LaGuardia Community College has three new programs aimed at helping young adults get an education, find employment and improve the overall quality of their lives.
The Young Adult Internship Program is a 14-week course for individuals ages 16 to 24 who are not working or in school and gives them the opportunity to earn $2,500. YAIP offers three weeks of orientation prior to the internship and then 11 weeks of paid interning — 20 work hours and five workshop hours per week at $7.25 an hour. It also provides job counseling and work readiness training leading to the National Work Readiness Credential.
After completing the internship, participants will be able to prepare for college admission, enter an occupational skills training program, earn a GED diploma and connect with other job and educational opportunities.
Information sessions are held at 10 a.m. from Tuesday through Thursday and there is ongoing recruitment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Sindy Rivera at the college’s Workforce Education Center at 29-10 Thomson Ave., room C-344, in Long Island City. She can be reached at (718) 609-2131.
The college is also conducting a Young Adult Justice Program for individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who live in St. Albans, Hollis or Jamaica. Participants must have had involvement in the criminal justice system, meaning that they had committed a crime at some point in the last 12 months or are on probation.
The program helps those individuals earn a GED and prepare for college, gain job skills and experience, explore careers and learn leadership skills through community projects. Participants can also receive incentives like MetroCards and cash. All of the program activities take place in St. Albans. To make an appointment, call (718) 482-5128.
The third program, the CUNY Fatherhood Academy, is aimed at young dads between the ages of 18 and 24 who want to move ahead in their lives and careers. It is a free, five-month, three-day a week program that can help participants earn a GED, prepare for college, gain work experience, explore careers and learn about topics such as parenthood and financial literacy. Orientations will take place this month. For more information, call (718) 730-7330.