New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has adopted a set of professional skills as those to be developed and demonstrated by the youth and young adults they serve. Demonstrating these skills, combined with meeting the necessary academic and occupational skill requirements for a particular job or position, indicates that the young person is ready for a successful transition to work.
The Work-Readiness Professional Skills should be taken into consideration in the design of all Career Development activities in the Learn & Earn Program, including the delivery of training or instruction in the classroom or in workshops, through one-on-one support and/or community-based activities. In particular, they serve as the foundation for an assessment by a worksite supervisor of youth or young adult performance in an authentic Career Preparation Work-Based Learning activity, such as a Work Experience or an Internship.
The following section lists each of the professional skills with the performance expectations to be developed and demonstrated through Work-Based Learning experiences.