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 JobsFirstNYC.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
2013 Year in Review
2013 Year in Review
is proud to have worked with our partners this year on a range of
initiatives at the local, state and national level to improve employment
opportunities for out-of-school out-of-work young adults. Here is a
look at some of our achievements.
Expanding knowledge about the youth employment crisis (PDF) through the release of Barriers to Entry: The Increasing Challenges Faced by Young Adults in the New York City Labor Market.
The report, authored by James Parrott of Fiscal Policy Institute and
Lazar Treschan of Community Service Society, offered the latest
research, analysis and insights on trends in the demand for young adult
labor. Over 150 industry leaders, funders, policy makers/influencers,
and employers attended the release event.
Randy Osmun, Executive Director of The SOURCE, speaks to the YASEP Learning Community
Coordinating the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP)(PDF)our
new local initiative with five workforce partnerships awarded planning
grants and becoming inaugural members of the YASEP Learning Community.
The first such effort of its kind nationally, JobsFirstNYC is preparing
the five partnerships for funding in early 2014, and working to assist
500 young people 18-24 years old, who are out of school and out of work,
make a successful transition to the labor market in the next two years.
their effort to access the labor market were present in any plans to
restructure the city's workforce development system. Executive Director
Lou Miceli is a member of the Re-Envisioning Strategy Group, and we are
working closely with a range of partners to ensure that the incoming
mayoral administration prioritizes the challenge of out-of-school/work young adults.
Filled-to-capacity October 2013 CBO Network Meeting
Convening meetings of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs).We
support the vital role CBOs play in reconnecting out-of-work and
out-of-school young adults to opportunities for self-sufficiency through
advocacy, professional development, and organization building efforts.
This is a powerful way to connect the many people in the young adult
workforce field who can share best practices, engage with industry
experts, and keep abreast of the most important trends in the field.
Photo courtesy of the BON
Collaborating with Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, in partnership with the Bronx Opportunity Network (BON),
to work with leaders from 21 communities across the U.S. to build
cross-sector collaborations with the goal of bringing 6.7 million young
people back into education and the workforce. The BON is a powerful
eight-organization, community-based collaboration serving young people
in the poorest neighborhoods in the South Bronx who endeavor to succeed
in college. JobsFirstNYC is supporting this project financially and with a range of technical assistance supports.
Photo by Helayne Seidman
Funding to support a Network Coordinator, (PDF). Gaspar Caro acts as the key staff person bringing all
member organizations, employer partners and community stakeholders to
the Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN) - a collaboration among
six community-based organizations all serving residents in the Lower
East Side and New York City at-large. LESEN works with the hospitality
sector, among others, which has a significant and growing presence in
the area, to design and streamline customized recruitment efforts and
processes for hotels and related businesses to hire young people and
older adults from the neighborhood and city. (Luis Vargas, a Network job
seeker, was featured in this New York Post article.)
Alan Momeyer, Loews Corporation
Building our board of directors through the addition of three new members: Steve Block, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Architecture, Moody's; Dianne Morales, Executive Director, Phipps CDC; and Angela Ortiz, Extern Attorney and Volunteer Attorney, Lawyers Alliance for New York. In addition, long-time board member Alan Momeyer,
Vice President for Human Resources, Loews Corporation, became the new
board chair to expand financial resources, bring leadership from the
business community, and lead the Board's transition from a founding to
an operational role in the coming year.
you to our partners who helped make these accomplishments possible. We
look forward to our continued work together in 2014.