Youth Mentoring and Teen Programs Explore Interests and Prepare for Academic Success
The Youth Mentoring Program (YMP) continues to provide teenage children of 1199SEIU members with work and learning opportunities to boost their professional development skills.
In 2022, 125 participants completed the YMP, which offers six-week hybrid summer employment opportunities at participating nursing homes and healthcare institutions across New York City. Interns built educational and on-the-job competencies throughout the program, helping to prepare them for careers in healthcare and beyond. Interns completed projects on health-related topics and presented these projects at the YMP closing ceremony, held at the end of the summer. Topics included mental health, and food disparities, among many others.
Our standardized test prep programs remained popular, with strong attendance rates for both the SAT Prep Program and the 2022 Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) Prep. The SAT Prep Program was split into two sessions, running for 18 weeks on Saturdays during the spring and fall semesters. With specialized workshops covering topics like college essay writing and test-taking anxiety, students gained special insight into a wide range of facets of the college admissions process. The SHSAT program had 27 students, five of whom ranked high enough on practice tests to potentially get seats at one of nine specialized high schools.
The SHSAT Prep Program prepares seventh- and eighth-grade students for entry into one of New York City’s nine specialized high schools, with programs focused on math, science, language arts and technology. Throughout the semester, students attended admissions workshops, worked through practice materials and learned test-taking strategies to strengthen their skill sets in specialized interest areas as they geared up for the test in November 2022.