This blog explores the issues and challenges facing New York City's young people who are neither working nor in school. Visit www.jobsfirstnyc.org for more information on JobsFirst NYC.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
2013-03-21 News & Events
News & Events from JobsFirstNYC
March 21, 2013
Save the Date - April 9: Join the JobsFirstNYC Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project Planning Meeting
JobsFirstNYC is undertaking a
new project to explore how sectoral employment approaches and
practices can apply to young adult job seekers and benefit the employers
this population. To our knowledge, this is the first such effort in the
We have held several meetings with specific stakeholders who are interested in this work, and on April 9, from 9am-noon,
we will hold a meeting to bring all the key groups together. The
purpose of the meeting will be to talk about this new project, discuss
how direct service workforce organizations, industry skills training
providers, employer intermediaries, and employers might participate in
this project and lay out the key phases of the project. As a key element
of this project is to build collaborative approaches, this meeting will
help interested organizations to identify potential partners. Learn more by downloading an overview of the project (PDF).
The Young Adult Sectoral
Employment Project will include a planning and development period this
year, and include two years of implementation. For this session, we are
specifically seeking participation from executive directors and senior
staff (people within organizations who are empowered to make
organizational decisions) to join us.
JobsFirstNYC has been invited to submit a proposal to the Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund
JobsFirstNYC was pleased to learn this week that we have been
chosen along with 15 other groups nationally to apply to participate in a
new incentive program - called the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF)
to create better employment pipelines for young people that are
out-of-school and out-of-work. You can learn more about this fund here.
are the only New York City organization to receive such an invitation.
Should we apply and be selected, this project will involve a year of
planning and development and a two-year demonstration period.
The purpose of OYIF is to demonstrate the positive impact of
cross-sector collaboratives on the options and life outcomes of young
adults (aged 16-24) who are disconnected from the education and
workforce systems and seek new pathways to credentials and careers. The
invitation is specifically focusing on the Bronx Opportunity Network (PDF),
an existing collaboration among seven community-based organizations in
the South Bronx that are serving out-of-school/work young adults in a
college access and persistence program.
In the coming
days, we will be working with BON's leadership to consider this
important opportunity, which will emphasize strategies to better engage
and support aging-out foster care youth in terms of education and
workforce services. We will keep you posted on further developments
regarding this opportunity.
Save the Date - May 2nd - JobsFirstNYC, Community Service Society, and Fiscal Policy Institute to Release New Report
JobsFirstNYC is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Barriers to Entry: The Increasing Challenges Faced by Young Adults in the New York City Labor Market.
This report, authored by Lazar Treschan of the Community Service
Society and James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute, takes an
in-depth look at both the supply and demand dimensions of the job market
faced by New York City's 18-24 out-of-school/work population. The
report examines the important trends within the New York City labor
market specifically as they relate to young adults' ability to find and
advance in jobs. The study also considers the key characteristics of
young people, including demographics, where they live, their skills, and
barriers they face to connecting to employment opportunities.
On May 2, we will
bring together practitioners, funders, policy makers/influencers,
employers and others to discuss the findings and implications of this
important research. Stay tuned for further announcements.
Still Room to Register: Job Developer Networking Event on Tuesday, March 26
Job Developers' Networking Breakfast Tuesday, March 26, 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Sheraton Brooklyn, 228 Duffield Street Register here Next week's Job Developer's Networking breakfast (co-hosted by JobsFirstNYC & WPTI) will focus exclusively on how job developers can more effectively engage with employers in order to improve their own workforce development strategy and place more job seekers in quality jobs.
We will follow that with breakout sessions in which attendees will have time to engage with employer representatives from Modell's, Swiss Post Solutions, Benchmarc Restaurants, and Community Health Care Association of New York State who will share their unique perspectives on hiring practices, as well as tips for improving your employer relationships.
Join JobsFirstNYC's Employer Engagement Work Group on April 10, from 3-5 p.m.
This first meeting of 2013 will be hosted by the Consortium for Worker Education at 275 7th Avenue, 18th Floor, Manhattan.
We will be discussing JobsFirstNYC's work underway regarding the National Work Readiness Credential and online job applications, as well as identifying through group consensus the older young adult-issues JobsFirstNYC should be addressing in 2013.