Keeping the Lights On: Madison Members at Con Edison

Members from our Joel E. Smilow & Columbus Clubhouses have had the opportunity to learn about a true powerhouse in New York City: Con Edison. Con Edison offers students in 8th through 12th grade insight into what it’s like to pursue rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and other fields.

Throughout the month of October, teen members from our Bronx Clubhouses have been learning the ins and outs of different departments at Con Edison through a job shadowing program called Empowering Careers. Empowering Careers gives young people a chance to engage with utility industry professionals. Students learn about careers in engineering, law, technology, media, and other areas at Con Edison. They also discover how to evaluate potential careers based on their skills and interests, and what is required for each position.

The program will conclude in December with a special closing celebration. Thanks to Con Edison for opening another door for our members as they plan for the future!

Member Spotlight: Ashley S. & Imani W., Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse

At Madison, our members learn that the body isn’t the only thing that needs to stay healthy, but it’s equally important to keep our minds healthy too! Murphy Clubhouse members Ashley & Imani, put on their thinking caps and dove head first into an exciting, self-esteem boosting adventure.

Founded by Ashley and Imani, both 15 years old,and inspired by their participation in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, BizCamp, “Confident Caps” is the latest way the entrepreneurial spirit is shining bright within our Clubs.

While attending BizCamp, the girls were exposed to two-week intensive program that teaches inner –city youth about entrepreneurship through fashion. Youth are mentored by small business owners, taken on trips to the wholesale district and received $200 after successful completion of the program. During the program the girls learned how to create a business plan, conduct market research, create a budget, identified their target audience, etc. At the end of the program, the girls presented their business “Confident Caps,” hand-made embroidered caps designed to remind women and girls of their worth and inner beauty, to a panel of investors for a chance to win seed money to start their business. The girls did not win the BIZCAMP challenge but the girls received $2,100 from the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Scholarship Foundation to pursue their business goals! Since then the girls have created a website and made over 100 caps, of which 20 were donated to the Tilden Hall shelter.

This idea for “Confident Caps” was inspired by the rise of superficial beauty and materialism that is often flaunted in social media. As a result, 7 out of 10 girls believe they are not pretty enough and 71% of girls have low self-esteem. Ashley and Imani wanted to do something about this by reminding girls that they are all special, beautiful and unique and that should be celebrated.

Ashley and Imani want the world to know, “Keeping a smile on your face every day despite the hardships you may face is a symbol of your Strength and Faith. Being yourself has no expiration date, feel free and live your life to the fullest. Being confident is something that everyone needs. Confidence is something where there is never enough. Loving yourself comes with no limit.”

Mark Your Calendars!

Upcoming Special Events

Christmas Tree Ball: December 1st, 2017

2018 Salute to Style Luncheon: April 18, 2018

2018 Youth of the Year Dinner: May 23rd, 2018