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More Opportunities for a Better Bed-Stuy

A Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization that provides training and internship placement for low-income youth expands into Bedford-Stuyvesant

More opportunities are coming to Bedford-Stuyvesant!

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization that provides academic and vocational training and internship placement for low-income youth, on Tuesday announced it will expand its Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) into Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The YAIP program combines 5-weeks of job skills training, along with a 14-week paid internship. OBT’s partnerships with top business services firms, law offices, financial institutions and small businesses allow its youth participants to received invaluable on-the-job training.

In addition, some of the internship sites provide leadership development courses and mentoring..

Launched in 2008, the YAIP program is the brainchild of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and is made possible through funding from the Mayor’s Center for Economic Opportunity.

YAIP program in Bed-Stuy will serve 90 disconnected youth who live in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area. Participants will seek to enhance their skills in customer service, business etiquette, financial literacy and computers skills while working in a paid internships making up to $2500 in 14 weeks.

“We are excited to be expanding our reach and working with such motivated young people from Bed-Stuy,” said Randy Peers, executive director of OBT. “This program gives these youth the opportunity to gain valuable work skills while earning a paycheck. For many, this program represents their first entry into the professional workplace.”

For more information about YAIP Bed-Stuy, contact OBT’s YAIP Program Director Kim Robinson at 718-387-1600.

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