Career Exploration Program


The Council launched the Career Exploration Program (CEP) in Fall 2008 to broaden the career horizons of disadvantaged girls attending public middle schools in New York City.

CEP is designed as a progressive, three-year program that builds participating schools’ capacities to offer an enhanced academic experience for girls.

CEP instruction is delivered to girls during the school day in girls-only classes for 32 weeks during the school year. In addition to classroom instruction, the program also assists participants with the high school enrollment process.

According to an evaluation conducted by Metis Associates, our short-term outcomes include: improved attendance and academic performance, increased self-esteem, and awareness of healthy lifestyle choices vs. risky behaviors.

Long-term outcomes will include: increase in high school graduation rates, college enrollment and completion rates; and increase of employment in well-paying jobs with potential growth.

Participating Middle Schools:

  • JHS 22 Jordan L. Mott, Bronx
  • PS 89 Cypress Hills Community Middle School, Brooklyn
  • South Bronx Academy for Applied Media Arts, Bronx
  • South Bronx Math Preparatory School, Bronx
  • Leadership and Journalism JHS 318, Bronx

Who Our Program Serves

In our first year, 2008-2009, we served 354 girls.  We have since grown to now serve almost 1,900 girls in 2014-2015 -- our largest cohort ever, including an alumnae class of more than 700 girls.

Approximately 92% of the students from our participating schools are living at or below the poverty line.