Mission Statement: YouthBridge-NY is a nonprofit leadership development organization that convenes and trains young people to meet the challenges of an extremely diverse New York City.
Vision Statement: YouthBridge-NY is devoted to improving the atmosphere of respect and diversity in our city and the schools and community organizations in which our youth leaders live and learn. YouthBridge-NY youth leaders are proactively involved in the leadership and diversity landscape of our city and are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all.
Each spring, YouthBridge-NY recruits high school 10th graders to participate in this two-year leadership training program, which begins the following Fall when they start 11th grade
Year 1 - "Fellows" (11th grade)
Fellows take part in monthly skill-building workshops and specialized action committees focusing on appreciating diversity through photography, grant-making, or diversity in the workplace.
Year 2 - "Bridgers" (12th grade)
In their second year of the Fellowship, participants become Bridgers (seniors in high school) and participate in advanced skill-building workshops and engage with YouthBridge-NY Alumni and Board Members.
Fellows and Bridgers participate in a kick-off summer retreat, special meetings with corporate and City leaders, build friendships with peers from all five-boroughs, and more!
Absolutely not! Fellow and Bridgers also participate in:
- Roundtable meetings and discussions with major decision makers in New York City
- Field trips and tour of local organizations, corporations, and museums
- Internship opportunities
- Hands-on experiences with local community-based agencies
- Community service projects
To apply to the Fellowship Program, please send your contact information to Karen at YouthBridgeNY@gmail.com to request materials. Please note, recruitment for 2015-2016 program year will be open around February 2015.