The Riverside Church Career Day


Saturday, May 14, 2022 • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Career Day is one of the most anticipated annual traditions at the Riverside Church. Student participants benefit from a dynamic experience that connects their academic pursuits and personal passions with their possible future careers. Career Day also provides students, parents, and community partners with an opportunity to develop meaningful and personal relationships. All participants will enjoy this day of exploration and learning. We cannot wait to see you there!

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2022 Scholarship

The Riverside Church Career Day committee encourages high school students (10th-12th grade) to complete a scholarship application. The following scholarships will be presented at Career Day on Saturday, May 14th, 2022: The Career Day Scholarship Award, The Pamela Palanque North Scholarship Award, and The Riverside Business and Professional Women’s Club Scholarship Award. Each Scholarship is for $500. We look forward to receiving your application. Completed application packets must be received by Monday, April 4th, 2022. Incomplete and/or late scholarship applications will not be evaluated. Due to COVID, we will also accept completed applications via email. In the subject line of the email state: “student name – career day scholarship” and send to Faxed copies will not be accepted. To apply click link below. 

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More Information about Career Day at the Riverside Church

The Riverside Church Career Day began on May 17, 1991 as Career Night for high school seniors, arranged by Riverside’s Youth Minister, Rev. Mariah Britton, and the team of Youth Mentors. The following year the event returned as “Career Day” on January 25, 1992, this time with the help of the Business and Professional Women’s Association and the Black Christian Caucus. This event consisted of panels and opportunities for people from different generations to connect, talk, and encourage each other. Career Days continues to this day, nearly three decades later, as an annual event for young people in the New York City area.

The purpose of Career Day is to support, counsel, and nurture a diverse student body. It provides guidance concerning future career choices/options. Encouragement of continuous support network for students as they pursue their goals. Multicultural students cite a wide variety of reasons for choosing to attend our Career Day Fair. Ranging from exceptional conversations provided by professionals who are leaders in their various fields to the many organizations that offer various opportunities. Whatever the reason, the students you encounter at Career Day are seeking the interests and motivations as diverse as their individual participants’ backgrounds.

Students in grades 10-12 are encouraged to complete the Career Day scholarship application for the chance to receive a $500 scholarship to help assist their college education. Click the link below to find out more and download the application.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of attending?
Follow your passion and learn about future career choices/options. Whether you attend a large or small school, return to your fellow students, friends and family energized and inspired after visiting The Riverside Career Day Fair. Share your notes and knowledge afrer engaging professionals who are leaders in their various fields.

Who will I meet?
With over 80 professionals, representing academic and non-academic sectors. Explore career fields by gaining knowledge from professionals as they present their real world experience. Find out how these pros launched their careers.

What will I learn?
Learn what it takes to pursue exciting job opportunities. What educational requirements, methods and best practices from leaders in the profession.  Be inspired by their career journey. Connect with other students interested in similar career fields.

How much do tickets cost?
Registration is free!

Do I have to pre-register? Or can I just show up?
While not required, pre-registration is preferred and will vastly improve the check in process!

Do parents/guardians have to register?
Nope, they don’t. (But you can bring them.)

Is their food provided?
We were wondering when you were going to ask about food. And yes, there will be a complimentary lunch provided. We recommend that you bring a water bottle to refill throughout the day.

Where is The Riverside Church?
We’re in West Harlem, just a couple blocks off the 1 train and a short walk from the A train. A whole lot of busses go right by our neighborhood (the M104, M4, and M5 are our favorites) and there’s even there’s even a parking garage on the same block as the church! 

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Career Day will highlight these key professions:

  • Arts
  • Career Development
  • Leadership
  • Creative Writing
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law & Law Enforcement
  • Medical Career Pathways
  • Social Media Careers
  • Social Work
  • Technology

Register now to meet over 300 students and network with over 100+ professionals.

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How much do presenter tickets cost?
Exhibitor registration is free!

What’s provided?
A 6 foot by 3 foot skirted table with 2 chairs as well as lunch and refreshments for all speaker/presenter attendees. On the day of, we ask that the speaker/presenter arrive by 9:00 AM (if you don’t need time to prepare your table section) arrive at 9:30 AM and check-in on the 1st floor of South Hall in the lobby where you will be provided with name tags and a map with your designated floor and table. Complimentary lunch and beverages will be available.

What should I bring?
Literature, hand-outs, etc. laptop, tablet, or another device.

Sponsorship/Donation Engagement Opportunities

Career Day provides a unique opportunity for you to join us in educating and empowering youth throughout the tri-state area.

Will you partner with us? Please consider serving as a Career Professional Exhibitor to either represent your company, industry, or profession during the Career Fair to teach the students about your field. Participation as a representative (Has a booth/tables, leads a workshop, or sit on a panel)
If interested, please email Lenni Santos-Santana.

As we plan for the future, your continued generous support of Career Day is appreciated:Donations of every kind and size help us make a difference in the lives of youth – every gift keeps our program going.