Wednesday, December 23, 2015

2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Increases Federal Spending for Workforce and Education

Last week, President Obama signed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which details discretionary federal funding through September 30, 2016. Among several policy items and funding details for areas such as energy, homeland security, and health and human services, the bill includes increased funding and policy reforms for workforce development and education. Overall, the omnibus bill provides $12.18 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Labor and $68 billion for the Department of Education, respective increases of $234.6 million and $1.2 billion from FY 2015.

Included in the provisions of these increases are several key elements with the potential to impact programs and services for out-of-school and out-of-work young people. For instance, it allocates $10.06 billion for state and local community funding for employment training programs and unemployment insurance. This includes a $42 million increase for youth programs that are consistent with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and allows for statewide support of sector partnerships and career pathways. The bill also allocates $90 million for Registered Apprenticeship grants and $1.69 billion to the Office of Job Corps. The YouthBuild program for students who have dropped out of high school will receive a $5 million increase, and One-Stop Career Centers will receive a $7.5 million increase.

Through funds allocated to the Department of Education, the bill will increase the maximum Pell grant award to $5,915 and restore maximum Pell grant eligibility to “Ability-to-Benefit” students – students who have passed a basic skills test to prove their competency to benefit from college but do not have a high school diploma or the Certificate of High School Equivalency. Funds will be increased for Science Education Partnership awards to programs that establish strong career pipelines through biomedical sciences education, and funding for programs to improve college and career readiness for Native American Youth will receive a $20 million dollar increase.

Many of the programs that will be supported by this increased funding align with JobsFirstNYC’s 2014 policy paper, Unleashing the Economic Power of the 35 Percent. In the paper, we advocate for sector-based training and employment opportunities; apprenticeships; community-based partnerships; and one-stop education, training, and employment resources for young people. Moreover, these programs align with several of JobsFirstNYC’s initiatives for out-of-school and out-of-work 16-24 year olds, including our Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project, a collaborative of seven sectoral partnerships throughout New York City; the Bronx Opportunity Network, a college access network for students in the Bronx who would not otherwise pursue post-secondary education; and our placed-based, community-led workforce and economic development initiatives in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan and on Staten Island.

While we will continue to advocate for additional local, state, and national investments to decrease the number of out-of-school and out-of-work young people in New York City, the funding increases detailed above represent some important federal policy wins for young people and their advocates.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Elevating Youth Voices in the Workforce Development Field


This November, the Opportunity Youth Network, a network of nonprofits, businesses, philanthropy, and government whose mission is to reengage young people who are disconnected from education and employment, held its 2015 Annual Convening. At the convening, workforce and education professionals from various sectors and fields shared strategies and ideas for reconnecting the 5.5 million of out of school and out of work young people across the nation. 

One of the recurrent questions throughout the summit was: how do we meaningfully engage young people in this important work? In almost every presentation, workshop, or breakout conversation, someone mentioned the missing voice of our most important constituent – young people. At one of the most inspiring presentations of the Summit, formerly out-of-school and out-of-work young people from Opportunity Youth United, a grassroots movement of opportunity youth, presented their recommendations for increasing opportunity and decreasing poverty in the United States. The presentation highlighted the organized, evidence-based, and action-oriented approach many young people across the country are taking to improve their own social and economic circumstances as well as the circumstances of their peers. However, young people are still demanding to be heard, and leaders in our field are still searching for ways to elevate their voices.

In the first quarter of 2015, 18-to 34-year-olds surpassed Baby Boomers to become the largest share of the U.S. workforce. However, last year, the Wall Street Journal reported that only 7 percent of federal government workers were 30 years old or younger, compared with 20 percent in 1975. Furthermore, a 2011 survey of nonprofit employees throughout the US reported that only 27 percent were younger than 30 years old, and a 2012 study of nonprofit leadership found that less than 1 percent of nonprofit CEOs were under age 30, and only 5 percent were between 30 and 39 years old.

While acknowledging the importance of experience in selecting effective leadership and understanding that there should be a diverse age range of advocates in the workforce field, it does seem that the public and nonprofit sectors could and should include more young decision makers. Whether it is by hiring qualified young people at leading organizations, or supporting and investing in groups like Opportunity Youth United to ensure their prosperity and longevity, meaningful engagement with young people starts by bringing them to the table as equals. As a young adult working in this field, I see the value of an intergenerational approach to developing policy and program solutions to engage young people in school and work. Our efforts to involve young people in our work must include genuine engagement and fair compensation for their time, labor, and ideas.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

CYE's Employment's Employer Engagement Survey

The NYC Center for Youth Employment is collecting survey responses to better understand how workforce and youth organizations connect and engage with employers. The survey is anonymous.

If you have not taken the survey, please take a few minutes of your time to do so. You may access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QY3Y9PF

Your feedback will help inform CYE's efforts in supporting the provider community. We hope you are able to participate.

Thank you and a very happy Thanksgiving from the JobsFirstNYC team!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 2015 JobsFirstNYC Newsletter








ANNOUNCEMENT


Expansion of Our
Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project

JobsFirstNYC is pleased to announce we are expanding our Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP). YASEP is the first initiative of its kind nationally to create effective, employer-driven programs using a sectoral approach to improve employment outcomes specifically for young adults. 

This October we will hold the first of two meetings designed for organizations to explore the potential of sectoral approaches for their work, provide opportunities for attendees to network with other practitioners seeking to develop sectoral partnerships and assist with information to those interested in applying to become a member of YASEP's next Learning Community. Keep an eye out for the Save the Date and registration information! 

To learn more about the YASEP please click here.


  NEW INITIATIVES







Staten Island Young Adult Workforce Partnership

JobsFirstNYC has begun to develop new workforce initiatives designed to provide high quality employment services for young adults and influenced by our existing successful workforce partnerships including YASEP and LESEN. The new partnerships will identify specific problems facing young people in the labor market and bring together multiple organizations to provide a coordinated set of skills training, educational and supportive services for entry-level jobs in growth areas of the economy. The partnerships will be located in communities as identified in our report  Barriers to Entry: The Increasing Challenges Faced by Young Adults in the New York City Labor Market 
which identified communities with high rates of young adults who are out of school, out of work and/or underemployed - and are designed to improve responsiveness to local labor market opportunities by strengthening the capacity of workforce institutions to work with local and regional employers.

The first of these new work initiatives has begun on Staten Island with support from The Staten Island Foundation. In the spring and summer of 2015, The Staten Island Foundation and JobsFirstNYC convened discussions with key stakeholders in the young adult workforce system to elicit input and develop a planning process for the partnership. In coordination with both the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and The Staten Island Foundation, we also convened local employers to seek their input on the development of a Staten Island Young Adult Workforce Initiative. Stay tuned for updates as we plan to launch the Staten Island Initiative in 2016 and continue work on several similar initiatives.








Partnering for Impact:
Swiss Post Solutions and JobsFirstNYC  

JobsFirstNYC is partnering with Swiss Post Solutions to develop an innovative and unprecedented employer-driven program to train and prepare low-income young adults for career ladder jobs. This program builds on the success of Swiss Post Solutions' existing Leadership Academy, the first program of its kind where a larger, international company has developed a customized training program to support and employ younger workers - specifically out-of-school, out-of-work young adults. This partnership targets both local and national markets with high rates of young adults who are out-of-school and out-of-work.

  YASEP LEARNING COMMUNITY


Overview of the 2015 Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project 
Learning Community


In September 2013, JobsFirstNYC launched the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) Learning Community to provide financial and technical support to sector-specific partnerships working together to develop sectoral employment strategies aimed at connecting out-of-school and out-of-work young adults in New York City to career pathways. In its first year, the four initial sessions of the Learning Community brought in 12 national presenters who either had expertise in sectoral employment programs, young adult-serving programs, or demand-driven strategies, who helped provide frameworks for thinking about program strategies. In addition to developing sector-based models and as programs launched, YASEP's members coming together in what they have referred to as the "safe space for learning and minimizing the inevitable competitiveness among participants in the interest of fostering a collegial network," surfaced challenges that all of the partnerships commonly faced in planning and implementing young adult sectoral employment approaches, including: partnership evolution, employer engagement, Bridge structures and curriculum development.

As the programs launched and became operational, in 2015 JobsFirstNYC has held three Learning Community meetings to address the practical matters of implementation and program improvement. We convened YASEP member together with national and local field experts, to dig deeper and explore the most effective practices for responding to these issues, and for the YASEP partnerships to share lessons learned to date - and improvements made along the way - through implementing young adult sectoral approaches.

 
Click here to download materials from the 2015 YASEP convenings.



  EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT


Job Developers' Networking Event
JobsFirstNYC recognize the important and challenging work of NYC's job developers, and provide a space for them to come together, share best practices, consider relevant trends in the field, and to take advantage of the resources made available through industry leaders, field experts, and employers. In July JobsFirstNYC and WPTI invited employers and job developers to share best practices and strategies on effective employer engagement and job development. Employers discussed the opportunities and challenges they face in building their talent pipeline. Job developers were also encouraged to share their experiences in connecting job seekers to employment. Employer Partners included: Benchmarc Restaurants, Modell's Sporting Good, Swiss Post Solutions, and Uncommon Goods.


  JOBSFIRSTNYC's TEAM IS GROWING!


Chantella Mitchell, Policy and Program Associate

We are delighted to share that Chantella Mitchell will join JobsFirstNYC as the policy and program associate in September 2015. She most recently served as philanthropy fellow and special projects consultant at the New York Community Trust, where she worked in the program areas of Jobs and Workforce Development, Children, Youth and Families, Education, and Human Justice. Chantella has professional experience serving young people and families in New York and Tennessee, where she has worked in homeless services and youth development settings. She also held a position on the Columbia Social Work Review as an executive editor. Chantella earned her masters of social work at Columbia University where she studied social enterprise administration. Please join us in welcoming her!


Available Position:
Director of Employer Partnerships & Engagement

JobsFirstNYC has begun the search for a Director of Employer Partnerships & Engagement. This is a key leadership position within the organization, responsible for identifying and engaging deeply and consistently with employers, partners, and related constituents in order to accelerate and advance JobsFirstNYC's major initiatives. To view a copy of the full job description and instructions on how to apply, please click here

We will be accepting applications through October 1, 2015.

  FIELD CONVENINGS

 
October 26-28, 2015 - Syracuse, New York

NYATEP's 2015 Fall Conference, Inspiring the Future of Workforce, will feature up to twenty 75-minute workshops October 26-28. You can register for this conference here.


 
Opportunity Youth Network 2015 Annual Convening
November 20, 2015, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Washington, DC
 
This is the third annual in-person meeting where the Opportunity Youth Network (OYN) brings together key stakeholders from national nonprofits, businesses, philanthropy, and government, along with youth leaders to discuss innovative solutions in reconnecting opportunity youth. Please note that attendance at this event is limited to 150 participants. If you plan to attend, please register right away by clicking here.


RSVP Required: JobsFirstNYC's Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project Expansion Launch Meetings

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JobsFirstNYC invites interested organizations to join us for the launch meetings of the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) expansion on October 16 and November 12
 
These meetings will explore the potential of sectoral approaches for connecting young adults to employment, provide opportunities to network with other practitioners seeking to develop sectoral partnerships, and describe the process of applying to become a member of YASEP's Learning Community, launching early 2016. 

The October 16, 2015 meeting will:
  • Provide an opportunity for networking and connection among organizations to consider how this project may be an appropriate fit among prospective partnerships.
  • Discuss the genesis of the project including a review of how sectoral approaches are successfully serving young adults, and our experience with the pilot YASEP Learning Community.
  • Review current labor market data for New York City.
The November 12, 2015 meeting will:
  • Discuss in greater detail the specifics of the project and what potential partners may expect in terms of the application process, the learning community, and the launch of the work.
  • Explore specific occupations identified as having career pathway opportunities for out-of-school, out-of-work young adults.
  • Provide an opportunity to begin to outline your approach with identified partners.
For organizations intending to engage in this project, participation by the executive director and/or senior staff----  people within your organization empowered to make organizational decisions----  is required at both meetings.

Registration is required for this event. Please click here to register.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Open position at JobsFirstNYC: Director of Employer Partnerships and Engagement


JobsFirstNYC is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications from qualified candidates for a new staff position: Director of Employer Partnerships and Engagement

The Director of Employer Partnerships and Engagement is a key, visible, leadership position within the organization. The suitable candidate will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, and engaging with employers, business leaders, and business intermediary organizations in a structural rather than transactional manner in order to accelerate and advance JobsFirstNYC’s major initiatives. The suitable candidate for this role will provide strategic, forward-looking/thinking cultivation and management of employer partnerships, constituent engagement, and program and practice management, with a dual focus on expanding employer engagement and ensuring the enhancement of business management practices over time. The overall performance standard for this position is the direct evidence of employer involvement – and the measurable impact of this involvement – in all of JobsFirstNYC’s programming and in service of its overarching institutional agenda. The optimal candidate will bring a rich array of resources and connections to the role, and will be able to readily leverage these, in addition to JobsFirstNYC’s strong connections, in order to build and strengthen a strong employer base for our work.

For more information about the position and how to apply, click here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Overview of the 2015 Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) Learning Community sessions


Sectoral strategies represent an important approach to moving young adults toward long-term self-sufficiency.

Since 2013, JobsFirstNYC has been advancing sectoral training through our Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) and the launch of the YASEP Learning Community (LC), which provides financial and technical support to seven sector-specific partnerships — each consisting of at least one CBO partner, one industry skills training entity, and one (or more) sector-specific employer/employer intermediary groups — working together to create customized pathways to employment for young adults in New York City who are not in school and not working. Details can be found in our publication Innovations in the Field: Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project. The LC has been active since its inception and has included:
  • training, consultation and specific labor market data from CUNY LMIS,
  • leadership engagement, partnership networking, and key line staff training,
  • program strategy briefings referencing relevant program models and experienced sector practitioners,
  • five all-day LC events that brought national and local experts on relevant topics to meet with the partnerships, as well as opportunities to meet together as a partnership team and across the entire LC,
  • $50,000 planning grants to offset program development costs, and
  • an opportunity to pitch their new program ideas to funders who had identified — through JobsFirstNYC advocacy of the strategy — interest in funding.

In 2015, JobsFirstNYC has held three Learning Community meetings for YASEP partnerships to share lessons from their collaborations. Below is a summary of each session:

April 28, 2015 (download meeting materials)

  • Introductions and opening remarks from Lou Miceli, Executive Director of JobsFirstNYC
  • An address from Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, former Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the US Dept. of Education. In wide-ranging remarks, she emphasized four characteristics that should be part of every program for young adults:
  1. Alignment with local labor markets in order to prepare folks for the jobs of the future.
  2. Collaboration – authentic and meaningful partnerships with employers, civic stakeholders, and second-level educational sources.
  3. Accountability for outcomes and share broader metrics — not just placement and retention — to prove that programs work. Policy makers are not always aware of the work community based organizations are doing, so programs must be proactive in sharing outcomes.
  4. Innovation and a willingness to implement promising practices that meet the evolving needs of both employers and young adults.
  • She also shared a number of pearls of wisdom:
All of your voices need to be incorporated in policy deliberations. Sometimes you need to kick open the door and just invite yourself to these meetings. But, if you do this, then you must be prepared to roll up your sleeves and volunteer and get the work done.
Regarding WIOA – They are currently developing state and city plans. You have to invite your colleagues, friends, etc. to get involved in these meetings.

Expand effectiveness and programs. This is our time. Seize the moment. Work with our champions in a cooperative manner. Our youth and adults need our help!
  • Dr. Dann-Messier was followed by a panel discussion of representatives from several of the YASEP partnerships who shared what their organizations had learned planning and implementing young adult sectoral employment programs over the course of the year, facilitated by Sheila Maguire, consultant to JobsFirstNYC.
  • After lunch, attendees broke into four topic specific working groups — Partnerships, Recruitment and Assessment, Essential skills development, and Bridge programs — to identify key achievements and remaining questions in each area. 
June 4, 2015 (download meeting materials)

  • Introductions and opening remarks from Keri Faulhaber, Project and Operations Director of JobsFirstNYC, reminding the YASEP members that they are In the Arena.
  • Presentation by Liddy Romero, Executive Director of WorkLife Partnership, a not-for-profit organization that is hired by employers to provide a wide range of counseling and assistance services to workers, including a loan program funded by several credit unions. Clients also gain access to JobZology, an innovative career matching system.
  • A panel discussion facilitated by Sheila Maguire, on the topic of Working with Employers. Representatives from several YASEP partnerships shared their experiences in finding and engaging the right employers, and reinforcing relationships over the long-term
  • After lunch, attendees reflected on the topics covered during the session and shared their own observations. 

July 23, 2015 (download meeting materials)
  • Introductions by Lou Miceli and Keri Faulhaber of JobsFirstNYC, and Laurie Dien, Senior Program Officer at The Pinkerton Foundation.
  • Vickie Choitz, Associate Director of the Economic Opportunities Program at Aspen Institute gave a formal presentation on Building Bridges to Success in Career Pathway Systems.  
  • A panel discussion with the YASEP members on Lessons Learned Developing Bridge Structures, facilitated by Sheila Maguire.
  • Presentation by Bonnie Flaherty, Manager of the College and Career Pathways Institute at LaGuardia Community College on Developing Contextualized Curriculums in Bridge Programs.  
  • Katy Gaul-Stigge, Executive Director of the NYC Office of Workforce Development shared information about Bridge Programs within New York City’s Career Pathways Model
  • Sarah Haas, Assistant Deputy Commissioner at NYC Human Resources Administration  discussed what HRA has learned both nationally and locally about Bridge Programs, their shift around workforce development from rapid attachment toward an education and career focus,  and offered some insight to what their then soon-to-be-released Concept Papers would lay out.
  • Jean-Marie Callan, Senior Advisor for the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity discussed what resources might be made available for expanding Bridge Programs in the City, curriculum development, and making courses more accessible to more people. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

JobsFirstNYC Proposal: A Network of Youth Opportunities Centers

One year ago, JobsFirstNYC issued Unleashing the Economic Power of the 35 Percent, our call to action on four strategies to move young adults into jobs. 

Today, we are issuing a concept paper on one of our key recommendations, Opportunity Centers.  A network of Opportunity Centers in the 18 communities that are home to more than half of the city’s OSOW (out-of-school, out-of-work) young adults could enable New York City to help 20,000 obtain paid employment, internships or apprenticeships within five years, re-enroll 20 percent of recent dropouts into a high school diploma granting program, and reduce recidivism for at least 1,000 young adults with criminal justice histories.

Modeled on YouthSource Centers in Los Angeles and The SOURCE in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Opportunity Centers would provide comprehensive and sustained services that can help young adults advance in jobs and build careers. Centers would continue to provide services after placement, providing a valuable resource to employers and young adults alike.

 

Much as New York City's Workforce1 Career Center system combines government money with the expertise of workforce providers to assist older job seekers, the Opportunity Centers could leverage diverse resources to offer the following services specifically targeted to OSOW youth:
  • Screening and assessment of academic proficiency and work skills
  • Placement in jobs, internships, and other work experiences, including those developed through sectoral and neighborhood employment partnerships
  • Assistance in setting and achieving educational goals
  • Career counseling and work coaching
  • Building physical and mental health
  • Computer and financial literacy
  • Referrals for housing, healthcare, child care and other services
  • Referrals to training & post-secondary education

To read more about JobsFirstNYC's Opportunity Center concept, click here.

Friday, June 12, 2015

2015-06-11, JobsFirstNYC News





PUBLICATION RELEASE

Innovations in the Field

In the second installment of our Innovations in the Field publication series, JobsFirstNYC takes a closer look at the Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN). Since its formation in 2007, this eight-partner collaboration has helped hundreds of Lower East Side residents connect to employment opportunities and has established itself as an invaluable resource for employers and developers in the community. With major planned projects set to create thousands of new jobs over the next few years, LESEN is poised to dramatically raise its profile and impact. You can download a copy of the report here


NEW INITIATIVES



Staten Island 
Young Adult Workforce 

Partnership Convening

On April 16, 2015, The Staten Island Foundation and JobsFirstNYC convened a meeting of key stakeholders in the young adult workforce system as a first step toward building the capacity for young adult workforce services on Staten Island. The overarching goal of this new initiative is to implement a local-based workforce partnership that will specifically support the workforce, training and education needs of out-of-school and out-of-work young adults. This first meeting was crafted to elicit and collect input from key stakeholders and to discuss a planning process for the partnership.

We anticipate developing similar efforts in other high-need areas of the city.


RECENT CONVENINGS

Sector Partnerships:
YASEP Learning Community Convenings

April 28 and June 4, JobsFirstNYC convened the partnerships of
the YASEP Learning Community - made up of community based organizations,
 workforce intermediaries, employers and colleges - to provide a forum and structured process for sharing lessons learned to date through planning and
 implementing young adult sectoral employment training programs. We are grateful to the Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education, Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, for joining us in April to sharing her insight and vast experience; Dr. Dann-Messier has worked her entire career to expand education and workforce opportunities for low income youth and adults. She shared her reflections around career pathways, bridge programs, and contextualization and youth.  

At our June learning session, Executive Director of WorkLife Partnership, Liddy Romero, presented an overview this nonprofit organization with a unique fee-for-service model for improving employee retention and providing onsite supports through partnerships with employers. Liddy highlighted the key components of WorkLife's approach, and discussed their process of ongoing data collection used in demonstrating the value of their services, similar efforts around
the country, as well as their plans to replicate in five U.S. cities. challenges in

implementing.

We look forward to expanding the
YASEP partnerships in coming months. Stay tuned!



JobsFirstNYC's Employer Leadership Council
This month marks a year since JobsFirstNYC inaugurated our Employer Leadership Council (ELC), bringing together eighteen business leaders and business intermediary representatives across multiple sectors. It has been a highly productive year! We are thankful to the ELC members who have answered our call for support, mentorship and ambassadorship. This collaboration enables us to leverage our employer engagement strategies through a group of high-profile business leaders who can champion and advance our broader agenda, resulting in better services to both employers and young adults. Highlights over the past year include:
  • June, 2014 - Inaugural meeting of ELC, kicked-off by Andrew H. Tisch, Co-Chairman of the Board & Chairman of the Executive Committee, Loews Corporation.
  • September 2014 - Drafted the charter.
  • November 2014 - Launched our
    first Community-Based, Demand Driven event, focusing on the transportation sector.
  • March 2015 -  , focusing on the IT sector, and, held the third ELC meeting to determine alignment amongst ELC members and the YASEP.
  • May 2015 - ELC member, Lisa Dowd, presented at our JDNE.
  • June 2015 - Several ELC members are attending the National Fund for Workforce Solutions Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.
We'd like to thank our employer partners for their continued leadership and support.


Online Job Applications

Job Developers' Networking Event




JobsFirstNYC and Workforce Professionals Training Institute recognize the important and challenging work of New York City's job developers, and provide a space for them to come together, share, and communicate ideas and resources. Job seekers - especially those applying for entry-level jobs in the hospitality and retail sectors - are increasingly being required to complete job applications online rather than in person. This creates unique challenges for job developers and other staff supporting young people seeking employment. In order to explore this issue from the employer perspective, at our May event we invited the Regional Learning Center Manager of CVS Health, Lisa Dowd, to share her perspectives on this trend.

JobsFirst NYC will issue a report later this year on this topic.


CONFERENCES

June 8 - 10, 2015, Denver, Colorado


Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries. JobsFirstNYC's Deputy Executive Director, Marjorie Parker, attended CGI America 2015 and made a Commitment of Action on behalf of JobsFirstNYC and the members of the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (PDF) to successfully connect 600 young adults to jobs.


The NFWS Annual Meeting is a signature event that brings together employers, local and national funders, labor representatives, training providers, and workforce development practitioners. This year's workshops focus on young adults, apprenticeships, healthcare, sector-focused work, job quality, employer engagement, and lessons learned. Lou Miceli, JobsFirstNYC's executive director is leading a workshop entitled, The Future of Work: Considerations for Millennials and the Employers that Seek Their Talent. (PDF)

Panelists include
  • Russ Cusick, Chief People Officer, Swiss Post Solutions
  • Alan Momeyer, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Loews Corporation (and JobsFirstNYC's Board Chair)
  • Martha Ross, Fellow, The Brookings Institution
  • Rick Smith, President of The Pinkerton Foundation. 
This workshop will explore the most compelling attributes of current and emerging talent as leaders in business strive to engage and harness the economic potential of the Millennial generation with a focus on young people who are current out of school and out of work.



CELEBRATING OUR EMPLOYER PARTNERS
Swiss Post Solutions 

Selected 
as Young Adult Employer Champion 

by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

It is our pleasure to announce that upon our nomination, Swiss Post Solutions (SPS) will be recognized as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Young Adult Employer Champion at this year's National Fund for Workforce Solutions' Annual Meeting. Paul Ortega, National Director of Training & Organizational Development at SPS, will receive this recognition on behalf of the 

company. We congratulate SPS on this recognition, and thank them for the invaluable work they are doing to train and support young people.