Fedcap Programs for Youth and Young Adults

Fedcap offers a wide array of programs and services to help young people achieve success in education and employment and become happy and self-sufficient adults. Our specific focus areas include youth who have spent time in foster care or are “transitioning out” of other child-welfare and juvenile justice systems; those with physical, developmental or learning disabilities, and any young person “disconnected” from the support they need to move into a successful and self-sufficient adulthood.

Our programs and services achieve lasting impact through a comprehensive, individualized approach to building the skills to succeed. Building on and leveraging Fedcap’s eight decades of success in workforce development, we offer support completing high school, a GED and a college education; assessment, vocational and soft-skills training, career advice and internships, and help finding and keeping sustainable employment, and extensive follow-up services to help them keep and advance in employment and explore future educational options.

Each program participant is linked to a mentor who help them learn to make the best decisions and identify a network of adult “Life Coaches” who can share specific skills and expertise as well as critical business and personal contacts. If you are interested in mentoring, please contact us at youth@fedcap.org.

Our signature services include:

High-Impact Internships - Securing a quality internship can be challenging for any young person. It is particularly daunting for youth who come from disadvantaged homes and communities, or who are transitioning from the foster care system into adulthood.


Get Ready! TM – helping clients develop skills to be self-advocates and work effectively with adults and in teams. 

Personal Branding – teaching young people to articulate, verbally and in resume- and cover-letter writing, the unique qualities that each brings to an educational or work environment. 

Connect2CareersTM – fairs at which young people learn about a wide array of career options from business representatives.

Networking by Design  – events that pair youth with professionals to learn and practice this important life skill.

Fedcap programs for youth and young adults include:

In Manhattan

The Way to Work – since 1936, The Way to Work has empowered thousands of New Yorkers ages 17-24 with the tools to achieve their highest potential.

The Power Hour Job Club – a peer-driven, job and life readiness club.

Girl Talk weekly sessions open to WHOM to discuss issues related to work, health, self-esteem, relationships or anything else and to foster friendships. 

Working It Out post-employment workshops that help with budgeting, managing time and stress, dealing with supervisors and co-workers, and advancing on a chosen career path.

In the Bronx

Arches – partnering with the Bronx Clergy Criminal Justice Roundtable in a NYC mentoring program to help youth who have been involved in the criminal justice system transform their lives.

Learning to Work – a combination of career development and internships to motivate older youth to set goals and envision a future connected to further education or employment. This program is funded by the Department of Education and serves over 200 attendees of PULSE High School in the Bronx, who tend to be 17-21 years old and have chosen to return to high school.

Summer Youth Employment Program engaging youth in paid employment and educational services for 25 hours per week over a even-week period. SYEP is funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and serves approximately 300 low-income participants, ages 14-24, selected through a DYCD lottery.

Transition To Adulthood –  supportive coaching and career services to help at-risk youth graduate from PULSE High School and pursue post-secondary education or job placement. The program is funded by DYCD and serves low-Income students in Grades 11 and 12.

In New Jersey

Fedcap School – a New Jersey Department of Education-approved private school for students with disabilities. Through a unique work-study curriculum, students ages 14 through 21 and classified as Cognitively Impaired, Multiply Disabled, Behaviorally Disabled or Learning Disabled learn to effectively handle life's challenges so they can lead full, meaningful, independent and productive lives.