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!
Futures and Options is a fantastic organization with a fantastic mission that helps kids from underserved backgrounds to have the same opportunities as more priviliged kids.
Futures and Options commitment to serving underserved youth to explore career in New York City is unparalleled relative to other nonprofits and private institutions in career development. The organization is wonderfully run and the real-time positive impact and change can be seen in the youths participating in the programs.
Been involved with the organization for the past three years - a true representation of top-down collective spirit in advocating for the welfare and growth of NYC’s most underserved youth communities. Honored to be part of the mission.
Futures and Options is a wonderful organization with a powerful mission to help underserved youth reach their full potential. The programs are truly exceptional, professionally managed and provide meaningful guidance to the students who participate. I’m proud to help support F&O and look forward to watching it continue to grow!
Being involved with Futures and Options means you will be getting to know the students involved in the program. I personally have experienced this in multiple ways including mentorships and various events. This aspect makes involvement with F&O extremely impactful and very unique. Through the pandemic, Futures and Options quickly adapted to continue to provide support and programming to students. Futures and Options has continued and tangible success supporting students with internships, college admission, career advice and beyond.
Futures and Options' incredible staff members are dedicated to the organization's mission and wore tirelessly to provide optimal services to employer partners and young people throughout New York City. The organization does an excellent job of introducing high school students to career paths they might not otherwise have know about, and its programs give students the confidence and skills needed to create paths of their own.
The people and the resources provided by Futures and Options far exceeded my expectation. As a high schooler, I was able to be connected to numerous opportunities in my area, and I was also able to attend workshops that were provided by Futures and Options.
Overall, their support defined my last year in high school, and their work has sincerely impacted my ability and confidence to go into the workforce.
Fantastic board and leadership. The work they are doing is so important in this movement towards equality and opportunity for all.
I am truly honored to be part of such a great organization. Futures and Options helps hundreds of underserved high school students each year prepare for work and college through paid internships. It's not easy to find and fund so many internships and to keep track and manage the students. F&O has built a great brand with employers who know that an F&O intern come ready and eager to work
I have been volunteering for several years and enjoy my interactions with the students. It is extremely rewarding to see the growth with the students and to see them do so many amazing things with their lives and see them give back!
I have attended and participated in many Futures and Options events with different cohorts of students and I have enjoyed these so much! I have been impressed by the maturity and the quality of interactions I got with the students both during mock interviews and career networking.
The Futures and Options team is impressive at coordinating these events and is always on the lookout for new ways to innovate and bring the best learning and experience to the students.
I truly believe in the work they are doing and the value they are delivering!
I have been involved with Futures and Options for almost four years now. They are an incredible organization that truly helps inspire the underserved youth in NYC. I started as a member of the Young Professionals Committee, then as chairman of the fundraising, and most recently as the co-chairman of the junior board.
Futures and Options does a remarkable job bringing equity into the next generation's workforce, and providing an abundance of opportunities to students in New York City they may not have had otherwise. Their attention to detail and dedication to each student is what sets them apart in this field. I am very proud to be associated with an organization that is doing such important and necessary work to change the lives of young people all over the city.
I am on the board of Futures and Options, and I remain a board member because of just how impactful the group is and how well run things are run for the organization.
I have looked at a number of similar groups and there is a 'secret sauce' to this group which creates just an amazing outcome for the students and supporting companies. The 'return rate' of companies seeking interns is extremely high and for a reason. The interest in students each year also continues to grow through word of mouth of prior participants. Futures & Options is a self-enabling success story that continues to grow for all the right reasons. In a time of strife, it is wonderful to be a part of such an effective group which is helping those who have need and to do so in a way that all can rally around its cause and purpose.
Futures and Options is a great space to learn more about yourself and also about you future options. It gives everyone a place to develop their interests and passions with the help of mentors and peers.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!!!!!!
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.
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!!!
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.
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.