Spotlight on Fiscal Year 2011 WDI Awardees
Project Name: Financial Leadership Program
Institution: Baruch College
To prepare top-performing Baruch College juniors for competitive careers in finance, the Financial Leadership Program (FLP) provides intensive technical and career development training to its participants and assistance obtaining summer internships. In the past, FLP participants have obtained summer internships at JP Morgan, Citi, and Credit Suisse.
Project Name: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Contextualized GED Exam Preparation Pilot
Institution: Eugenio María de Hostos Community College
To prepare participants without a high school diploma for health care employment, Hostos Community College is developing and implementing a CNA contextualized GED exam preparation program pilot. WDI funds for this program will help Hostos maximize the funding they received from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and provide residents of the South Bronx and Upper Manhattan with access to a valuable credential.
Project Name: Entrepreneurship Training and Support Services Initiative
Institution: Medgar Evers College
To address the disproportionately high unemployment levels among Blacks and Latinos in central Brooklyn, the Medgar Evers College School of Business and the Adult and Continuing Education Department will partner with Sovereign/Santander Bank, the Business Outreach Center Network, and the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. to provide entrepreneurship training and support services. The overall goal of the project is to create and support sustainable entrepreneurial pathways for aspiring and existing Black and Latino entrepreneurs in central Brooklyn.
Project Name: Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) Incubator for Justice & LaunchPad for Justice
Institution: CUNY School of Law
To grow successful community-based solo practices committed to increasing access to justice in underserved communities throughout New York City, CLRN’s Incubator for Justice provides practitioners with space, mentoring, and business skills training. To prepare CUNY Law School graduates awaiting the results of their New York State Bar exam for employment as attorneys, CLRN’s LaunchPad for Justice trains them in housing law and places and supervises them in legal settings in various CLRN justice initiatives to provide rigorous professional experiences that help meet the needs of unrepresented litigants.