Community Outreach Highlights

NYC Ladders for Leaders

February 2 – March 1

Hire a student (16-22) for 6 weeks this summer at minimum wage and change the course of their career. The City vets the students via a rigorous application, interview, and pre-employment process.

With summer just a few short months away, we wanted to share some information about Ladders for Leaders, a program connecting talented youth to employers as paid interns during their summer months at home in New York City.

Ladders for Leaders is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) supported by our NYC Center for Youth Employment. It is a rewarding experience both for the interns and the organizations that host them.

Youth participating in Ladders for Leaders apply to participate—they are vetted, then provided with professional development training, ensuring quality talent in your workplace this summer. More than a third of the interns that participated last year received offers of employment after the program ended – and 98 percent of participating employers reported having a positive experience with their interns.

Your company is paired with a community-based organization, which sources and vets the students for you per criteria you share. You can indicate the age level, educational background, degree of experience and hard and soft skills you are targeting for intern candidates. Your community-based organization will then present you with 3 candidates for your selection—making it easy. More details on the program are below along with a short blurb about the program in case you’d like to share this opportunity with your community as well.

We’re looking for commitments by March 1st but know that summer internship spots are filling up fast so please be in touch asap if you’d like to participate!

If you have any questions or would like to apply to be a part of the program for 2017, please let us know.

The Ladders for Leaders program is flexible. You have the option to pick several ways to participate. For example you can:

  • Offer a paid, professional summer internship
  • Provide access to summer jobs
  • Host a site visit
  • Support the Career and Technical Education program
  • Mentor a young person
  • Partner with the NYC Fashion Forward initiative.

If you decide to participate in the ‘Offer a paid, professional summer internship’ option please be aware of the following:

  • The internship needs to be at least 6 weeks with students working a minimum of 25 hours per week
  • Employers have to pay the student at least a minimum wage of $11/hour for the duration of the internship
  • The internship must commence by early July
  • The intern must work at your NYC office.

Signing up is simple.

  1. Please visit this link and fill out a short form.
  2. Enter any specific skills (hard or soft) that you are looking for including criteria such as: age level, educational background, degree of experience in the Message section of the sign up form.
  3. Once you click submit you will receive, shortly thereafter, a follow-up from representatives with the Center for Youth Employment

Our relationship manage at City Hall is Richard Rosen, his email address is: and he will help you get the answers you need.


Virtual Judges Needed for NCWIT Collegiate Awards

February 1 – February 28

The NCWIT Collegiate Award, sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Qualcomm, honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of college women of any year of study. Conferred annually, the NCWIT Collegiate Award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact. The multi-tiered structure includes recognition at the national and local levels, serving all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases.

The winners of this prestigious award will receive $10,000 and a trip to the NCWIT Summit in Tucson, Arizona. Honorable mentions also receive $2,500 and a trip to the NCWIT Summit. NPower is seeking Technical volunteers to help judge the Collegiate scholarship applications from hundreds of young women nationwide. Judging is done online and can be completed at any time from 2/1-2/28.

Judging Period:    Wednesday, February 1 – Tuesday, February 28

Time Commitment: Reviewers typically spend 3-5 hours scoring 3-5 applications. Reviews do not have to be completed all in one setting. Each application review takes 30-60 minutes to complete. We ask that you review at least 3 different applications to see the range of quality, but you may review as many as you like.

Your Role: Volunteers are needed to serve as virtual judges and score applications online using NCWIT’s scoring rubric.

Next Steps:

1. Volunteers are asked to commit 3-5 hours judging Collegiate scholarship applications online. Once you have judged your first set of applications, you are welcome to judge additional applications if you want to.

2. If you would like to volunteer please contact Risé Jacobs, coordinating for SIM NY Metro, at


“Beyond Coding” SIMNY Volunteer Outreach

August 23, 2016

In partnership with NYC Tech Talent Pipeline and Code to Work, 4 volunteers from SIMNY Metro participated in the workshop at Microsoft Times Square on August 23, 2016. The objective of this event is to allow 80 students with the opportunity to interact with a wider range of people within NYC’s tech ecosystem and have them practice what they learned throughout the summer and receive feedback. Mock interviews, resume reviews and speed networking were held. In the photo (L-R): Kingchih Fan, Microsoft East Cost Venture Capital Engagement and MS Startups – Global PM; Bethany Crystal, GM USV Network; Simon Moloney, Managing Director Code to Work; Joel Binn- CIO NYC Dept of Sanitation; Judy Arteche-Carr, SIMNY Board Chair and Community Outreach Head; Lauren Andersen, Executive Director, NYC Tech Talent Pipeline and Rob Galvin, CIO Port Authority NY/NJ.


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