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Seasons Greetings!

Thank you for all of your generous contributions to Career Gear this year. Your donations have allowed us to provide vital services to men living in poverty, through our Job Readiness Program, Professional Development Series, and M.A.S.T Mentoring Program.    Through your generosity, we have been able to impact over 1,000 men’s lives this year … Continued

Networking, Mock Interviews and Styling!

We’ve had an exciting week at Career Gear! Earlier this week, Career Gear participants had the privilege of being made over by stylists, barbers and make-up artists from HairStyling by Joseph and VerveDash. They were also able to spend quality time with professionals from the entertainment, sports and publishing industries who spoke to them about … Continued

Spotlight on a participant: Rodney

Rodney’s favorite quote is from Jackie Robinson “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Favorite quotes are often reflective, and after being released from prison, Rodney was looking to get back on his feet. It’s tough to find work, especially when you’ve got a criminal record. But, Rodney … Continued

AIG hosts Mock Interview Event for Career Gear and Osborne Association Participants

On October 29th 2015, AIG’s Legal department hosted a Mock Interview Event for 25 Career Gear participants.  Since AIG first offered to conduct mock interviews in 2012, we have organized several events and made this opportunity available during most Professional Development Series (PDS) semesters.  As usual, the event was incredibly inspiring for participants and AIG … Continued

Spotlight on a Participant: Luis

After working for himself doing interior designs for over 15 years, Luis De La Cruz woke up one day in 2013 and realized the phone had stopped ringing. The bright, energetic creative—who came to New York in 1987 to study at what is now Parsons School of Design—didn’t know what to do about it. Working … Continued

Go Formal on Friday, October 9th and Support Career Gear!

Join thousands of men and women who are dressing up for a good cause. Go formal with Made Man and Career Gear on Friday, October 9th to help empower men in need with resources, training and suits they can use to rejoin the workforce. Because for every photo posted to Instagram or Twitter and tagged … Continued

Introduction to the Professional Development Series (Fall 2015)

Author: Leah Dennington On August 19th, 2015 Career Gear launched its Fall 2015 Professional Development Series (PDS). The Director of Programs, Oscar Prado, and the Program Manager for the Job Readiness Program, Christopher Straub, led the first workshop of this semester. Workshop participants were familiarized with the schedule and curriculum, program policies, and the wide … Continued

Gender Roles and Women in the Workplace

Continuing our Professional Development Series workshop profiles, we’ve recapped our “Gender Roles and Women in the Workplace” workshop as hosted by Jonathan Monslave and Stephanie Ahkter. Being policy analysts from the Council for State Government Justice Center, and representatives of both genders, Jonathan and Stephanie were able to lend legalistic credibility and a thorough perspective in … Continued

Congratulations to our Spring 2015 Graduates!

Finances managed. Interviews lined up. Jobs received. Goals accomplished. The participants of Career Gear’s Spring 2015 Professional Development Series (PDS) had a lot to celebrate. Last Wednesday, 31 men from diverse backgrounds and life experiences were recognized as graduates of Career Gear’s PDS Spring 2015 semester. The event was generously hosted by Career Gear-supporter AIG, … Continued