Grow Your Own (GYO) Workforce Development Program

Hear from some of our teachers about why they teach and how Kennedy helped them achieve their goals.

Have you thought about a career in education? Grow Your Own provides the training you’ll need to become a New York State certified Teacher Assistant - the first step in a lifelong career in education.

GYO combines hands-on experience in the classroom with professional development and exam preparation. Our intensive job-placement services help graduates find suitable positions at early childhood providers throughout the city.

The 6-week program is free for participants, and covers the costs of all mandated screenings, workshops, and tests.

If you are interested in applying for the GYO program, please contact Workforce Coordinator Mira Handman ( for more information!

Grow Your Own is made possible with generous support from the Robin Hood Foundation.

GYO Graduates pose with their diplomas

GYO Graduates pose with their diplomas