Step Up to Opportunity

Step Up to Opportunity is new FCA program funded by the Department of Labor ( DOL) where we provide career readiness, vocational and internship experiences, employment opportunity and educational support through monthly workshops and case management.

Youth eligible for the program must be between 14 -18 years old and live in Uniondale, Roosevelt, Freeport or Hempstead. Step up to Opportunity is located at 31 Main Street in Hempstead, at FCA’s Learning Center. FCA’s Learning Center is a central learning site providing workshops and Learning opportunities for all at-risk youth. Workshops are both supportive, social and psycho Educational- all aimed at individual growth to assist youth successfully transition into adulthood.

In 2018, we exceeded our expectations by having over 157 workshops with a duplicated count of over 1,000 youth participating in our weekly workshops.  Topics range from how to deal with anxieties, mindfulness, bullying, cultural diversity, career readiness, interviewing, vocational planning, resume building, interviewing skills and assistance with the college application process from start to finish. Youth feedback is consistent that our workshops provide a non-judgmental safe space for them to work on needed life skills.