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Mission Employment

Mission Employment; Vocational Services

Program Overview

Mission Employment assists at-risk youth ages 18-24 who reside in the Town of Hempstead or City of Long Beach towards a career path.


Clients Served Last Year:


Program Contact:

Sharon Carty-Johnson
Program Director

Funding Generously Provided by:

The Town of Hempstead, City of Long Beach Local Workforce Development Board, and private donations.

Contact Information:

175 Fulton Avenue, Suite 400
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 489-8101 x184

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Program Description

The Problem:

At-risk youth often face barriers not only to enter the job force, but also to prepare towards a long-term career.

Our Solution:

Teach young men and women better work ethics to retain their jobs.

How We Do it:

Mission Employment works with individuals who are not currently attending high school/college or are dropouts, high school graduates who are economically disadvantaged, ex-offenders, homeless, residing in foster care, pregnant or parenting, or have a documented disability. The program provides counseling, a career assessment, job readiness workshops, on-the-job training, and paid internships.

How You Can Help:

To support Mission Employment with a gift, click here or call (516) 539-0150 x117.


The Outcomes of Mission Employment

At-risk youth leave the program prepared for financial independence and a career.

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Approximately 23% of participants have enrolled in schools such as Hunter Business School, Commercial Driving school and pre-apprenticeships.

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57% are working primarily part-time as they continue to participate in workshops.



14% are enrolled in EAC Network GED classes and are scheduled to take the exam.

What People Say About Mission Employment

I entered Mission Employment as an economically disadvantaged high school dropout with aspirations to enter the criminal justice field. My goal was to attend college and become a police officer. Mission Employment developed an individual strategy service plan that included me achieving my GED, receiving certification in the security field, and placing me in a job. I successfully achieved all three goals and enrolled in a local college for criminal justice studies. I thank Mission Employment tremendously for providing the tools I needed to help my career path to becoming a police officer.

Mission Employment Client

They really do inform you and help you with all aspects of life. I feel like I can do it all now.

Mission Employment Client

Cristina came to Mission Employment as a young wife and mother seeking better employment opportunities as well as possible training for new career paths. During this time she attended monthly financial, entrepreneurial, and labor market/employment information workshops that were conducted by guest speakers who had been invited by Mission Employment staff.

When she first enrolled in Mission Employment, Cristina was employed off the books at a local fish market in an undesirable location and with a “not very understanding” employer. Her family was struggling financially; her husband was also working off the books, as a dishwasher. It was through Mission Employment’s assistance exploring job training opportunities that she was about to select a LIEOC Developmental Education course.

Continue reading Cristina’s story here.

Mission Employment Program Director

Jennifer is a young single mother who found employment while enrolled in Mission Employment. She began as a receptionist with a dumpster rental company, and as the months went by she was given more responsibility while learning various aspects of the job. Her work ethic and ability to learn quickly did not go unnoticed by the owner of the company.  A few months later, he transferred her to his newly acquired business with a promotion to Administrative Assistant/Customer Service Manager. She loves the company and her work responsibilities.  She’s now a salaried employee with health benefits.  In addition, she recently enrolled herself in aesthetics school at the New York Institute of Beauty (NYIB) and plans to continue into advanced classes!

Mission Employment Program Director

Special Thanks