ABOUT QUEENS COMMUNITY HOUSE (QCH)
Queens Community House is a multi-site, multi-service settlement house that serves the diverse neighborhoods of Queens. QCH serves residents of all ages, races, faiths, and ethnicities while supporting the viability of the borough as a whole. They are committed to a holistic approach that deals with immediate needs as well as the barriers that may impede personal, family, and community stability.
With that mission in mind, those at QCH decided to establish Virtual Closet as an initiative that would provide those in need with free and accessible professional attire for their job opportunities. In the summer of 2021, Virtual Closet was officially made into a reality by a team of SYEP participants working under QCH, as well as with a series of partnerships and donations from some generous apparel companies.
Learn More About Queens
Community House's Youth Programs and Initiatives:
Young Adult Food Sector
Queens Connect is an employment program that focuses on training and preparing youth to pursue successful careers in food service and food manufacturing. In this program, participants will partake in six weeks of training and eight weeks of paid internship, allowing them to leave the program with a food handler's certificate.
Summer Youth Employment
SYEP is an employment program that provides youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with a paid summer job for up to six weeks during the months of July and August. Once selected, participants will be provided with a series of entry-level jobs across various fields to choose from and they will get a chance to attend workshops to further their knowledge on career exploration, job readiness, and financial literacy.
Work, Learn, & Grow
Work, Learn, & Grow is an initiative funded by City Council that is meant to continue the experiences provided by the Summer Youth Employment Program. WLG is open to former SYEP participants who are between 14- and 24-years-old and still attend school. With WLG, the participants continue their career readiness training and receive paid employment opportunities for up to 25 weeks during the months from October to April.
and Errand Program
The Neighborhood Intergenerational Chore and Errand Program is a year-round employment program that is open to high school students. In this program, participants undergo training to work with older adults. These students provide chore and shopping assistance, as well as companionship to local seniors in the community. These participants will also provide friendship and mobility assistance to the elderly in nearby nursing homes.
YouthBuild Queens is a program that assists young adults, from ages 18-24 and from a limited number of zip codes, in acquiring their High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma and prepares them in entering the field of skilled trades. Along with HSE instruction, participants of the program will also attend regularly scheduled construction skills training courses. When the participants complete this training, they will attain their OSHA 30 Certification and receive entry into the National Center for Construction and Research (NCCER). In total, participants must complete 500 hours of construction projects and activities in order to finish the program.