023 proved an impactful month of community dialogues, career exposure, and holiday cheer for the 120+ high school and college-aged youth in Roads to Success’ Work, Learn, Grow program. (An initiative by NYC DYCD)
On December 8th, our students participated in a compelling community discussion hosted by The Community Initiative of New York(TCIONY). Panel members, including individuals from the Manhattan DEA office, medical practitioners, and NYPD, shared insights on the impact of fentanyl in the state and efforts to protect citizens. It was an enlightening conversation that highlighted the collaborative spirit between our students and community leaders.
The following week, on December 13th, WLG students had the opportunity to attend a virtual career panel. Our panelists, many of whom are associated with worksites where our students will intern, shared valuable college and career experiences. This event fostered connections between students and their future supervisors,offering insights into their upcoming internships.
Continuing the dialogue,our students engaged with the Mayor Eric Adams on December 14th. They discussed issues within public schools, communities, and the potential impact of budget cuts. It was an empowering experience for our students to share their perspectives directly with city officials.
To wrap up 2023, WLG collaborated with TCIONY again for a festive holiday celebration with food, raffle prizes, and peer connection. Students also submitted worksite referral forms, preparing them for paid internships beginning this January through the NYC Department of Youth and Community Department (WLG employment readiness initiative).
By participating in enrichment that links youth to resources and sparks civic involvement, WLG students gain tools to create change from within their communities. We look forward to their continued growth in 2024!
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