David Kaon, 23, tried a few jobs, then decided to go into the food business. Now he’s majoring in accounting at Queens College while preparing food at a big-box retailer to pay the bills and gain experience. He credits his career path to Queens Connect, a job training program.
“Before, I didn’t have a plan,” Kaon says. “I didn’t know how to build my résumé, I was shy and fidgety in interviews, and I couldn’t cook.”
We’ve given Queens Connect, the HOPE Program in Brooklyn and the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center in East Harlem $310,000 to help young people like Kaon who need a boost. The programs help with job training, interview skills, résumé building, and paid internships. Most important, they offer a second chance.
“It can be tortuous trying to find a job if you are young and have an empty résumé,” says Roderick Jenkins, who oversees these programs for The Trust. “It’s even harder if you are a parent, or dropped out of high school, battled addiction, or have a criminal record.” In short, Jenkins says, failure should be part of learning, not a deterrent.
“New York has jobs that are just waiting for women and men with the right training.” — Roderick Jenkins, The Trust’s senior program officer for workforce and youth development
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