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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.”
New York Drives represents the first step on a path to a career for low-income News Yorkers who need a driver’s license to access training and a job.
New York Drives provides access to job training and driver’s licenses for low-income individuals who have barriers to employment. We welcome all low-income New Yorkers to attend an information session, especially young adults (ages 18-24), women, and residents of very low-income communities such as Red Hook and Brownsville.
New York Drives is a prerequisite program for BWI’s specialized career training programs in woodworking, cable installation, or TV & film production. Applying to New York Drives is competitive; we screen hundreds of applicants each year for about 75 training slots, so 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 BWI’s specialized career training programs but don’t have a driver’s license.
New York Drives is six weeks long, with the first three 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 enroll into one of BWI’s sector-based training programs. All of BWI’s programs include 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 your options for specialized career training after New York Drives: