EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE THEIR COLLEGE AND CAREER DREAMS.
Creative Connections was founded in 2005 to meet the growing need for college and career readiness in New York City public schools. We coach elementary, middle and high school students to develop their aspirations and fulfill their educational and professional dreams.
Creative Connections is a New York State MWBE certified Women Business Enterprise.
In the most recent academic year, our Success Coaches helped students secure over $400,000 in college scholarships.
Creative Connections provides curriculum-based instruction in eight signature programs:
- College Connections 1&2
- Career Connections
- High School Connections
- Teen Entrepreneur Connections
- Financial Connections
- Art Connections
- Elementary Future Connections
This year alone, Creative Connections has reached over 3,300 students in over 10 NYC districts, and clocked over 8,832 hours of programming.
College Connections 1
College Connections 1 (CC1) introduces 9th and 10th grade students to the benefits of a college education, and what it takes to attain it. READ MORE...
College Connections 2
College Connections 2 (CC2) helps 11th and 12th grade students apply to colleges, secure loans, scholarships, and much more. READ MORE...
Career Connections (CC) helps students define where they want to go and provides step-by-step guidance on how to get there. READ MORE...
High School Connections
High School Connections (HSC) is a middle school program that supports students’ educational goals by helping them navigate the difficult path of choosing the high school that is right for them. READ MORE...
Elementary Future Connections
Elementary Future Connections (EFC) is a dynamic interactive program that opens up the world of college and careers to 4th and 5th-grade students. READ MORE...
Teen Entrepreneur Connections
Teen Entrepreneur Connections (TEC) introduces students to the exciting world of the entrepreneur, by having students create and run their own small business. READ MORE...
Financial Connections (FC) is a middle and high school program that produces financially savvy students who are empowered to make informed financial decisions. READ MORE...
Arts Connections (AC) introduces students to the exciting world of art, and connects them to possible future careers. READ MORE...
"As a Success Coach, I feel it's my obligation not only to equip my students with the necessary tools to build a successful future, but also to help them build self-confidence. Many of them have taken initiative in researching and finding information on the things they want to do in the future. I have seen the looks of accomplishment on their faces and they seem more hopeful, now that they have more direction."
"My mission is to motivate students to bring forth the very best in themselves. Business can be a tool for managing money, socializing professionally, producing artwork/advertising and simply coming up with ideas. It's a rewarding experience to watch my students create, set a goal, follow through with it and reach that goal. It shows them that they can accomplish things the same way in life."
"My aim as a Creative Connections Success Coach is to instill a sense of empowerment and determination in my students, especially as concerns their future career endeavors. Ultimately I want my students to have a clearer understanding of what it takes to achieve an aspiration and make their dreams more tangible and attainable."
"As a Success Coach, I empower and inspire my students to take control of their lives today so they can go to college and get the job they want tomorrow. I make an impact by giving my students the information they need, along with the time and support it takes to use that information."
"I became an instructor with Creative Connections to have the same impact as teachers who believed in me and saw more in me than I did in myself. There is nothing like enlightening students to become beacons of inspiration for their peers by helping them claim the futures they deserve. From day one, you plant a seed and by the 50th session you see it blossom. It's absolutely breathtaking. "
"Creative Connections has very well written curricula that work! Teaching the Careers curriculum has been an especially rewarding experience. I've had so many opportunities to introduce students to career paths they did not even know existed. It's all about sitting a student down and asking them, "What are your aspirations?""
"My purpose is to ignite people by cultivating their curiosity and hunger to learn and value education. My hope is to encourage people to live their best lives and achieve the highest form of expressing themselves. When I perform my purpose with youth, I help society move forward in its evolution."
Yolanda K. Wilkinson
Affecting change, one school at a time.
We offer in school and after school programs throughout New York City. View the map for all of our current locations.
A teacher, a preacher, a police officer and a private investigator...These elementary school kids from P.S. 156 will knock your socks off with their career knowledge, and convince you that they are the best for the job.
Special thanks to all of the teachers, administrators and faculty at P.S. 156 for making this video possible!