Tyshame Reid is about to start his first full-time job next month. With support from Red Hook Initiative’s (RHI’s) Young Adult program, Tyshame secured a position as a Credit Analyst at the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC), a longtime supporter of RHI. Eight years ago, when Tyshame was in ninth grade, he took home his first paycheck from RHI. As a high school participant, Tyshame got what he calls “a second chance” by taking on a number of different jobs at RHI after school, including Office Assistant, Peer Health Educator, Teen Chef Facilitator, and Radio Intern. The support he received year-round at RHI from an early age enabled Tyshame to graduate college at the same time he aged out of foster care.
RHI facilitates professional opportunities with wrap-around support for hundreds of young people like Tyshame. This summer, RHI will employ 120 youth through placements and internships both at RHI and with local businesses. Employment opportunities allow youth to build skills and experience, earn a steady paycheck, develop a positive work ethic and improve their community. On the brink of his new role, Tyshame reflects, “I’m thankful that there’s a place like RHI that was able to give me a job and support me over the years.”