AHRC New York City’s Young Adult Internship Program, (YAIP,) helps people to find a better life through employment. The 14-week program allows people who participate to work together as they build new skills, culminating in a paid internship, where they are able to pursue the career of their choice.
Lanora’s first encounter with the program was almost a near miss. “I had been given a YAIP flyer and I just crushed it up and put it in my pocket,” she says. “Later, I was at the ferry station, and I saw a guy mopping the floor. Then, I was on the bus and saw another guy cleaning the outside of an office. They were both wearing Hudson River Services shirts. I got off the bus and asked the worker about his job and he told me about YAIP, and I said ‘Wait! I have the flyer in my pocket!’”
After completing the program, Lanora was hired by Hudson River Services, and today she performs a job that she enjoys. “I’m just the kind of person who prefers to work by myself,” she says. While cleaning the office spaces she is contracted to maintain, Lanora is free to perform her job duties while enjoying the meditative quality of tasks at hand. “I just get started and I work through each thing I have to do, and when it’s done, you can see the difference.”
Lanora encourages anybody seeking a fresh start to consider YAIP. “I always tell my friends that you’re with people who are in the same position as you, and let’s be honest – finding work on your own hasn’t worked. I’m living proof. I did the 14 weeks and got a job.”