How many students will be accepted into the program?

At this time, the program will be accepting 40 students. We are limiting the number of applicants so that we can provide the necessary guidance and attention to each student.

What is the involvement of executives mentors in the program and what is the role of these mentors?

  • Leading mentors are present at every session to guide students, giving them the tools to succeed without giving them the answers.
  • At every session, there will be two leading mentors:  David Dvorkin, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Emory University and media executive at Cumulus Media, along with Valicio Palha, a Dean’s List graduate of Baruch’s Zicklin Business School and professional at American Express.
  • At the final presentations, we will have a panel of five executives present to listen to students’ presentations and provide feedback.  Executives in past years have come from companies including Google, Facebook, ESPN, NBC Universal, and Entrepreneur.com.
  • Prior to the final presentation, each team will meet with an executive in week 3 to receive feedback on their business plan.  In week 4, each team will meet with an executive to prepare for their final presentation.
  • At the end of the program, students will have access to two free networking events with executives in 2018.
  • At the end of program, students will also be invited to become a part of a private LinkedIn network with Hire Cause alumni and executives.  This means that by the time they graduate, they will already be part of a powerful network of executives and will have a leg up in the job market.

Who will be leading the sessions? What type of supervision will be provided for the students as they prepare their events?

The program will be led and supervised by David Dvorkin, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Emory University and media executive at Cumulus Media along with Valicio Palha, a Dean’s List graduate from Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business and a Junior Product Manager at American Express Global Business Travel.  We bring other executives from our network to mentor students throughout the program.  Executives in the past have come from companies including Google, Facebook, ESPN, NBC Universal, and Entrepreneur.com.

Are you affiliated with any other programs, schools, or universities?

We have had the pleasure of implementing our civic engagement project- based- learning programs at Columbia University, Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business, and NYU Stern since 2014. After also implementing a successful pilot program this year at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in NYC, we are now expanding our programs to serve all high school students.

Where will the program courses be held?

Courses will be held at the NYU or the business office of a Hire Cause mentor in Manhattan.

What type of transportation will be provided

for participants?

At this time, no transportation will be provided and students will need to have their own method of transport to meet at the University’s classroom.


Will food be provided?

Food will not be provided on campus. Students should eat before or afterwards so that they are ready to focus between 6:30 and 8pm.


How much time can I expect to spend on coursework each day?

For five weeks, students commit to 90-minute team meeting sessions from 6:30pm-8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In addition to team meetings on Tuesday and Thursday, we recommend that students block off at least 30 minutes per day for reading, research and solo work to support your team in having an impact.


What types of payment are accepted?

We accept all standard credit card options, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, as well as PayPal.


What is your cancellation policy?

Hire Cause is a mutual commitment. We commit to welcoming you into a small, focused cohort of students and professionals, and doing everything we can to deliver on the promises of the workshop and more. In return, we ask you to commit to spending the time, money, and passion it takes to grow through giving.

Deposit: We require a $500 deposit to secure your spot in the Hire Cause program and to accept your admission offer.  Your deposit is non refundable.

Tuition: The rest of your tuition of $3,000 is due before November 10th or December 22nd, 2017, depending upon in which period you applied to the program.  If a refund is granted, it will be for an amount up to 50% of the total fee of $3,500

The following reasons constitute grounds for potential candidates receiving refunds…

  • Family moves out of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut areas.
  • There is a death or serious illness in immediate family or another extenuating circumstance, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • The individual becomes ill and is unable to attend the program.

Refund requests for “no shows” will not be met.


If, in the opinion of our coaches, your behavior is disruptive to the curriculum and you are not contributing to the culture and forward motion of your team, we’ll let you know. If your behavior does not change, we will ask you to withdraw. In this situation, no refund is possible, and we’ll donate half your tuition to Room to Read, a non-profit which builds libraries and schools for children across the globe who do not have access to education.


How do you select the teams of students?

Students will work on their civic engagement projects in teams of 3-5 students. When selecting teams, we work to match students together who want to support similar causes. It’s important to enter the program, knowing which causes you are passionate about supporting while also keeping an open mind. You will decide with your group which charity to support. This decision-making process is also part of the program and will prepare you for working with others in college and in life.


What supplies are necessary to bring to the group planning sessions on Tuesday and Thursday?

Please show up with a notebook and pen. While not necessary, you are also welcome to bring a laptop to use during the planning sessions.


When and where will each team host their fundraising event?

The student planned fundraising events will take place the fourth week of the program either Tuesday or Thursday between 6:30-8pm in lieu of class. It is up to the group of students to decide the location for their event. Parents will be notified so that they can attend the event if they would like. All events will also have a Hire Cause chaperon present.


Why the name, Hire Cause?

We are driven to help students develop professional skill sets through civic engagement, skill sets like leadership, teamwork, and presenting, which will help them have an even greater impact ultimately in their communities, colleges, and careers. These skill sets learned through civic engagement will help students become more hirable in the future and, if they ultimately choose to do so, become the ones hiring and leading others one day.

Apply for the High School Professional Program

The program dates:
March 6th to April 5th, 2018
The application takes 20 minutes to complete.

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