2003-10-31 / Community

The RDRC Community Update

By Curtis Archer, Executive Director
The RDRC Community Update By Curtis Archer, Executive Director

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Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation’s (RDRC) Youth Education and Employment Training Programs Division (YEETP) is administering the In-School Youth (ISY) after school program. The program began on September 1, and will operate until June 30, 2004.

RDRC has been administering the ISY Program with the New York City Department of Employment (DOE) since 2001. Since the inception of the program we have been serving 120 youth each school year. This year however is the final year of the program and because of budgetary constraints; RDRC will only be able to serve a total of 75 youth.

The youth in the program range in age from 14 to 18 and they receive on-the-job experience as interns at numerous not-for-profit organizations on the Rockaway Peninsula and southern Queens. Some of the program components include assistance in reading and mathematics; job readiness workshops; and stipends. In addition, one-third of our student participants have traveled to six colleges outside of New York State in order to get a better perspective about what it means to continue one’s education at a university and explore many different career opportunities. This year, because of the cutbacks in funding, RDRC will provide all the program components mentioned-above except the college tour. And, the bi-weekly stipend of $60.00 bi-weekly is being reduced to $20.00 bi-weekly.

It must be mentioned that over the past two years youth who have participated in the program did well in the workshops and they now know how to prepare a résumé, conduct themselves on a job interview and dress for success. In addition, test scores and report cards improved and our participants learned a great deal from their experiences as interns at the work places they were assigned.

This year, RDRC will be conducting an orientation for the 75 ISY program participants and their parents/ guardians on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Middle School 198. We anticipate an exciting and successful program year for our youth participants in spite of the reduction in funding. For additional information about the program, please contact RDRC at 718-327-5300.

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