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“New York Drives is like a home away from home. They invest their time in you and push you to your potential and beyond.”

– Lloyd, New York Drives graduate

New York Drives is the first step on the path to a career for low-income News Yorkers who need a driver’s license to access training in the TV & film industry.


New York Drives offers professional development training and helps you earn your driver’s license so you can qualify for BWI’s “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program. All unemployed or low-income New Yorkers are welcome to attend an information session. We especially encourage young adults (18-24), women, and residents of low-income communities such as Red Hook and Brownsville to apply.

Because we screen hundreds of applicants each year for limited training slots, please read our Apply page in detail to make sure you’re a good fit before attending an information session.


New York Drives is a professional development and driver’s licensing program for applicants who are interested in the “Made in NY” PA Training but don’t have a driver’s license.

New York Drives is five weeks long, with the first two weeks focusing on strengthening students’ professional development skills, and the last three weeks dedicated to driving lessons.

All BWI training programs are offered free of charge. However, trainees must be able to cover their personal expenses during the training and job search. We are unable to provide stipends.


After successfully passing their road test, graduates will enroll in the “Made in NY” PA Training Program. Like all of BWI’s programs, MINY includes two years of job placement assistance, and trainees receive ongoing support to access public benefits, as well as legal and financial coaching.

Learn more about The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program.