Thursday, February 28, 2013

2013-02-26 News & Events from JobsFirstNYC

News & Events from JobsFirstNYC          
February 26, 2013  


Registration is now open for the next Job Developers' Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, March 26th

Mark your calendars and register to join JobsFirstNYC & WPTI for the next Job Developers' Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, March 26th from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The event will take place at the Sheraton Brooklyn, 228 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

JobsFirstNYC and Workforce Professionals Training Institute are co-hosting a networking breakfast specifically for people working in a direct service capacity and whose primary job is to work with employers and job seekers. The agenda and guest speaker for this event will be announced in our next e-serv.

JFNYC & WPTI are pleased to offer this opportunity to the field at no-cost, but we do require all attendees to register in advance of the event. Please click here to register.

If you have registration questions, please contact Saki Mori at WPTI at 646-278-5685 or at smori@workforceprofessionals.org.

JobsFirstNYC will lead two workshops at next week's NYATEP Youth Academy

JobsFirstNYC is busy gearing up for next week's NYATEP Youth Academy, "The Future is Now: Excellence in Youth Programming", which will be held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY from March 5th - 7th.

Those in attendance will learn about best practices and new trends in the field, get policy updates from the state and national level, and get to hear from some very inspiring industry experts.

JobsFirstNYC is also excited to be leading the following workshops at the conference (more details regarding the content of JFNYC's sessions can be found on our blog):

March 6, 2013, 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.   
Going Beyond the Bottom Line:  Employer Perspectives on Hiring Young People and Supporting them on the Job
Lou Miceli, JobsFirstNYC; Celeste Frye, Public Works Partners; Albany-area employers

March 7, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  
In it Together Real Partnering to Improve Employment in the Lower East Side.
Gaspar Caro, Lower East Side Employment Network; Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham, JobsFirstNYC 

The Youth Academy represents a great opportunity for NYC-based practitioners to connect and network with peers from across the state, and for the first time, from throughout the Northeast region of the country.   

For more information, including a complete list of 2013 workshop topics (pdf format), visit the NYATEP website. We hope to see you there!
 

GED® 2013 Campaign to Finish featured on several Spanish Language TV and Radio Broadcasts

JobsFirstNYC's own Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham has been featured on several Spanish Language broadcasts this month. She has been busy engaging NYC's Latino community in discussions emphasizing the recent launch and importance of the GED® 2013 Campaign to Finish. The Campaign to Finish was launched this month by the Fund for Public Advocacy and a coalition of CBO partners. 

Here's a snapshot of her TV and radio appearances this month:

  • Radio WADO 1280 AM Buen Dia New York with Ricardo Espinosa and Ino Gomez, February 6th (live)
  • Radio WADO 1280 AM El Palo de la Tarde with Coco Cabrera, February 14th (live)
  • HITN-TV National Latino public television network in the US - broadcast of Dialogo de Costa a Costa with Malin Falu and Gerson Borrero, February 20th (live)
  • Univision Channel 41 Al Despertar with Enrique Teutelo, Aired February 25th
  • UniMas of Univision- American Spanish-language broadcast TV network En Tu Comunidad with Enrique Teutelo, will air Sunday, March 24th at 7:30am

JFNYC will provide links to audio/video for these broadcasts where possible as they become available. Stay tuned! In the meantime, click here to download and listen to the official PSA (mp3 format) for the GED® Campaign to Finish.  

As a reminder, if you are currently working with a 17-24 year old New York City resident who has taken the GED® test before and is close to passing, act now to get them back on track to earn their high school equivalency diploma in 2013. Visit the GED® Compass site for all the information and resources needed to help someone re-connect and finish their GED® this year. Get started today!

Campaign for Tomorrow's Workforce ACTION ALERT:  Contact State Legislators NOW to Protect Access to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma!
Shared on behalf of the Campaign for Tomorrow's Workforce:

ISSUE: Access to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma is at serious risk under current state budget proposals.  In response to changes to the GED® exam at the national level, The NYS Education Department (NYSED) is in the process of selecting a new state-subsidized High School Equivalency (HSE) Test.  Without additional state investment, 25,000 FEWER New Yorkers will have the opportunity to earn a HSE diploma each year, and/or new fees may be charged to test-takers.  This represents a serious risk to educational opportunity in New York.   

TAKE ACTION: Contact your New York State Assembly Members and Senators and urge them to protect free access to High School Equivalency testing and to invest in HSE testing and preparation.   

For more information, including talking points, background information on the issue, and contact information for your NYS Assembly Members and Senators, visit the Campaign for Tomorrow's Workforce's website.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

JobsFirstNYC will present two workshops at the upcoming NYATEP Youth Academy in Albany

JobsFirstNYC is very pleased to be a co-sponsor of this year's NYATEP Youth Academy, "The Future is Now: Excellence in Youth Programming", which will take place in Albany, NY from March 5th - 7th.

The Youth Academy represents a great opportunity for NYC-based practitioners to connect and network with peers from across the state, and for the first time, from throughout the Northeast region of the country.

Those in attendance will learn about best practices and new trends in the field, get policy updates from the state and national level, and get to hear from some very inspiring industry experts. JobsFirstNYC is also excited to be presenting the following workshops at the conference:

March 6, 2013, 2:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m.   
Going Beyond the Bottom Line:  Employer Perspectives on Hiring Young People and Supporting them on the Job
Lou Miceli, JobsFirstNYC; Celeste Frye, Public Works Partners; Scott Zucker, Public Works Partners (Invited); Albany-area employers

Making effective and enduring connections with employers is challenging work in any context, but is particularly challenging for practitioners and institutions that are working to assist young adults that are neither working nor in school. Recognizing this, JobsFirstNYC, an intermediary focusing on reducing the number of out-of-school and out-of-work young adults in New York City, commissioned Public Works Consulting to do something unprecedented: Engage 100 NYC-area employers in a research project to better understand their experiences with the New York City workforce development system; their experiences in working with a younger workforce; and, their experiences and challenges in working specifically with young adults that are out-of-school and out-of-work. Join a discussion about the report Going Beyond the Bottom Line and how to move the field forward in this challenging work.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Hear directly employers reaction to the workforce development system
2. Understand employers experiences, challenges, and recommendations working with young adults
3. Opportunity to share feedback and reaction to move positively forward




March 7, 2013, 9:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m.  
In it Together Real Partnering to Improve Employment in the Lower East Side.
Gaspar Caro, Lower East Side Employment Network; Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham, JobsFirstNYC

The Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN) includes The Door, Henry Street Settlement Chinese-American Planning Council, Good Old Lower East Side, Inc., University Settlement, and Chinatown Manpower Project. While these organizations have been working together in the Lower East Side since 2007, with the support of JFNYC they are now strengthening their efforts to connect work-ready young adult job seekers to employment opportunities with targeted employers in growth areas of the local economy. JFNYC provides funds to support a Network Coordinator whose main responsibility is to bring together all partner organizations, employers and community stakeholders. The goal of the LESN is to develop a mechanism and create a system for older youth 18 to 24 years of age to be formally connected to employment opportunities in the Lower East Side. 

Learning Outcomes:
1. Methods to develop a multi-institutional collaboration
2. How the network used Labor Market Information to help them inform their current strategy
3. Ways to work with employers in a coordinated and efficient way
4. How multiple partners can achieve seamless connection to a range of services so that more young people get what they need in terms of support in real time 


For more information (including a complete list of 2013 workshop topics), visit the NYATEP website.  We hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

NYC Employers and Workforce Service Providers came together recently to discuss "Going Beyond the Bottom Line"

On December 14, 2012, JobsFirstNYC, with authors Public Works Consulting, presented the findings of our report, Going Beyond the Bottom Line: Employer Perspectives on the Young Adult Workforce Development System in New York City, to a standing-room-only audience at the New York City Employment and Training Coalition’s annual Workforce Development Summit and Expo. 

Approximately 40 practitioners joined us for this workshop, a highlight of which was a panel discussion amongst five regional hiring managers who gave voice to the employer perspectives featured in the report. The employers represented critical youth-hiring sectors, including restaurants and retail, as well as technology, building services, and insurance.   

The panelists spoke candidly about the benefits and challenges of hiring young workers, the ability of nonprofit organizations to effectively meet their workforce needs, and the skills they were most looking for in young workers. One employer panelist, Greg Hambric, Regional Hiring Manager for Modells Sporting Goods, shared with us his impression of the workshop:

"JobFirstNYC is committed to strengthening the relationship between employers and workforce practitioners to address the needs of getting out-of-work and out-of-school young people employment opportunities. As a Human Resources professional in a specialty retail organization, the use of community workforce organizations to fill various entry level positions throughout the city has been an important part of our recruitment initiatives. These are individuals that our organization would otherwise not have access to through other recruitment means. At the recent 'Going Beyond the Bottom Line' workshop held by JobsFirstNYC, I was fortunate enough to participate as a panelist in a forum, where I was able to share some key components that have made our workforce partnership successful and the reasons why [community-based organizations] will continue to be a viable resource. The workshop was successful at sharing key facts and real world instances that will serve as a blueprint for practitioners to follow when engaging employers. [JobsFirstNYC's] commitment to addressing this youth population and bridging the gap between employers and workforce professionals was evident in the facilitation of this workshop."

The panel was followed by a lively question and answer session with the panelists. These interactions both highlighted gaps in perspectives between providers and employers as well as helped bridge those gaps through conversation and dialogue. We heard from providers a concern that the credentials they were helping young people achieve might not be recognized by employers; the panelists responded by emphasizing the importance of working directly with employers to determine the right credentials that make the difference in hiring decisions and at the workplace. 

JobsFirstNYC will continue to build on our employer engagement efforts through meetings, work groups, research and workplace site visits that help to bridge the divide that too often separates the employers that hire young people and the workforce development providers working to place young people into jobs.

If you are interested in contributing to these critical efforts, consider joining JobsFirstNYC's Employer Engagement Work Group, which meets quarterly. Contact Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham for more information on upcoming meetings.