The New York City Department of Youth & Community Development offers the Ladders for Leaders (L4L) Program for high school and college students between the ages of 16 to 21. Commonpoint Queens is proud to be an L4L provider that serves these age groups. The program hopes to include about 2,000 participants at 500 work sites, matching adolescents with jobs at a variety of establishments, including government and community agencies, private companies, local businesses, museums, retail shops, hospitals, sports enterprises, plus much more. The goal is to familiarize youth with the employment world and foster academic improvement and social growth.
Our goal as an L4L provider, is to help place individuals in work environments that suit their abilities and interest, while also providing them with basic training. The participants participate in the program throughout the summer. Participants work anywhere from 25-40 hours per week. Additionally, all participants will take part in 20-30 hours of orientation workshops. These workshops teach basic work readiness skills, including, but not limited to, resume writing, job interview skills, and dealing with conflict in a work environment.
Who is Eligible?
✔ Youth between the ages of 16-21 who are enrolled in high school or college
✔ A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00
✔ Resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
✔ Anyone with prior work experience, either paid or volunteer
✔ Legally allowed to work in New York City