NYC PS & You: Building Pathways to College And Careers- 06/07/2024

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Building Pathways to College And Careers

Dear New Yorkers,

As we enter graduation season, I want to share a reminder about college and career pathways: it’s never too early, and it’s never too late. 

It’s never too early to start preparing our young people for their futures, as last week’s 529 Day reminded us. That’s why we have NYC Scholarship Accounts available for every New York City Public Schools student in Kindergarten through second grade. Funding from the City, the Mayor’s Office of Equity & Racial Justice, and NYC Kids RISE allows us to invest an initial $100 in each child’s account. Communities, organizations, businesses, and alumni can raise money for these accounts as well.  As soon as a parent or guardian activates their child’s account, we allocate an additional $25—and parents can open and connect their own personal accounts to save as a family, too.  

It’s also never too late for our students to forge new paths. Sometimes the journey through high school can take a detour, and our Transfer High Schools and Young Adult Borough Centers are here to help when that happens. I’m proud that we’ve secured continued funding for the Learning to Work initiative that ensures students receive additional support to both catch up on credits and Regents and experience paid work-based learning with our employer partners.

And as a reminder for our Class of 2024: it’s also not too late to complete your FAFSA and TAP for financial aid! You can contact an NYCPS advisor after school on Tuesdays through Fridays for virtual support, and CUNY is also hosting in-person support on several campuses this spring.

Every child deserves to grow into a career they enjoy that provides financial stability. At NYCPS, we are reimagining the school experience and prioritizing career-connected learning to help our students discover—or rediscover—their passion and purpose. I want to congratulate the thousands of students in our schools who are preparing to take their next steps, including the 10,000-plus high schoolers who participated in our signature FutureReadyNYC career pathways program this year, as they launch bold futures in the world of work.

Soaring high,

David C. Banks


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