Workforce Development

For nearly 50 years, the Y has been a source of hope and inspiration for local youth through our workforce development programs. We often are a starting point of employment and vocational exploration for thousands of youth residing in and around the Northern Manhattan area. The Y’s Workforce Development team is committed to providing year-round opportunities for youth to explore their vocational interests, join in select internships, and benefit from individualized support as they build their career paths.

We are committed to helping youth achieve the goals of financial self-sufficiency and a high level of self-esteem. Our goals are:

  • To encourage and train youth to become financially self-sustaining.
  • To support our youth as they explore what they are passionate about and guide them as they transform their vocations into a career path.
  • To provide youth with the skills to become more marketable and better prepared for success once they join the workforce.

Our Team

Monalisa Tolbert
Managing Director of External Youth Programs
212-569-6200 x271
Natalie Villanueva
Summer Youth Employment Program Older Youth Director
212-569-6200 x239

Check out the Y’s current workforce development programs:​

Summer Youth
Employment Program —
Younger Youth (ages 14 - 15)

Our curriculum emerges organically from your child’s interests, ideas, and experiences.
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Summer Youth
Employment Program

Older Youth
(ages 16 - 21)

A New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) program that connects New York City youth between the ages of 16-21 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experiences each summer.
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