Young Adult Internship Program Expands into Bedford-Stuyvesant

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) announces an expansion of its Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) into the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. This new component will allow disconnected young adults the opportunity to gain experience and skills by combining 5-weeks of job skills training along with a 14-week paid internship. OBT’s network of established dynamic partnerships with top business services firms, law offices, financial institutions and small businesses allow it to provide trainees with valuable on-the-job training. In addition, some of the internship sites will provide leadership development courses and mentoring, allowing participants to enhance their skills and ultimately become better, more responsible employees and leaders.

On December 1st OBT introduced the expansion of its successful YAIP model into Bedford Stuyvesant, -YAIP Bed-Stuy. The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) originated and designed the YAIP program, and with funding from the Mayor’s Center for Economic Opportunity, launched it as a successful pilot in 2008. OBT was a recipient of this innovative initiative and has been operating the same program in the Bushwick community since 2008. YAIP Bed-Stuy will serve 90 disconnected youth who live in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area. Participants will seek to enhance their skills in customer service, business etiquette, financial literacy and computers skills while working in a paid internships making up to $2500 in 14 weeks. The program reinforces the written business communication skills, relationship building, critical thinking, research skills, and interviewing techniques that are necessary skills in any job or job search. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive valuable assistance of OBT’s experienced Corporate Recruiters with job placement.

“We are excited to be expanding our reach and working with such motivated young people from Bed-Stuy,” said Randy Peers, executive director of OBT. “This program gives these youth the opportunity to gain valuable work skills while earning a paycheck. For many, this program represents their first entry into the professional workplace.”
For more information about YAIP Bed-Stuy, contact OBT’s YAIP Program Director Kim Robinson at
718-387-1600.

About Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT): OBT is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization located in Brooklyn, New York. Founded in 1983, OBT provides academic and vocational training, empowering women and men from low-income neighborhoods to become self-sufficient with rewarding jobs and futures. OBT is best known for its Youth Education and Job Training Program, which provides GED classes and business-skills training to young adults in a simulated corporate environment. OBT also serves adults with job-training and literacy programs. All trainees receive extensive job-retention support after placement. All training takes place in state-of-the-art computer labs and classrooms. OBT serves more than 3,000 clients annually and has 46 fulltime employees.

About The Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO): CEO was established by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006 to implement innovative ways to reduce poverty in New York City. The CEO works with City agencies to design and implement evidence-based initiatives aimed at poverty reduction, and manages an Innovation Fund through which it provides City agencies annual funding to implement such initiatives. CEO oversees a rigorous evaluation of each program to determine which are successful in demonstrating results towards reducing poverty and increasing self-sufficiency among New Yorkers.

About the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD): DYCD was created in 1996 to provide the City of New York with high-quality youth and family programming. Their central task is administering available City, state, and federal funds to effective community-based organizations. DYCD supports New York City youth and their families by funding a wide range of high-quality youth and community development programs. It is also the designated Community Action Agency for New York City, which is the local grantee for the Federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

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