America Needs You: Connecting Ambition with Opportunity
America Needs You (ANY) was founded by Robert Reffkin in July 2009, originally under the name of New York Needs You. Due to our program successes, we launched a sister program in New Jersey in 2012. In January 2014, the New York Needs You name was changed to America Needs You, in anticipation of our national launch. All local sites operate under the America Needs You name and our next site will be in Illinois, which will begin programming in July 2015!
America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. We do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development.
Through the Fellows Program and Career Development Program, America Needs You - New York is making a difference for low-income college students.
The ANY Fellows Program is an intensive program for high-achieving, low-income, first-generation college students. The New York two-year program offers 200 students (Fellows) career development workshops, access to internships, and professional development grants. All Fellows are matched one-on-one with a successful and motivated professional “Mentor Coach” dedicated to their personal and professional growth. Mentor Coaches and Fellows work together to cultivate the Fellows’ strengths and interests, and direct them into successful careers.
Our New York Fellows:
- Earn up to $2,500 in professional development grants
- Access 2 summer internships at prestigious companies and organizations
- Receive individualized support from a Mentor Coach
- Obtain in-kind services and products such as free business attire and subsidized test preparation
- Network with leading industry professionals
Our New York Fellows attend 28 full-day workshops over two years, receiving intense career development and leadership training. Workshops cover topics such as resumes, cover letters, interviewing, public speaking, and relationship management. All workshops take place on Saturdays in Manhattan and typically run from 10:00am to 4:00pm (Click here to download our 2014 Fellows Program Information Sheet for prospective applicants).
To learn about eligibility requirements and apply for the New York Fellows Program, please click here.
America Needs You is piloting a geographic replication of the Fellows Program in northern New Jersey! Visit America Needs You - New Jersey for more information.
Career Development Program
America Needs You envisions a future where career exploration is an integral and valued part of the American college experience. By deploying teams of our volunteers on college campuses, we can reach more students with career-focused education and exposure.
The Career Development Program (CDP) is a free career exploration seminar series run on partner community colleges campuses. CDP demystifies industries and connects a broad base of students with working professionals. Our seminars feature industry overviews, internship advice and networking. Seminars are open to all students and, whenever possible, integrated into existing campus programs and academic curricula to assist students in making informed choices about majors and transfer schools. This program has been running at partner community colleges since October 2012.
October 2nd - Healthcare Industry Seminar
October 22nd - Finance Industry Seminar
October 30th - Education and Nonprofit Industry Seminar
November 5th - Law and Government Industry Seminar
November 28th - Technology and Entrepreneurship Seminar
December 4th - Green Careers and Sustainability Seminar
Career Coaches help at CDP events by leading small group discussion on their industry, networking with students, serving on panels, or giving industry presentations. To register as a Career Coach, please fill out our Volunteer Interest and Skills Survey.
College Connections, which launched last summer in partnership with the Heckscher foundation, is a college and career success pilot. The goal of the pilot is to help students transition successfully into college and make career connections early in their academic careers. We currently have 32 freshman students and Fellow Alumni in the program.
From July 2014-May 2015, participants in College Connections receive weekly support from a “near-peer” mentor (Fellow Alumni), five in-person training sessions with guests speakers on financial aid, college success, and career exploration, as well as job-shadowing and industry networking sessions. In July 2015, pilot participants are offered admission into the Fellows Program, which gives college sophomores and juniors intensive mentorship, career development, and professional networks, in addition to $2,500 in professional development grants.
For more information about the College Connections Pilot Program, contact Monica Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.