OBT by the numbers


Approximately 30% of young adults in NYC are now disconnected from employment and education, making the total a staggering 291,500.

New York City’s unemployment rate has skyrocketed since the pandemic began to 14%. There is also significant underemployment in New York City – when workers work less than 20 hours per week. These serious problems are more evident and compounding in NYC’s communities of color – the very neighborhoods in which OBT has been rooted for decades.

Our programs offer a bridge to economic mobility and stability.

New Yorkers

Since 1983, we have helped 15,000 New Yorkers gain the skills and educational credentials they need to succeed.

Program Completions

77% of program participants complete OBT programs successfully each year.

Certifications Awarded

60% of program participants earn industry-recognized credentials while in an OBT program.

Gain Employment or Attend College

52% of program graduates engage in employment or matriculate in college after graduating from our programs

Average Yearly Salary

The average wage of an OBT graduate is $35,000 one year after working with us.


69% of graduates remain employed or in college after one year.

Participants are Black, Latinx, or Asian Youth

Over 94% of our participants are students of color with diverse academic experiences and skills