Programs for Teens and Young Adults


Commonpoint Queens offers programs to support students in ten high schools across Queens, summer employment and internship programs, high school equivalency and job training programs for 16-24 year olds not in school or employed, career support for college students in 5 CUNY Hillels, a teen council, and volunteer opportunities for teens and young adults.

High School and College Success Programs

High School and College Success:

Commonpoint Queens takes pride in preparing our youth to be future leaders, implementing a wide-variety of social and academic programs at several high schools throughout the borough. We offer job readiness, SAT Prep, college essay help, college tours, group counseling and more!


Martin Van Buren High School (Queens Village) – community school initiatives, counseling, mentorship, leadership programs, food pantry, and more. Contact Heather at (718) 776-4728 ext 1120 or [email protected] for more information.


John Bowne High School (Flushing) – after school programs, counseling, academic advisement, community service, and more. Contact Jessie Ambrosio at [email protected] for more information.


Forest Hills High School (Forest Hills) – counseling and attendance programs. Contact Melissa Roy at (718) 268-3137 ext 5651 or [email protected] for more information.


Queens High School of Teaching (Glen Oaks) – work readiness, academic support, counseling, and more. Contact Elizabeth McArdle at (718) 736-7100 ext 1243 or [email protected] for more information.


Queens Academy High School (Flushing) – community school initiatives and work readiness programs. Contact Andre Avalos at (718) 463-3111 ext 2502 or [email protected] for more information.


Benjamin N. Cardozo High School (Bayside) – academic support, counseling, college readiness, and more. Contact Andy Gavora at [email protected] for more information.


Veritas Academy High School (Flushing). – academic support, counseling, college readiness, and more. Contact Frances Ramos at [email protected] for more information.


Newcomers High School (Long Island City) – academic support, counseling, college readiness, and more. Contact Maria Karameros at [email protected]. for more information.


Richmond Hill High School (Richmond Hill) – academic support, counseling, college readiness, internship program, and more. Contact Isiss Ali at [email protected] for more information.


College Access – essay assistance, resume building, interview preparation, financial aid and scholarship support, college selection assistance, and more across all of our high schools. Contact Elizabeth Gallo at [email protected] for more information.


For more information on these programs, please click here or contact Danielle Glick, Assistant Vice President of High School and College Success, at [email protected]

Youth Workforce Programs

Commonpoint Queens has career readiness training and paid employment opportunities to help youth enter the workforce including career exploration, financial literacy and resume/cover letter assistance.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our Youth Employment programs, please complete this form!


Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) – a six week summer program connecting youth between the ages of 14-21 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience. For more information, contact Adam Fier at [email protected] or (718) 286-8121.


Ladders for Leaders – a six week summer program providing paid internships for youth ages 16-21. For more information, contact (718) 268-5011 ext. 167 or [email protected]


CareerReady SYEP and Work Learn and Grow (WLG) – offers young people ages 16 to 19 at John Bowne High School, Richmond Hill High School, and Pan American International High School paid internship and college readiness programs during the summer and school year. For more information, please contact David Baker at [email protected] or (718) 286-8121.


For more information on these programs, please click here or contact Albina Baazov, Senior Director, Youth Employment Programs, at [email protected].

Opportunity Youth Programs

Opportunity Youth Programs:

Young people between the ages of 16-24 who are not currently working or attending school and live in any of the 5 boroughs of New York City can participate in our Advance & Earn and Train & Earn programs. We offer a comprehensive High School Equivalency program to help out of school young adults get back on the right track. We also offer medical certification programs for high school graduates who are not in college/have a college degree and are unemployed.


All of our Opportunity Youth Programs provide either a stipend or paid internships and career readiness classes to prepare our participants to enter the workforce. Programs are held at the Hub in Elmhurst (77-17 Queens Boulevard).


For more information, contact Kelly McArdle at [email protected].

CUNY Hillel Career Connect

CUNY Hillel Career Connect

CUNY Hillel Career Connect provides on-site and virtual career and graduate school guidance, networking opportunities and career workshops for the Hillels at Baruch College, Hunter College, College of Staten Island, Queens College and Brooklyn College.


Whether you’re looking for career exploration, goal-setting, resume/cover letter review, interview preparation, LinkedIn guidance, or assistance with your graduate school applications, you can find it here.


For more information, click here or contact Karen Klein at [email protected].


Click here for information on our teen council leadership group

Click here for information on volunteer opportunities