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Building Community. Growing Leaders.

The C&E Network provides a clear pathway into living-wage employment in careers with high-growth potential in NYC.

We specialize in supporting young adults who are ready to excel in the workforce by providing customizable training sequences, one-on-one coaching, and other career development services.  Our members gain educational and economic success and develop leadership skills to transform their lives and community.

CHAMPION (Workforce training, job assistance and retention services)

DREAMS YouthBuild (High School Equivalency preparation)

SYEP (Summer work experience for young people)

Work Learn Grow (Paid employment opportunities for high school students) 

Cypress Hills Business Partners (Merchants' Association for local businesses)

Careers That Care: Transportation (Advanced Transportation Training)

Careers That Care: Healthcare (Advanced Healthcare Training)

Building East New York (Advanced Construction Training)

PerScholas (IT Training)

Hot Bread Kitchen (Culinary Skills Training)


Lowell Herschberger, MSW

Director, Career and Education Programs

276 Chestnut St, Brooklyn, NY 11208

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CHAMPION Training Program

CHAMPION provides everything young adults need to start their journey. This foundational sequence focuses exclusively on out-of-school / out-of-work, 16-24 year olds. Members gain a strong start through individualized assessment, work readiness training, and even earn an introductory credential in customer service and sales.


Participants receive up to $1,000 in cash incentives. Some members may qualify for a 175-hour paid internship ($18/hr.) before moving on to one of the C&E Network’s advanced training options described below. Members have support from a career advisor, mental health specialist and job developer, so they are fully prepared to start the career pathway of their dreams.

Online information sessions are currently held three times a week, excluding holidays. Visit our linktree to join: CHAMPION Info Sessions

If you have questions, please contact: 

Diamond Boston 

CHAMPION Program Director EO/ACCES-VR Liaison

276 Chestnut Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208

Text "Champion" to (929) 273-1488

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Auxiliary Aids and Services are Available upon Request to Individuals with Disabilities/TTY#: (1800) 662-1220

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Healthcare Advanced Training

Healthcare Advanced Training

Successful graduates from CHAMPION can receive a scholarship to enter the health sector through Careers That Care: Healthcare. Healthcare careers are among the fastest growing and highest paying occupations in the area. Graduates typically become part of a union, get access to even more advanced training and excellent benefits making Careers that Care an excellent stepping stone into the healthcare sector.


Careers that Care is for individuals 18 and older. Training takes place at CUNY Kingsborough. Graduates become licensed in a high-demand, entry-level health profession: 


  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)



Candidates must have a high school diploma or a HSE. Interested candidates should complete the following: Healthcare Advanced Training Interest Form


If you have questions, please contact:

Stephanie Aviles

Program Director, Careers That Care

276 Chestnut Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208

(845) 328-2584


Transportation Advanced Training


Thousands of well-paying, union and non-union jobs in the transportation sector are going unfilled every year. Gaining a CDL is one simple pathway directly into solid employment. Careers That Care: Transportation is a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training program with job placement with an Access-A-Ride company. Participants will obtain their CDLClass C Driver’s License with Passenger Endorsement.  This is the entry level CDL that gets you started in the profession of driving and it does not even require a road test.  You simply must be: 


  • 18 and older

  • Regular Driver’s License for 3 years (no suspensions during that period)

  • No serious violations (no more than 4 points on license)

  • No major adult criminal history.  Evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Qualified CHAMPION graduates are assured of a spot into Transportation Education. If you are 25 years old and up contact Careers That Care: Transportation directly below:

Jessen Vasquez

Program Coordinator

276 Chestnut Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208

(845) 328-2705

IT Traning

IT Training

We are now offering technology training with Per Scholas to offer Satellite IT Support courses. Satellite IT Support courses offer the opportunity to earn the Google IT Support Professional Certificate and the CompTIA A+ certification, equipping our program participants with the knowledge to fill a wide range of entry-level technology jobs. 

If you have any questions about enrollment, please contact:


Nadine Sudlow

Per Scholas Satellite Program Coordinator

276 Chestnut Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208

(845) 328-2570

Culinary Training

Culinary Training 


We've partnered with Hot Bread Kitchen, to provide local Cypress Hills and East New York residents the opportunity to take culinary skills training. Hot Bread Kitchen’s mission is to create economic opportunity for women and gender-expansive people, immigrants, and people of color through job skills training, food entrepreneurship programs, and an ecosystem of support in New York City. 


Through this training participants learn about cooking techniques and safety measures that will help them become professionals within the food industry. Classes take place at the Cypress Hills East New York Community Center, located at 276 Chestnut Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208.


Apply to the Culinary Training Program here. Be sure to select “Brooklyn- Cypress Hills” as the training location. 


For more details or questions about enrollment, please contact:


Jessen Vasquez

Program Coordinator

276 Chestnut Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208

(845) 328-2705

Construction Advanced Training

Construction Advanced Training

Construction is booming in our neighborhood with several thousand apartments being built in the next few years. Building East New York, our advanced construction skills training program streamlines the hiring process of local residents to sites in our area. From entry level candidates to skilled tradesmen, all are encouraged to apply. Individuals who live in Cypress Hills / East New York  that are 18+ years old are eligible to receive their OSHA 30 and 10 hr SST and direct introduction to local contractors who need workers. 18-24 year olds that live outside of the neighborhood are encouraged to apply


Qualified CHAMPION graduates are assured a spot.  If you are 25 years old and up contact the coordinator directly: 



Ana Vargas

Building East New York (BENY) Program Coordinator

276 Chestnut Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208

(347) 464-8185


If you do not live in the area or you would prefer to compete for an opportunity in the Carpenter’s Union, Building Works might be the best fit.  This is a highly-competitive, 6-week pre-apprenticeship program that prepares individuals for work in the Union Construction trades. Certifications offered include OSHA 10 Construction Safety, 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Worker, CPR, Scaffold, and others.


Typically, about 1 out of 5 applicants get accepted into this program. Contact for direct services: 


Jessen Vasquez 

Program Coordinator

276 Chestnut St, Brooklyn, NY 11208

(845) 328-2705

DREAMS YouthBuild

DREAMS YouthBuild 


DREAMS YouthBuild & Young Adult Training Program is a Brooklyn-based alternative school and vocational training program that enables unemployed, out-of-school young men and women, ages 16-24, to obtain their high school equivalency diplomas, develop tangible job skills, secure employment, and purse high education via college or vocational school. The program offers paid construction and health care training to students, providing them with valuable skills and certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (construction) and Prometric (healthcare), while helping to rehabilitate affordable housing in their community.


YouthBuild offers: Pre-HSE and HSE Prep; OSHA 30-Hour Construction Authorization/10-Hour Site Safety Training; NCCER Construction Certification; CNA Certification; Paid job training and certification (can earn up to $5,100.00); College and career placement assistance; Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Courses take place Monday through Friday, from 9am to 4pm at the Cypress Hills East New York Community Center located at 276 Chestnut Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be 17.5 to 24 years old

  • Most left high school without a diploma and are either a member of a low-income family, a foster care youth, a youth who is homeless, an offender, a youth with a disability, a child of an incarcerated parent, or a migrant youth

Apply here:

YouthBuild Background

Since 2011, the program has also provided services to young adults involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, including job training in green construction, technology, and healthcare-related services. Since the program began in 2006, DREAMS YouthBuild has successfully engaged over 550 opportunity youth from Crown Heights/Bedford Stuyvesant and surrounding neighborhoods in becoming dedicated, responsible, educated, accountable, motivated and self-sufficient.

If you have any more questions


​Peter Rodriguez

Associate Director for Programs and Operations

276 Chestnut Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208

(929) 459-2688


Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)


The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August. CHLDC hosts an SYEP program along with organizations in all five boroughs of New York City. There are two types of SYEP, Career Ready SYEP and Community Based SYEP. Here is how you can find out if you qualify for Career Ready or Community Based:

Career Ready SYEP:

Career Ready SYEP has partnerships with certain high schools and is not open to all of the public. Any high school student between the ages of 14-21 yrs old that attends ANY school at Franklin K. Lane or Thomas Jefferson, are eligible for Career Ready SYEP.

Community Based SYEP:

Community Based SYEP applications are open to ALL that are 16-24 yrs old, regardless of their school status. At the end of the application, youth will be prompted to choose a provider. If they would like to work with our agency, they must select Cypress Hills LDC as their primary provider before they submit their application. 


Before completing your application, you will be asked if you want to submit your application to Career Ready or Community Based. Please be sure to submit your application based on the qualifications listed above.

Application Deadline: March 15th, 2024

Apply Here:



Kia Weekes

Career-Ready SYEP Program Coordinator

(347) 389-4001

Christine Rohoo

Community Based SYEP/WLG Program Coordinator

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Work Learn Grow


Work, Learn and Grow Program is a youth program designed to extend high school student's skills and experiences gained through CCM's Summer Youth Program (SYEP). WLG provides career readiness training and paid employment opportunities for up to 25 weeks from October to April.  Participants work in a variety of entry-level jobs including:

  • Government Agencies

  • Hospitals

  • Non-Profits

  • Small Businesses 

  • Law Firms 

  • Museums

  • Sports Enterprises

  • Retail Organizations


WLG career readiness training focuses on topics that include career exploration, financial literacy, conflict resolution, resume/cover letter development and opportunities to continue education and social growth.


Christine Rohoo

Community Based SYEP/WLG Program Coordinator


Cypress Hills Business Partners


Cypress Hills Business Partners is a merchants association that supports community-friendly businesses to strengthen the local economy and expand workplace opportunities in Cypress Hills/East New York. With strong support from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Cypress Hills Business Partners addresses such needs as security, marketing, sanitation/beautification and the pressures of gentrification. Currently there are 50 businesses enrolled in our program.

General Inquiry Form: here


Katty Garces

Senior Director of Business Services

276 Chestnut St, Brooklyn, NY 11208

The Cypress Hills Fulton BID Steering Committee has a vision to create a cleaner, brighter, safer, greener, more pedestrian-friendly, commercial corridor where businesses can thrive and grow while helping the community retain its diversity and affordability. Through the BID, merchants will have a united voice to advocate for fair policies and services for the community.


The Cypress Hills Fulton Business Improvement District formation Steering Committee consists of business owners, property owners, residents, government officials, and community representatives who share a mission to maintain the vibrancy of Fulton Street.


For more information visit


Brooklyn A's Commercial Lease Assistance Program (CLA) is funded by NYC SBS. We provide free, high-quality legal support to NYC small businesses for commercial lease issues. Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A also assist with business formation and intellectual property, which may involve a fee.

Our focus includes:

  • New leases

  • Lease renewals

  • Lease terminations

  • Rent arrears

  • Questions about commercial spaces

  • Other legal aspects of landlord-tenant relationships

To get started, please sign for Commercial Assistance Program via the portal 

Latinx in Business

Cypress Hills Business Partners offers the Latinx in Business Program by UnidosUS, providing digital upskill training for business owners and future entrepreneurs. This 10-hour program offered in English and Spanish, helps current and future business owners launch or expand their business, increase their online presence, market their business and products, and learn about and make use of essential digital tools and applications. As a result of this, Latinx business owners can upskill, reskill, and leverage their skills to expand and grow their business to become more competitive in the global market. 

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If you are interested in registering for an upcoming Latinx in Business workshop, please click here.

For more information about the Latinx in Business program, reach out to the contact below:


Maribel Marmol

(929) 481-7566

If you’re looking for a particular service, but don’t know the name of the program, head to the “How Can We Help You?” form so a program staff member can contact you directly.

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