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April 8, 2018   |   By The New York Community Trust
Eliminating Obstacles to Finding Jobs
Queens Connect Programs Helps Young People

THE CHEF IS IN: Through a Queens Connect program, chef John Gabor trains David Kaon as he prepares to take his food handler’s certification test.

Three Groups Get Young People into Careers They Love

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

 Learn more about our support for youth workforce development

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