NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Futures and Options, an organization that empowers New York City's economically challenged teens to explore careers and guides them to further their education, today announced that it will honor Thane Carlston and Bill Derrough of Moelis & Company, and Morgan Stanley at its 6th Annual Dream Big - A Celebration of Opportunity. The Dream Big Award salutes businesses and leaders who make it possible for young people to acquire the work-readiness skills, career opportunities and higher education needed to successfully compete in our global economy. The event is scheduled to be held on October 18, 2016.
Since its founding, Futures and Options has served more than 5,500 New York City teens and coordinated paid, mentored internships at more than 500 private and nonprofit businesses in New York City. Futures and Options gives determined, capable middle and high school students in NYC the chance to imagine, explore and realize futures and options they never envisioned, with over 95% of students graduating high school on time and going on to pursue higher education. To this end, Futures and Options partners with the business community to provide transformative work and learning opportunities to motivated young people who lack the skills, knowledge, and access needed to be prepared for and succeed in the world of work. This year alone, Futures and Options' programs will serve more than 800 kids, with over 200 businesses employing interns from over 130 schools.