HUNDREDS OF PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO JOIN BUSINESS EXECUTIVES ACROSS NEW YORK CITY TO EXPERIENCE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE THE BOSS FOR A DAY
WHAT: While many New Yorkers will kick off summer vacation next week, hundreds of high school students will join top executives for the day to learn about the inner workings of the city’s businesses. On June 30th, education non-profit PENCIL will place 200 public high school students in companies across New York City through BOSS FOR A DAY, an event designed to give students exposure to a successful workplace and the chance to talk directly with business leaders about their first job experiences and hear how to make the most of a summer internship.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 (10:00am – 1:00pm)
WHO: The following companies are hosting students during Boss for a Day:
- A+E Networks
- Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC)
- Fox 5 / My9
- HealthPlus Amerigroup
- Himmel + Meringoff Properties LLC
- International Consortium of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
- New York University
- New York 1 News
- Ogilvy & Mather
- RXR Realty
- VH1 Save the Music Foundation
The students participating in BOSS FOR A DAY are public high school students currently enrolled in the PENCIL Fellows Program, an intensive career training program that includes a six-week paid internship at a company in New York City. PENCIL Fellows come from all five boroughs of the city, many from high-needs communities who are the first in their families to graduate high school and attend college in the United States. PENCIL Fellows also complete 30+ hours of work skills training that prepare them for a successful work experience.
WHY: The United States is currently facing a college and career readiness crisis. Last year, only 25% of American high school students graduated ready for college in the four core subject areas. More and more high school graduates are finding themselves needing to take remedial courses once they arrive on a college campus, and those applying for jobs lack the skills needed to survive in today’s workforce. Our students deserve better access to internships and career training programs so they are prepared for life after high school. We have seen internships have a positive effect on the chance for full time employment and level of engagement at work — 71% of recent college graduates surveyed who took part in an internship are currently employed in full time jobs, in comparison to only 56% of those who did not participate in an internship. Internships give kids the chance to receive hands-on experience in the working world, and provide them with the skills they need to open the door to better career opportunities. PENCIL’s BOSS FOR A DAY event provides students with real work experiences and the opportunity to continue to develop the skills that are needed to be successful in college and their future careers.
ABOUT PENCIL Founded in 1995, PENCIL is the leader in creating innovative and impactful models of collaboration between the business and education communities. PENCIL works at the intersection of school needs and business expertise to bring together the best ideas, talent, and resources across sectors to improve public student and school performance and enhance workforce pathways.