The Future Pathways Challenge
How might we enable youth from under-resourced communities to bridge the gap between education and employment?
How might we enable youth from under-resourced communities to bridge the gap between education and employment – creating pathways to meaningful, family sustaining careers?
As a participant in Innovate NYC 2018, you will be tasked with building an empathy-driven understanding of the system which currently offers unequal access to youths in career development opportunities.
Barriers may include inadequate access to career exploration and work experiences, reduced levels of social capital, and forced prioritization of paid low-level jobs over career development.
Here 2 Here (H2H) is a Bronx based network of organisations and programs for high school and post-secondary students who are at risk of un- or underemployment. H2H’s goal is to help 10,000 young people on the pathway to family sustaining jobs by the age of 25.
Innovate NYC 2018’s challenge is sponsored by H2H and Youth Inc, an organisation that supports New York City non-profits who are transforming the lives of the city’s youth.
You will work with these organisations, companies, subject matter experts and students who experience the challenge directly, to develop solutions which better support their needs.
Structure of the program
Innovate NYC is a challenge based social innovation program open to university students across New York City. It brings together diverse participants from 11 different institutions in an intense hands-on studio format leading to the development of real-world design solutions to local challenges.
A core group of 20 students will be selected from across participating universities. The program is divided according to the following phases:
In-school workshops: April 21-22, 2018
Emphasizing leadership and ideation skills, these workshops encompass the basic toolkit all changemakers need to find their passion and turn their ideas into action.
Full-time daily workshops across three weeks (Mon- Fri): June 11-28, 2018
Serving as the capstone experience of the program, students will be brought together for an intensive hands-on experience. At the end of these three weeks, program participants will have co-created a tangible result that they deliver to the City of New York for use by NYC communities in the months and years ahead.
We understand that three weeks in June of full-time work can take a bite out of a student’s budget. That’s why we are happy to announce a limited number of stipends will be available. Students invited to interview for the program will receive a stipend application form as part of their notification package.
Innovate NYC is supported by Newman’s Own Foundation.
Participating universities are: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Brooklyn Law School, Columbia University, The Cooper Union, Fordham University, Guttman Community College, Macaulay Honors College, The New School, New York University, Bronx Community College & Pratt Institute.