Resource Fair Gives Bronx Young Adults A Boost

Lantern young adults gather in front of a table to hear from a community organization about career and education opportunities

Lantern is one of the largest NYC service providers for young adults in supportive housing, and on Tuesday, nearly a third of all the youth we support turned out for our Resource Fair at Jasper Hall in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx.

Organized by our Employment & Education team, the Fair brought together local employment, education and health providers to help young adults explore their career options, learn about vocational training programs available locally, and make links to local health resources. Sustainable South Bronx spoke with young adults about their Bronx Environmental Stewardship Academy which prepares people to work in the emerging ‘green collar’ economy, Jericho Project showcased their KEYA employment services, the Bronx District Office of ACCES-VR highlighted their broad range of training programs offered locally, and Urban Health Plan spoke about their health resources.

While Lantern staff are always working in 1:1 sessions to connect young adults to resources in the community, by bringing providers into our space at Lantern, we give our youth the best opportunity to explore their opportunities in a comfortable setting. Whittaker Wright, Lantern’s Director of Employment & Education, said:

“It’s important for us to give young people this chance to speak with professionals one-on-one, and to really learn about all the resources that are available to them as they make their transition to independent adulthood.”

Thanks to all the local partners who participated in the Resource Fair. If your organization would like to be involved in future events, contact Whittaker Wright.

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