BUILDING CLOSURE: The Door's Manhattan and Bronx Youth Centers will be closed on Thursday, July 4th. Regular hours will resume on Friday, July 5th.

Career & Education

Youth Leadership

The Door offers a range of opportunities for young people to learn key leadership skills that you can apply in everyday life. Taking advantage of the leadership opportunities at The Door can help you to stay in school and pursue future educational opportunities; gain self-confidence and self-esteem; pursue avenues for self-discovery and self-expression; make positive contributions to your community; develop job skills; and understand the issues affecting your community to learn how you can make a difference.

In addition to the leadership programs described below, opportunities for other leadership skills building can be found in our Jobs & Internships programs.

Cultivating Youth Leaders

Community Engagement Manager Kristopher King recalls his personal journey, from LGBTQ+ young person who first came to The Door as a youth member, then became a peer educator in our Adolescent Health Center (AHC), and finally joined AHC as a staff member.

Youth Council

Youth Council (YC) is a group of active Door members who receive training and support in developing workforce, leadership, and organizing skills while representing the voice of young people at The Door and giving back to The Door community. Activities include attending weekly meetings and skill building workshops, planning community events, running groups, working with new members, and gathering feedback from other Door members. 

The Youth Arts Council’s mission is to empower other Door members to become well-rounded lifelong artists in their personal and professional lives. Council members learn about professional opportunities through their participation in regular field trips to art institutions and shows, and they work closely with a Teaching Artist of their main artistic medium to expand their skills, build their portfolio, run the studio space, and assist in teaching. Finally, Council members represent other arts participants by bringing youth feedback to The Door Arts team. 

There are currently 16 YC members at the Manhattan Youth Center in SoHo and another 3 at the Bronx Youth Center.

Peer Educators (Health)

The Peer Education program is a health education-outreach program for young people interested in promoting positive lifestyle choices among fellow Door members, students, and young adults. Peer Educators engage youth in workshops/activities about healthy relationships and safer sex, including, but not limited to condom use, STI/HIV prevention, contraceptives and pregnancy prevention, drug and alcohol harm reduction, and mental and physical health. The program usually has 8–10 peers at a time. 

Our Educators currently partner with:

  • Chelsea CTE HS 

  • Urban Assembly: Academy of Gov't & Law 

  • Summit Academy Charter School 

  • Brooklyn Prospect HS 

  • Gotham Professional Arts Academy 

  • Grace Church HS 

  • East Side Community HS 

  • City-As-Schools 

  • Harold Hunter Foundation 

  • Community Healthcare Network: Teens Pact 

  • The Door Bronx Youth Center 

  • Broome Street Academy

Summer Youth Employment Program

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth with career exploration opportunities and paid work experience each summer. In partnership with Broome Street Academy, students will have the opportunity to explore interests and career pathways, develop workplace skills, and engage in learning experiences that help develop social, civic, leadership and work experience skills. SYEP experience will also include:

  • Guaranteed space for BSA Students

  • Career Exploration: Flex your research skills and discover new career possibilities.

  • Paid Project-Based Learning: BSA students aged 14—15 learn about career opportunities and make a difference in their communities through paid project-based activities. Work Experiences: BSA students aged 16+ will improve their work readiness skills and explore career pathways through paid summer jobs in a variety of industries throughout NYC.

  • Earn Money: Get paid to participate! BSA Students aged 14-15 earn $700, BSA Students aged 16+ earn $2250 throughout 6 weeks of summer.

This program is only offered to BSA students. If you’re interested in learning more about SYEP, contact Mr. Lawrence at

Contact Directory

Arts Youth Council

Youth Council

Sheldon Messias,
Justine Kahn,

Peer Educators

Kristopher King,


*for BSA students only

Mr. Lawrence at

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