Learning to Work increases high school graduation rates by providing students with academic support, college preparation and guidance, career training, and paid internships.
Our students are 16-21 years-old and are either returning to high school after dropping out, or are unable to graduate from a traditional high school because they have fallen significantly behind. Growing up in low-income communities, many of our students have confronted exposure to violence and gangs, court involvement, loss of a loved one, homelessness, and teenage pregnancy. Recognizing that these circumstances can be challenging for almost anyone to overcome, our dedicated staff provide, 1,200 at-risk students at four transfer high schools and one night high school, with the skills and resources they need to succeed.
Although the program is called “Learning to Work” and paid internships are an important component of stabilizing students’ lives, the focus across all five sites is on strengthening students’ academic achievement so that they graduate from high school prepared to enter the workforce or to attend college.
Once students are on a stable course to high school graduation we provide individualized help that includes college tours and financial aid workshops, as well as panel discussions with entrepreneurs, small business owners, and C-Suite executives. Providing the opportunity for students to visit college campuses and have a dialogue with people and issues that are important to them, exposes them to experiences and places outside of New York, and empowers them to see beyond their circumstances to create a vision for a positive and productive future.
In every instance, the Mission Society’s Learning to Work program has reduced dropout rates, increased high school graduation, and college matriculation.
For more information, contact Edrick Johnson, Sr. Director of Career & Education Pathways.
Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School: 985 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212
Bronx Community High School: 1980 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx, NY 10473
Harlem Renaissance High School: 22 East 128th Street, New York, NY 10035
Emma Lazarus High School: 100 Hester Street, New York, NY 10002
Washington Irving Young Adult Borough Center (YABC): 225 West 24th Street, Room 1027, New York, NY 10001