The Way to Work
Since 1936, The Way to Work has empowered thousands of New Yorkers ages 17-24 with the tools to achieve their highest potential.
The Way to Work was launched in 1936 (as Vocational Foundation, Inc.) by an idealistic young lawyer named Walter N. Thayer III, to help young men leaving prison get the basic skills to obtain a GED, land a job, and transition into becoming productive members of society. Today The Way to Work helps hundreds of young people move into employment each year.
In 2011, The Way to Work programs became part of Fedcap.
The Way to Work's services achieve lasting impact through a comprehensive, individualized approach to building skills. Staff provide curriculum career training, GED preparation, professional and personal counseling, job placement and retention services. The career training experience simulates a professional workplace, with a holistic approach and staff members who provide encouragement, high expectations and a long-term commitment. Follow-up services ensure that graduates keep their jobs and can further education and are well positioned to advance.
More than 83% of participants have completed the intensive program; 70% of graduates have been placed in jobs, and 80% of those are still employed after a year. More than 67% obtained a GED. Many have gone on to college. The Way to Work alumni enhance New York City’s workforce in the growing sectors of healthcare, technology, finance, public safety and customer service.
The Way to Work curriculum includes mastery of skills needed for specific jobs and are industry-certified by trade groups such as the National HealthCareer Association and the New York State Department of Corrections. Programs also cover soft skills such as workplace communication, conflict resolution, customer service, resume-writing and interviewing, as well as computer literacy and document imaging.
Training for 15 weeks and job-placement activities for an additional three weeks are full-time, Monday through Friday.