Youth Workforce Programs

BronxWorks Workforce Development is proud to offer a number of different job-readiness and training programs focused on youth, including GED prep classes. Starting a career is difficult at a young age; BronxWorks provides these services to make the adjustment to working life seamless.

EXCEL Program

The BronxWorks EXCEL program offers career training that exposes youth ages 18-24 to a variety of employment options so that they can choose the area that most interests them.

In addition, our services prepare young adults for the world of work, helping them to create resumes, prepare for job interviews, gain computer skills, and learn how to manage money.

For those who did not graduate high school, EXCEL has daily GED prep classes that combine group and individual instruction to prepare participants to obtain their high school equivalency diploma.

Participants must reside in the Bronx. Please contact us so we can best serve you!

If you are 25 or older, we have limited opportunities available. Please contact us today.

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) connects New York City youth ages 14-24 years old with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience for six (6) weeks each summer from July to August.

At BronxWorks, the SYEP program comprises three components: Career Ready (School-based SYEP), Career First (NYCHA-based SYEP), and Community (which is lottery-based).

Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center

1130 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456

2nd Floor

ShaQuanna Cody-McGrew, Program Director


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Older youth participants ages 16-24 are assigned to worksites, including BronxWorks programs, and local businesses & organizations, such as New York Urban League, Summatime Studios, Ashley Stewart, and Eddington Security.

Younger youth ages 14-15 years are placed in project-based learning groups of 25-40 participants. The groups decide on a theme, such as civic advocacy, social justice, or environmental issues. The groups develop projects throughout the summer, giving young people an opportunity to learn, create, and express themselves on topics that they choose and are passionate about.

Work, Learn, & Grow Employment Program

The Work, Learn & Grow Employment Program (WLG) is a New York City Council-funded initiative designed to build off the experiences gained in the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). WLG provides enrolled participants of SYEP ages 16-21 and currently in school with career readiness training and paid employment opportunities for up to twenty-five weeks (25) from October to March.

Addo K., BronxWorks EXCEL Participant

Addo K. is a 21-year-old man that lives in the Bronx with his parents in a two-bedroom apartment. Addo grew up in Ghana and attended Mercy Senior High School in Ghana where he obtained his high school diploma. When Addo and his family moved to the United States, he learned that his high school diploma from Ghana was not equivalent to a high school diploma in the United States. Addo learned about the BronxWorks program by researching HSE programs online. Addo started with the BronxWorks EXCEL program during the summer cycle of 2020.

Addo proved to be a dedicated student. He participated in the program consistently, having near-perfect attendance. With the program being virtual, Addo was the only student who consistently turned his camera on for every single class and workshop he attended. Addo was also always the first to volunteer to read or answer questions. During class Addo, took the time to assist other students who were struggling in certain subjects.

On September 21, 2020, Addo took the HSE exam and passed on his first try. Now that he has attained his HSE, Addo says he would like to attend a training program and wants to become an automotive engineer.

Community Impact

In 2021, BronxWorks helped place 707 students into internship programs and 183 into jobs.