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
  • IS 129 Twin Parks
  • South Bronx Academy for Applied Media Arts
  • JHS 131 Albert Einstein
  • Leadership and Journalism JHS 318

Who Our Program Serves

We served 354 girls in 2008-2009; served 720 sixth- and seventh-grade girls in 2009-2010, and expanded to reach more than 1,100 girls in the 2010-2011 school year. During the 2011-2012 cycle we served close to 1,400 girls, which included our first 9th-grade alumnae class. In 2012-13 we will serve over 1,500 girls, including an alumnae class of more than 400 girls.

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