Networking by Design™
On June 3rd, over 50 participants from Fedcap’s Education Practice Area youth services and approximately 40 volunteers gathered at the New York Junior League on East 80th Street in Manhattan for a Networking by Design™ event. The evening event was also attended by Fedcap leadership, staff and guests.
Networking by Design™ is one of the signature events of Fedcap’s Education Practice Area. Youth ranging in age from 16-22 meet individually or in small groups with professionals from a range of industries – law, science, marketing, finance, fashion, retailing and more – and using the skills developed through Fedcap’s Get Ready! curriculum to conduct informational interviews and talk about their experience and career aspirations.
Networking by Design™ is built around our strong belief that the most effective way to support career development, and help youth maintain relationships with adult mentors and make professional connections for internships and jobs is through networking.
The event was sponsored and hosted by the New York Junior League, a charitable and educational organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The group provided hors d’oeuvres, equipment and space in the Harriman Room at Astor House, the elegant Georgian limestone townhouse that serves as its headquarters.
Hayley Agueda, a junior at P.U.L.S.E. High School and aspiring fashion retail professional, spoke with volunteers from the banking and marketing industries, who he plans to reach out to again. Taisha Lazare, a first-year student at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is studying to become a lawyer. She was able to network with two lawyers at the event who provided her with insights into the legal profession. Kahdisha Hunter, a junior at P.U.L.S.E. High School who wants to open her own hair salon, spoke with volunteers from the marketing and fashion industries.