Launchpad BX is the first of its kind program in the Bronx, created—using a collaborative pedagogy designed by DreamYard and Big Picture Learning—to build interest-based career pathways for 14-24 year olds in the South Bronx. Through the work of Launchpad BX, a consortium of collaborating organizations will ensure that youth growing up in the South Bronx enjoy family-sustaining jobs, choice-filled lives, and that the broader community prospers because of the borough’s robust talent pipeline.
We are introducing high school students to career pathways and professional mentors who share their interests. LaunchPad BX will support students through a guided pathway to a promising career. Students will build their personal networks and gain social capital through summer youth employment, internship learning, and overall relationship building. They will continue their career development by identifying and securing industry recognized certification and degrees. Students participating in Launchpad will have the opportunity to propose and implement their own business ventures. Students will work closely with a dedicated staff as well as employers, schools and local organizations, to design and support a thoughtful career pathway that launches students in sustaining careers by their mid-twenties.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH LAUNCHPAD BX
FACILITATE WORKSHOPS: As a professional, you can propose career exploration or advanced career skills workshops for our students. We’re looking for guest presenters who are passionate about their work and want to share their craft with young people.
HOST STUDENTS: We are building our internship site database and we need you! Internship site mentors will receive significant support from our program staff to truly mentor and support student learning.