- Last chance to register for our LEAD program this Spring – Sign up for our upcoming Info Session here.
LEAD is an 8-week professional development program combining skills training, teamwork, and leadership development.
It is open to young women immigrants between the ages of 18 and 35, and participation is completely free.
Through a series of 8 interactive workshops, participants improve their computer and technology skills, learn how to write a great resume and LinkedIn profile, gain self-confidence and practice their interview and English communication skills, teamwork, public speaking, and more.
After completing the program, we invite our participants to stay involved through the Community Ambassadors Group in order to continue the leadership cycle and grow New Women New Yorkers’ community.
“I’ve met an AMAZING group of women who I still keep in contact with. Not only did I learn valuable skills … and have confidence in my abilities and potential, I also made friends who inspired me to continue striving for success.”
Fall 2015 LEAD participant
“I didn’t miss a single workshop. I’m really grateful to this organization because I found my first friends in this new country! … After eight different workshops I can say I am more confident and prepared to enter New York’s workplace.”
Spring 2016 Chatham Square participant
“The group continues to be supportive of each other, providing opportunities for others to participate and encouraging those who may be struggling with the English language … Everyone respects the fact that we need to be more patient with others, as this is a learning session for all language levels.”
Spring 2016 Allerton facilitator
Specific outcomes of the program for our participants include:
- Improved English communication and literacy skills;
- Increased education readiness and attainment;
- Increased and improved job readiness and employment;
- Increased self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-expectation;
- Enhanced participation and leadership roles in the workforce and community.
Since the launch of the program in February 2015, we’ve run ten series of the LEAD Program, in partnership with three host organizations – Atlas: DIY, Catholic Charities, and The New York Public Library. 99 young women participated, and 59 have already graduated from the program.