Monday, November 29, 2010

NYC Ladders for Leaders

NYC Ladders for Leaders

NYC Ladders for Leaders is an innovative program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in summer internships with some of the most dynamic corporations and businesses in New York City. Participants receive pre-employment training before starting their seven-week summer internships, and also attend regular workshops throughout the summer that focus on work readiness, college orientation, health, and leadership development. NYC Ladders for Leaders is a partnership between DYCD and the Commission on Women's Issues.
Program Information:
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hat is NYC Ladders for Leaders?
NYC Ladders for Leaders is a college and career readiness program offering New York City high school and college students professional paid summer internships, college scholarship opportunities, free college preparatory and SAT courses, career guidance, and leadership development workshops.
Launched by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, NYC Ladders for Leaders is a joint program of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues (CWI).
Who can apply?
Anyone with prior work experience (paid or volunteer) who is:
  • A permanent resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
  • 16 to 21 years of age
  • A current high school junior, high school senior, college freshman, or college sophomore
  • Legally allowed to work in New York
Please Note: Alumni of the NYC Ladders for Leaders program (or its parent programs NYC GirlsREACH and BoysREACH and CAPITAL) are not eligible to apply for the 2011 program.
What is the application process?
There are three phases to the application process.
1. Application
2. Pre-Employment workshops and mock-interviews
3. Interviews with Potential Employers
Participants selected into the program must complete each of the three phases. Failure to complete or attend mandatory program events will result in dismissal from the program.
How do I apply?
Applicants must:
1. Complete all sections of the online application form. This includes:
  • Responding to each mandatory essay question in the corresponding text box;
  • Providing your resume in the appropriate text box. Resume should include any of your previous and current jobs, internships, leadership roles, volunteer commitments, extracurricular activities, and club involvement;
  • Agreeing to the NYC Ladders for Leaders guidelines (if under 18, must be agreed to and signed by a parent or guardian as well);
  • Listing your official scores from any college entrance exams you have taken (such as PSAT, SAT, SAT subject tests, or ACT);
  • Listing a valid email address that you check frequently. If you do not have an email address, you can create a free email account at various web hosts including but not limited to;;;; etc. (Note – all program communication, including invitations to mandatory program events, will be sent by email only); and
  • If you attend Boarding School or College/University located outside of NYC, providing a copy of your School Calendar (including winter and spring breaks, last day of classes and last day of final exams).
2. Mail a copy of your most recent semester report card or college transcript. If you are a college freshman, please mail your last high school report card along with proof of college enrollment (i.e. class schedule) to below address.
3. Complete and mail required applicant recommendation form (must be completed by a referring community based organization, teacher, guidance counselor, past or present employer) to the address below.Click PDF link for Applicant Recommendation Form.
*If you are unable to complete the online application, you may obtain a paper version of the application by emailing or calling (800) 246-4646. Return your completed application to the address below.
When is the deadline to submit my application? 
Applicants must submit copies of report cards or college transcripts, proof of college enrollment (if applicable), and recommendation form to the address noted below, along with their completed applications online or postmarked NO LATER THAN 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, December 6th, 2010 to:
NYC Ladders for Leaders 2011
c/o Ms. Julia Breitman
NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
156 William Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10038
What happens after I submit my application?
All applications will be reviewed for eligibility. Those accepted into the program will be contacted by email to attend the pre-employment program. YOU MUST attend all pre-employment events in order to be referred to a partnering company for an interview for a possible internship. Please keep in mind that submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the NYC Ladders for Leaders program or placement in a summer internship position.
For more information about NYC Ladders for Leaders, please visit us If you have questions about completing the application, please contact your referring organization or DYCD

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