Gaining Respect And Determination (GRAD)

2023 Schedule 

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June 3rd, 2023 

10:00a – 12:00pm

New City Fellowship

GRAD Open House

Intern | Parent | Employer | Mentor Open House

Interested in learning more about our program but don’t know where to start? Come meet other interns, employers, mentors, staff and board members at the 2023 GRAD Open House!

June 5 – June 9, 2023

10:00a – 2:00pm

New City Fellowship

GRAD Workshop Week

Orientation & Workshop Week

The Orientation and Professional Development Training (or Workshop Week) is mandatory for all summer interns. Come for a full week of Guest speakers, fun activities and FREE LUNCH! Topics include: Character Formation, Life Skills, Financial Literacy, Resume and Interview Training and Exploring Career Options.

June 12 – July 21, 2023


Employer Site

Summer Internship and Mentorship!

Let the adventure begin! Interns are paired with an employer work location and personal mentor for a 6-week summer PAID internship. Youth will work 20 hours per week, meet with their assigned Mentor for one session per week and are required to volunteer for one hour per week. 

July 29, 2023


 New City Fellowship

GRADuation Celebration Ceremony

Time to celebrate YOUR accomplishments! 

Gaining Respect And Determination (GRAD) 

GRAD is a summer internship program whose purpose is to propel under resourced youth into the workforce while providing them with the resources that inspire confidence and foster skills that will secure sustainable lifetime employment. GRAD offers paid summer employment, mentoring, workshops, job preparation, life skills, character formation, and leadership development.

GRAD is designed for students in high school. We also have GRAD-PLUS which is designed for college age young adults. These interns will typically have leadership responsibilities and will be required to complete Workshop week, Volunteer and engage with a Mentor along with the GRAD Interns.


dedicated mentor

Each summer intern is paired with a responsible vetted adult who encourages, and supports them in making responsible choices in the workplace and in the challenges of everyday life. The mentor will meet once per week with the intern  to ensure success!

paid internship

  • 20 hours per week for 6 to 8 weeks in SUMMER.
  • Competitive Pay
  • Positions: events planning, nonprofit administration, medical services and more!
  • 1 hour of community service required each week

Workshop Week

Workshop week is FUN! Each day there are Guest speakers, fun activities and FREE LUNCH! Some topics include: Character Formation, Life Skills, Financial Literacy, Resume and Interview  Training and Exploring Career Options.