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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) expands with 4 new partnerships
Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project Expands
Four Workforce Partnerships Chosen to Help Out-of-School
Out-of-Work Young Adults Gain Training and Entry
into Different Sectors
of Employment in New York City
JobsFirstNYC is proud to announce that as part of our local initiative - the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) - four
workforce partnerships have been awarded planning grants and will join
the YASEP Learning Community. Each partnership will receive a $50,000
grant to plan programs, using a sectoral approach, to improve employment
outcomes for young adults, who are out-of-school and out-of-work, and
may not be ready for college at this time.
As part of our mission to help young New Yorkers connect to
stable jobs and career opportunities, JobsFirstNYC launched YASEP in
2013. YASEP represents an attempt to harness the power of sectoral
employment strategies - programs that focus on filling the hiring needs of employers within one industry or set of occupations on behalf of out-of-school, out-of-work 18- to 24-year-old New Yorkers.
Late 2015, JobsFirstNYC put a call
out to the field to create sector-based partnerships with capacity and
experience to serve young adults and with employer ties. The
response was impressive. JobsFirstNYC received outstanding applications
reflecting a field-wide interest in sectoral-approach learning and
cross-organizational collaboration to better serve New York City's young
The four partnerships selected are:
Green City Force, with partners Association for Energy Affordability, Con Edison, L+M Development Partners, Inc., C+C Management,
and NYCHA's Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability
to focus on the sector of sustainable buildings as a subset of green
Goal: To target interrelated areas within the
sustainable buildings sector including: energy efficiency; utilities;
sustainable housing maintenance, operations and management; and green
construction, to create a pipeline of jobs allowing for young adults to
secure placement in entry-level positions, have support in retaining
jobs, and earn opportunities for career advancement. This partnership
will focus on preparing young adults from NYCHA to succeed in careers
related to the clean energy economy.
Goal: To leverage technology tools and a
collective impact approach to connect out-of-school and out-of-work
young adults in the Bronx to existing training programs and the
city-wide job opportunities available in the technology industry.
Roundabout Theatre Company is partnering with the International Alliance of
Theatrical Stage Employees. Roundabout's employment partners include:
the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, BAM, The Public Theater, and
Signature Theatre Company.
To develop a pathway for under-resourced and under-represented young adults to gain access to technical theatre careers.
Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center (Isaacs Center)
partnering as the Guest Services Collaborative with Asphalt Green,
Hilton Garden Inn, Ink48, Barnes & Noble, and the Museum of the City
of New York to focus on careers in the hospitality sector.
To develop career ladders in the hospitality sector for
out-of-school, out-of-work young adults who are participants in the
Isaacs Center's workforce development program and help them gain access
to ongoing training and post-secondary opportunities.
Speaking about the YASEP initiative from the employers' perspective Greg Hambric, Regional Recruiter, Modell's Sporting Goods,
and JobsFirstNYC board member stated, "Representing a leading employer
of younger workers in the retail sector in New York City and beyond, I
can share from direct experience that sector strategies, effectively
developed and implemented, have had a direct and positive impact on how
our business engages with the workforce development field, and as
workforce organizations learn to be more responsive to our changing
needs, young people's chances of becoming economically secure will
continue to improve."
As one of the funders that supports YASEP, Laurie Dien, Vice President of Programs at The Pinkerton Foundation said,
"Engaging employers through sectoral strategies has been one of the
most important developments in the youth employment field in many years.
This is a win-win for everyone. It enables institutions that serve
young adults to work smarter and gives employers access to more
Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project is made possible with the
generous support of the following funders: the Annie E. Casey
Foundation, The Achelis Foundation, The Aronson Family Foundation,
Capital One Foundation, The Clark Foundation, Ira W. DeCamp Foundation,
JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Mizuho USA Foundation, The New York Community
Trust, and The Pinkerton Foundation.