Recipients of Charles Hayden Foundation Grants
589 8th Ave.
New York, NY 10018
America Needs You (ANY)fights for economic mobility for ambitious, low-income college students. We do this by providing intensive career development, mentorship, and professional networks to enable students to realize their academic and career aspirations. We leverage the time and talents of young professionals who volunteer as Mentor Coaches to guide students with high academic achievement who are at risk of dropping out. We are the only non-profit organization in New York City with a highly-selective Fellows Program designed exclusively for aspiring, first-generation, low-income students. Participants are engaged in a competitive fellowship that includes a structured career development curriculum, mentorship, and access to professional networks. The comprehensive design helps college students retain enrollment, obtain internships, and secure jobs that lead to successful careers. In addition to the Fellows Program, our Career Development Program (CDP) engages the general student body at under-resourced community colleges in career-oriented activities. CDP brings career exposure onto college campuses and builds relationships between working professionals and college students. Both programs help students overcome tremendous obstacles to achieve personal and professional success. With a network of Mentor Coaches, over 500 additional volunteers, and students hailing from 44 colleges and universities, NYNY aims to build a movement of like-minded individuals who believe that one day there will be no more barriers to economic mobility for students with ambition and ability.