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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Job Training, Secondary & High Schools, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Futures and Options empowers New York City’s underserved youth to explore careers.  Through career development and paid, mentored internships, our model program enables New York’s underserved youth to gain much needed access to the economic mainstream, work readiness training and support from caring adults. At the same time, private and nonprofit businesses are connected to a pipeline of promising, motivated and diverse young interns. We reach out to teens at a formative time of their lives, guiding them to further their education and become contributing citizens.citizens of the community. Through paid educational internships, this model program enables businesses and not-for-profits to gain access to promising, motivated and diverse young interns, who in turn gain much needed access to the economic mainstream, career development and support from caring adults.

Results: Since its inception in 1995, F&O has served over 4,500 New York City youth and coordinated paid, mentored internship placements at over 500 private and nonprofit businesses. Thanks to ongoing support from F&O staff, 94% of participants have successfully completed their internships. Historically, over 90 percent of F+O students graduate from high school on time and attend college. Recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse on college persistence indicates that F+O program graduates are achieving success in college, with 60 percent or more of our college age alumni still enrolled in school.

Target demographics: F+O youth come from low and moderate income families. 67% qualify for free lunch. In FY2014, our student population was 45% African American, 26% Hispanic, 11% Asian/Pacific Islander, 9% multi-ethnic, and 4% Caucasian, 5% other; 51% female and 49% male.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, F+O served 628 youth by providing work-readiness training and college preparatory services.

Geographic areas served: NYC

Programs: the Internship Program, Career Essentials, Bridge to Work, the College Guidance Initiative, the College Success Program, the CE Alumni Network and On the Road.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved it! I was matched to the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) for a summer internship. I was immediately given great responsibility and assigned a very interesting project which aimed to increase visitor-ship of LES. The Futures and Options mentors and my supervisor from the LES BID were very helpful and supportive; I really appreciate it. Eventually my summer internship lead to a weekend job and I am really grateful for this opportunity!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I definitely recommend Futures & Options to others. I joined F+O at the beginning of this year and it was a wonderful experience. The staff works very hard to ensure that students are placed in an internship site. I was placed at AMS in the summer and while interning there F+O provided workshops once a week to guide the interns on what's expected of them in the workplace and how we can better ourselves. I am still at AMS interning for the fall and the things I learnt from F+O is still helping me today. Another thing I like about F+O is that even after graduating from High School, they still plan different events for college students which helps us to remain in contact with them. Overall F+O is a great organization to get involved with.

1 Ralph V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I definitely recommend every youth in New York City to join Futures and Options. My experience with Futures and Options has been great, F+O prepared me for the future by making me experience what it is like to conduct myself in the professional world. I am currently part timing (while in college) for the same company that F+O helped me gain an internship from. Not to mention that the staff in F+O are very friendly! They really make the workshops fun and engaging. I love them! Keep it up Futures and Options!

William O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Futures and Options is a great program. I recommend this program to anyone. I talk very highly about the staff and how well this program is. I'm very thankful for the opportunity they had given me the past year. I'm currently applying for my 3rd internship with futures and options, I'm looking forward to another wonderful learning experience with them. They have helped me in many ways that I couldn't have imagined and I'm very thankful for their help.

Paldon D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very appreciative and thankful of all the opportunities I have received from this amazing non profit that has workers who are very passionate and diligent! This summer, through the internship program, I had the great opportunity of interning at MetroNY Newspaper! My experience at MetroNY was productive and nurturing, and that is all because of FuturesandOptions! Thank you Rebecca, Claire, Jackie, Joanna, Janay, Tes, Patty and everyone at F+O for letting me into your world and developing me with positivity through my teenage years!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Future and options was awesome. I couldn't be more thankful of the opportunity I got. I wanted to gain experience from cooperate America and that is what they gave me. I learned a lot about what I wanted to do and they helped me answer my questions of my career. Another good thing about it is that they have an fun workshop which teaches you to improve better at your job. Also you get to put it on your resume and get ahead of others when applying for a job. All I have to say is that if your in high school and looking to get ahead of your future and career then please without any doubt, go to future and options!!!!!!

Angelazzhuo

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Like many teenagers my age, I was having trouble finding a program that would make my summer fulfilling and give me insights into the real world. I was puzzled by this dilemma for weeks until the program director of my leadership program introduced me to Futures and Options (F&O). Looking back, I feel so grateful to have found F&O because not only did F&O match me with an internship site that corresponded to my preferences , it also did an amazing job hosting weekly workshops for me and other interns. These workshops taught us professionalism and the norms of the workplace. I learned rudimentary office mannerism like the proper way to respond to emails. This might sound trivial to many working professionals, but as a teenager, this was all a learning experience for me. I didn't even know there was such thing called phone etiquette. They also brought us on career exploration trips. These memorable trips showed me a wide scope of career options. The trip to the NY County DA's office was extraordinarily memorable because it gave me a closer look at the court system and the criminal justice field, things that I wouldn't have been exposed to if it wasn't for F&O. Furthermore, my growth was catalyzed by the awe-inspiringly patient staff members. F&O's staff members were extremely patient and informative. They supported me constantly and answered all the questions I had. At first, I was a bit nervous about interning for the first time, but this worry was dismissed after the staff members guided and prepared me for the professional work place. Because of them, I felt confident at my internship site. I had a marvelous time interning at a LEGO robotics camp called Robofun. I never would have gotten the opportunity to experience this and expand my horizon if it wasn't for F&O. Like I've told many of my friends, if it wasn't for Futures and Options, I would have spent most of my days on Netflix. It's the truth.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Honestly, Futures and Options is one of the greatest platforms to gain the experience of a real job. Over the summer, Futures and Options provided me with an internship at CrowdsUnite. At first, I was unhappy because I wanted to do more of a Finance route and I had been placed in marketing. Gradually, I found a passion for Marketing and Press Release which I never knew I even had. Futures and Options even had workshops every thursday where you meet up with the wonderful staffs and talk about how work is going and how you can be more successful in your workplace. Thanks to Futures and Options, I had one of the greatest summers of my life, and I made tons of money doing so!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Futures and Options is an excellent program that provides the youth experience in the working world. It is an amazing program in which involves hard work, workshops, advice and snacks! I was an intern at Futures and Options and i applied again for the Fall season. I gained worked experience and has changed me in a way of become more mature and responsible. The staff there are friendly and very approachable. I recommend anyone who wants to gain work experience and also prepare for college.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Futures and Options provides a great opportunity for NYC youth to interact with nation-wide professionals through the Summer Internship Program. It also helps the youth mind to think about their prolong lives, college and careers they may dream of. My experience at Futures and Options has made me more aware of what the "outside world" expects from the youth in the workforce and the education field. Becoming a member of Futures and Options, I have grasped a lot of connections in the work industry and this program also function as my guideline to different opportunities that college will offer.