Training Youth in Foster Care to Become Ready for the Workplace

NEW HYDE PARK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today it has partnered with New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) and FEGS Health & Human Services to create a job training program providing young adults currently or formerly in foster care with the necessary skills to obtain a career in healthcare. The collaboration brings together experts in their respective fields to address the challenges faced by youth in foster care and to create solutions to help them transition into successful adult lives.

 North Shore-LIJ will be offering a 10-week Accelerated Career Training (ACT) program at its Center for Learning and Innovation (CLI) in Lake Success every Monday starting on June 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CLI is a nationally-recognized leader in workforce and professional development. This program will include general workplace training as well as education in specific health-related skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to young adults between the ages of 18 and 23 who have a high school diploma or GED. Each of the 10 pre-selected students will be paired with a mentor from the health system to help guide and coach them on a one-on-one basis. Students who successfully complete the program will be considered for a part-time, paid internship at North Shore-LIJ or be offered the opportunity to obtain emergency medical technician (EMT) training and certification.
In addition to the classes at CLI, there will also be supplementary educational sessions held once a week at the FEGS Academy in the Bronx. The FEGS Academy will provide the support services to the ACT program including a primary adult advisor for each student to help with goal setting and to provide intensive, consistent, one-on-one support during the program.

 Jennifer Mieres, MD, North Shore-LIJ senior vice president of community and public health, has been a mentor to a NYFC scholarship student. “The feeling you get from being a mentor is indescribable. The exposure to diverse thoughts, styles, personalities and cultures creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collaboration, goal achievement and problem solving,” she said. “We are committed to the well being of all members of our communities and by helping to increase the accessibility and availability of job training and health education we are building the pipeline for the future leaders and members of the healthcare team. This program is critical to help build self-esteem and self confidence as well as to educate young people about how to become a successful part of the workforce.”
Susan Magazine, NYFC executive director, said, “Young people in foster care have tremendous potential – what they often lack is opportunity. While the ACT program will provide that opportunity to the individual youth participating, it also stands to have a larger impact on the prospects of youth aging out of the foster care system. Innovative collaborations like this help us to create solution-based models that can be replicated in any career field, and allow us to share best practices with the larger child welfare community.”

 “FEGS welcomes this partnership and the opportunity to bring our extensive experience through the Academy, helping foster youth reach their educational goals, prepare for and obtain jobs, and transition to productive adulthood,” said Courtney Hawkins, senior vice president for Workforce, Education and Youth Services at FEGS.

 “It’s truly gratifying and rewarding to make a difference in the lives and careers of young people,” Dr. Mieres added.

 For more information about the program, call 516-465-3156.

About FEGS Health & Human Services
FEGS, one of the nation’s largest and most diversified health and human services organizations, brings together the best resources and people to help individuals achieve greater personal and economic independence.  A beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York, the FEGS network of compassionate and innovative programs in health, disabilities, housing, homecare, employment, education, youth and family services, coordinates care and assistance to more than 10,000 people each day – inspiring individuals and families and strengthening communities. Visit FEGS at

About New Yorkers For Children
New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) works in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to improve the prospects of children supported by the child welfare system and to engage New Yorkers in that effort. With a focus on young people in foster care, NYFC supports programs that promote paths to stable adulthood through education and sustainable relationships with caring adults. For more information on NYFC, our programs, services and partnerships, please visit

About North Shore-LIJ Health System
The nation's second-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The winner of the National Quality Forum’s 2010 National Quality Healthcare Award, North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 15 hospitals, long-term care facilities and more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house about 5,600 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,000 physicians. Its workforce of about 42,000 is the largest on Long Island and the ninth-largest in New York City.  For more information, go to


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