The Office of Community and Public Health (OCPH) at Northwell Health partnered with New Yorkers For Children (NYFC), FEGS Health and Human Services, and Walgreens Family of Companies, to offer an educational/vocational development program, Futures In Motion: A Youth Career Alliance Network (Youth CAN!), for youth aging out of foster care, aimed at enhancing their health and well-being, exposing them to potential career opportunities, and equipping them with fundamental skills and knowledge to prepare them in finding sustainable employment. This unique, cross-sector collaboration allows experts in their respective fields to address some of the challenges faced by youth in foster care and create solutions
to help them transition into stable adulthood.
Courses are held at CLI over a 10-week period. The program includes general workplace education 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. Youth are also required to attend supplementary customized workshops offered once weekly at the FEGS Academy in the Bronx. The FEGS Academy also provides the support services to the students, including a youth advisor to help with goal setting and to provide intensive, consistent, one-on-one support during the program. Each of the pre-selected students is also paired with a mentor from Northwell Health or Walgreens Family of Companies to help guide and coach them on a one-on-one basis.
Students who successfully complete the program are encouraged to apply for a part-time, paid internship at Northwell Health or Walgreens Family of Companies. As an alternative to participating in an internship opportunity, youth also have a scholarship option to complete a New York State EMT training and certification program offered.