Preparing Youth for Responsible Adulthood
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The Opening Doors to the Future program serves New York City Latino or African American public high school students. The overarching goal of the Program is to encourage students to be responsible contributing members of society and leaders in their families and communities. Intensive counseling services and life-skills workshops support high school youth at a critical juncture in their social and emotional development.
Relationship, life skills and parenting workshops
Are designed to improve participants’ abilities to resolve conflicts, understand social-emotional aspects of sexuality and relationship dynamics, address issues related to parenthood, maintain healthy relationships and improve their confidence.
Financial literacy workshops
Are designed to teach financial management strategies that enable participants to improve their economic status and be good fathers and partners. Workshops include topics such as banking, budgeting, credit, avoiding debt and the importance of saving.
College and career exposure
Professional development workshops teach students the nuts and bolts of resume and cover letter writing, interview skills and how to develop talking points for networking. CHCF takes participants on college trips, college fairs and career days at partner companies, offering unique opportunities for students to explore their career and professional interests.
The internship component
Places a core group of participants in paid internships at partner companies to expose young people to an office experience. CHCF trains participants on time management skills and appropriate office protocols and behaviors. CHCF selects interns based on their interest, consistent participation in other elements of the program, a thoughtful application and an interview.
Mentorship and counseling
This component is based on peer modeling and mutual aid support. Program staff provide individual and group counseling and guidance to participants, as well as referrals to services and resources, including medical, housing, mental health and social services.