The Rebound Program, supported by Barclays, helps to combat issues related to youth un- and underemployment, financial literacy and professional development. Since 2014, Barclays has supported nonprofit organisation Good Shepherd Services to help tackle challenges faced by many of New York City families.
Through Rebound, Barclays provides the tangible support that young adults need to enter and contribute to the workforce. Rebound teaches financial literacy, hosts employment workshops, provides one-on-one mentoring and builds out personal development plans with participating 17 to 24-year-olds through basketball. The programme focusses on East New York and Red Hook, two Brooklyn neighborhoods particularly affected by youth unemployment. In these communities, one in four young people are out of school or work.
Each year, volunteers from Barclays participate in mock interviews with Rebound participants, helping them to hone their soft skills and build the confidence needed to successfully interview for job opportunities. After the mock interviews, Barclays colleagues and young people from Rebound take to the court for a fun basketball competition.
Over the past 5 years, Rebound has grown from an idea serving one location to a multi-faceted program that helps hundreds of young adults within New York City progress toward career, financial and education goals each year. The compassion, responsiveness and optimism of our staff members, along with the support and commitment of Barclays, is what makes the program so successful and empowering for our participants.Alyssa Garcia, Division Director, Good Shepherd Services Rebound Program
James Swiontak, Nekita Alexander and Kayla Swain are members of the 2019 Rebound Assist graduating cohort. James graduated from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Brooklyn. During the programme, James secured his US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification, completed training on best practices in building maintenance and participated in an apprenticeship with Habitat for Humanities Sandy Relief in Coney Island to help restore basements that flooded during Hurricane Sandy.
One of the key components of the Rebound Assist programme is that each participant must tap into their individual networks to find professionals in the industry that they are interested in exploring. James learned that his neighbor worked as a head custodian at a local high school that was hiring custodial staff. After successfully navigating the application process, James secured a position as a full-time member of the New York City Department of Education’s building maintenance team.
Nekita Alexander graduated from Boys and Girls High School’s Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) programme in Brooklyn. In conjunction with the Department of Education, YABCs give young adults flexibility to take intensive afternoon and evening classes and focus only on the courses they need to graduate.
Good Shepherd Services provides a wide range of services to YABC participants such as counseling, crisis intervention, resource referrals, academic tutoring, college preparation, career exploration, job development and placement. While at Boys and Girls High School, Nekita participated in the Rebound Assist apprenticeship programme, completed certifications in early childhood and education training and earned the qualifications needed to work in childhood learning centers. Today, Nekita is a full-time college student majoring in Psychology, as well as works as a part-time teacher’s assistant.
Nekita’s classmate Kayla Swain participated in the Rebound Assist’s introduction into Law Enforcement Careers Initiative before graduating from Boys and Girls High School YABC. During her apprenticeship, Kayla received the training needed to obtain her New York State F-O2 Fire Guard license. She currently works as a full-time security guard officer within New York City homeless shelters.
James, Nekita and Kayla are three of the many Rebound success stories. To date, more than 715 young adults have participated in the programme and nearly 80% have received financial skills training, and nearly three-quarters have engaged in life skills training. Barclays colleagues have played a role in supporting Rebound in this mission.
Rebound graduates received recognition during halftime at a Brooklyn Nets basketball game at Barclays Center and fans were able to join in the celebration of the programme’s success in helping to create a better future for Brooklyn’s youth.
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