Building Community. Growing Leaders.


We provide vital career and education services to Cypress Hills’ residents, helping them develop and reach their educational and employment goals.


Lowell Herschberger, MSW

Director, Career and Education Programs

2930 Fulton St. Second Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11207-2762


We provide a wide array of programs, services, and initiatives all aimed at helping youth and adults achieve education and economic success and develop leadership skills to transform their lives and community. Click the green boxes or scroll down to learn more!



The CHAMPION Network equips out of school out of work youth (ages 16-24) in NYC with the tools to navigate their career journey through training, credentialing and internship opportunities supported by career coaching.   


To be considered for the CHAMPION Network you must be between the ages of 16-24, out of work and school, live in one of the 5 boroughs and be able to commit to the program’s requirements.


CHAMPION members will complete basic skills, work readiness training and earn a credential in the field of transportation (CDL-Class C), office technology (Microsoft Office Specialist) or  Retail Industry Fundamentals and be assisted with job placement. Some CHAMPION Members may qualify for a 175-hour paid internship. 

Online  information sessions will be held on a weekly basis every Thursday at 2 pm excluding holidays . For meeting link information please email CHAMPION at



Champion Network

2930 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208

Text : 929-273-1488


High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) Program

The High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) Program provides adults with instruction to prepare for the High School Equivalency exam (formerly GED prep).


In addition to academic support, participants work with CHLDC Youth Advocates to plan and reach personal education and employment goals.  Classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working participants and include preparing for the HSE exam, and workshops in Career Foundations and Life Skills.


We encourage our participants to plan both short and long-term goals, such as going to college and/or advancing in their career of choice.


Malcolm Joyles



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.


Young people can apply for the program online or at CHLDC during the application period (usually February through April). Participants are selected by lottery.



Nicole Vasquez


2930 Fulton St. 2nd Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11207

Building Works

Building Works is an intensive 17-week pre-apprenticeship program preparing participants for work in the construction trades. Program graduates are eligible to apply for union jobs. Certifications offered include OSHA 10 Construction Safety, 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Worker, CPR, Scaffold, and others.


Jessen Vasquez

Program Coordinator

Cypress Hills Academic & Career Exploration (CHACE) Center
2836 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11207-2650


Work Learn Grow

Work, Learn and Grow Program is a youth program designed to extend 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.


Nicole M. Vasquez

Program Director, WLG 


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 76 businesses enrolled in our program.

Visit to view our business directory!


Read article about Business Partners from LISC


Why should you become a Cypress Hills Business Partner?


We offer a range of benefits to our Business Partners.  In addition to positive publicity, we learn about the needs of your business and help you meet them by connecting you with trained and screened job applicants to fill open positions in your company.  We provide ongoing support to help new employees transition to your workplace so they can succeed and support the success of your business.  We also provide access to business support services through our network so you can help your business grow.


Our Business Partners demonstrate a commitment to local hiring by notifying us of all open employment positions and accepting referrals from our job applicants, sharing data with us on employee retention, and participating in business forums.


If you want to learn more about becoming a Cypress Hills Business Partner, contact:


Hugo Espinal

Director, Cypress Hills Business Partners


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TE@CH ( Transportation Education at Cypress Hills)

TE@CH is a 7 day 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.


21-30 Years of age
Licensed for 3 years (no suspensions during that period)
No serious violations (no more than 4 points on license)
Any Adult Criminal History (Needs to speak with program director first)

Applicants are expected to complete all 7 days of training, complete and pass testing at DMV and return for job placement.



Martin Newell

Case Manager, TE@CH

2836 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11207

Cell: (347) 559-4235


Building East New York

Building East New York is a construction skills program designed to streamline the hiring process of local residents to development  projects occurring in the area.  Community members  are connected to employment opportunities in the Construction sector  for non- union projects. Entry level candidates to skilled tradesmen are encouraged to apply. Individuals who live in Cypress Hills / East New York (Zip Codes : 11208,11207/11239)  that are  18- 30 years old are eligible to receive their OSHA 30 and 10 hr SST free of charge. Throughout the program participants receive work readiness training and support.  The mission of the program is to break down the barriers and create networking opportunities for our residents.

"The Building ENY program benefited me by helping me get my OSHA 30 and 10 HR SST and its additional classes that were available to me. There’s a great opportunity, don't let it pass you by.

One of my greatest challenges is studying hard and paying attention to every class. Remember it is very important to pay attention to teachers with great understanding and they work with you to try to help you. My current job title is general laborer under the contractor I work in the  Chestnut Commons construction site and I really appreciate the Cypress Hill program  for helping me, thank you"

- Adam Cooper Building ENY  Program Graduate Spring 2020


Catherine Genao

Building ENY Coordinator

2836 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11207

Cell: 929-333-5825

Careers That Care

Careers That Care is a health occupation training program for young adults between the ages of 18-24. We provide scholarships for students to attend Royal Learning Institute, CUNY Kingsborough or 1199SEIU Training & Employment Funds for high demand health/medical sector careers including:


  • EKG Technician 

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

  • Medical Billing and Coding 

  • Pharmacy Assistant

  • Phlebotomy Technician

Candidates must have a high school diploma or an HSE. 


Interested candidates should complete the below interest form:


If you have questions, please contact: 

Jennifer Daniel 

Program Director, Careers That Care




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.