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As New York City public schools open their doors this week, the focus is on making sure students master the skills needed to graduate ready for college and a career.
Former NYCDOE Official to Lead Internal Operations and Help Shape Strategic Direction to Grow PENCIL’s Work to Improve New York’s Public Schools
Business Mentors like Carolyn Bateman, Meringoff Properties Vice President of Property Management, support New York City students in developing key job skills as part of six-week internships through PENCIL Fellows.
A couple of days into my first week as a PENCIL Fellow, I felt like I had been at PENCIL for years—which I take as a great sign because it means that I have grown very comfortable with the team here. Who would have believed the past six weeks would fly by so fast!
When you think of summer, “work” is probably not the first word that comes to mind. But over the past six weeks, the high school students in this year’s PENCIL Fellows cohort discovered that learning on the job provided the best summer break in town—a chance to build marketable skills and have fun in the process.
How many working professionals find careers related to their college major? This was the prevailing question at the PENCIL Fellows’ second working breakfast this past Tuesday and, according to the 20 plus business volunteers from Estée Lauder, JPMorgan Chase, Verizon, MetLife, CBS News, host company Weil, Gotshal & Manges and more, the answer is, not many! PENCIL Fellows met once again to learn valuable career and life lessons, specifically to discuss how to “Plot Your Path to Success.”
At the conclusion of my previous post I left off hinting at the JPMorgan Chase Financial Literacy Workshop that I recently attended. This was the first in a series of career readiness workshops that I’ve been attending this summer as part of PENCIL Fellows, a program that includes a paid internship at a leading New York City business and provides public high school juniors and seniors with opportunities to sharpen their skills for the workplace and plot their path for success.