LIJ Health System and NYFC Launch ACTIn June 2013, North Shore-LIJ Health System and New Yorkers For Children (NYFC), in partnership with FEGS Academy, launched the Accelerated Career Training Program (ACT), an educational and vocational training program to empower youth, ages 18-23, who are currently in or have recently aged out of foster care. Youth participating in the ACT Program gain crucial skills, knowledge, and support to become competitive in the marketplace and to explore possible career paths in health care.

For the 2013 cycle, 10 youth were selected for the pilot program through a competitive process that included an application, personal statement, and interview. 7 youth graduated from Phase I of the program. The remaining 3 youth decided to pursue other postsecondary or employment opportunities. 2 youth were placed in the EMT certification training program at NSLIJ’s CLI (valued at $950/per student) and 3 youth were placed in part-time paid internships in NSLIJ’s various departments (20 hours/week, $12-15/hour). As youth begin to transition from their internships to long-term employment opportunities or postsecondary options, NYFC will track their progress over time.

Questions about the program can be directed to Catherine Hilyard, Youth Program Coordinator at


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