Monday, July 9, 2018

Adapting to the Future of Work: #GroundUp - REGISTER TODAY

Breakfast and Networking from 8:30-9:00 a.m. 

Welcome and Overview: From the Ground Up
  • Marjorie Parker, President & CEO, JobsFirstNYC

Changing Workforce Systems
  • Ananda Martin-Caughey, Affiliated Scholar, Urban Institute

Looking Back to Forge Ahead
  • Laurie Dien, Vice President - Programs, The Pinkerton Foundation
  • Betsy Dubovsky, Executive Director, The Staten Island Foundation
  • Jim Marley, Coordinator of CUNY, Bronx Opportunity Network Interface Lead, Good Shepherd Services
  • MODERATED BY Stanley Richards, Executive Vice President, The Fortune Society, JobsFirstNYC Board of Directors 

Ignite Presentations: The Power of Partnership
  • The Bronx Opportunity Network (BON) – presented by Elizabeth Hoagland, Director Bronx Youth Center, The Door 
  • The Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN) – presented by Gaspar Caro, LESEN Coordinator, and Simon Chiew, Chief Strategy Officer, Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. 
  • The Young Adult Sectoral Employment Network (YASEP) – presented by Monique De La Oz, Senior Director of Learning and Career Development, Phipps Neighborhoods, and Lowell Herschberger, Director of Career and Education Programs, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation 
  • Youth Workforce Initiative Network of Staten Island (Youth WINS)– presented by Brian Licata, Deputy Director of Workforce Development, United Activities Unlimited 

The Young Adult Workforce Opportunity Agenda
  • Marjorie Parker

Keynote Speaker: The Power of Community
  • Karim Abouelnaga, Founder & CEO, Practice Makes Perfect with introduction from Young Invincibles Impact Fellow, Djibiri Kaba

Systems Alignment and Impact: Building Sustainable Strategies
  • Angie KamathUniversity Dean City University of New York
  • Abby MarquandVice President and Program Officer, JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy
  • Kimberly Pham, Activist, National Council of Young Leaders, Opportunity Youth United
  • Robert Sainz, Assistant General Manager, Economic & Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles
  • John Thorson, Hennepin County Workforce Development Director, Minnesota  
  • MODERATED BY Alan Momeyer, Vice President Emeritus, Human Resources, The Loews Corporation; Chair, JobsFirstNYC Board of Directors 
Closing & Invitation to Celebrate
  • Alan Momeyer and Marjorie Parker

Performance, Celebration & Networking
  • Truthworker Theatre Company

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Benchmarking for YASEP Partners Selected November 2017

Benchmarking for YASEP Partners Selected

Five Partnerships of JobsFirstNYC's YASEP Network Selected to Baseline, Test, and Strengthen Employer Engagement Capacity

JobsFirstNYC has partnered with the Field Building Hub at Workforce Professionals Training Institute to work with a select group of Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project YASEP member organizations to baseline, test and strengthen their capacity to engage employers, using the Success Drivers developed through the Workforce Benchmarking Network.

A cohort of organizations engaged in JobsFirstNYC’s YASEP initiative will assess and strengthen their employer engagement practices through customized training, technical assistance, and learning community sessions designed to help organizations apply the Success Driver guidelines to their work. Workforce Benchmarking Network Success Drivers is a nationally recognized framework of four evidence-based guidelines—Adaptive Organization, Qualified Workforce, Engaged Businesses, and Funding Sustainability—developed with input from practitioners who are part of the Workforce Benchmarking Network and who represent “higher performers” among their peers. This two-year joint initiative will strengthen employer engagement standards of practice among and between young adult workforce development providers and the business community. 

About YASEP: YASEP is a first-of-its-kind effort to test whether sector strategies, previously established through research to directly benefit adult job seekers, can be specifically applied to organizations serving young adults who are out-of-school/work and the employers that may hire them. Click here for more information on the project, the participating collaborations, and related publications.

About the Workforce Benchmarking Network: The Workforce Benchmarking Network  connects community-based organizations providing workforce development services around the country—along with public and private funders and other intermediaries—to support better results for job seekers, employers, and communities.

The partnerships selected to participate in this initiative include:

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation partners with  transportation and culinary employers to offer credentialing options for young people leading to a career pathway.

Green City Forcewith partners Con Edison, C+C Apartment 
Management, and NYCHA’s REES focus on career pathways in the sustainability sector.

The Knowledge House, partnering on the Bronx Digital Pipeline with Hostos Community College and Per Scholas, developing pathways into cutting edge technology jobs by mobilizing pipeline partners who contribute to the Bronx tech ecosystem.

Roundabout Theatre Company in partnership with the IATSE union and The Door provide training and job placement for young people interested in technical theatre careers.

Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center partners with employers to train for careers in hospitality and food service. Isaacs Center also offers trainings in community health and education and child development.

The Benchmarking for YASEP Project is made possible with the generous support of the following funders: Andrus Family Fund, Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Mizuho USA Foundation, and The Pinkerton Foundation.

Friday, March 9, 2018

JobsFirstNYC and New Visions for Public Schools Host:

Building Partnerships:
Bringing Together Workforce & School Leaders


A JobsFirstNYC and New Visions for Public Schools Convening

March 6, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at UJA - Federation

On March 6, 2018, JobsFirstNYC and New Visions for Public Schools hosted Building Partnerships: Bringing Together Workforce & School Leaders, which brought together school leaders—including community-based organization program directors and school principals—and workforce development leaders to build bridges between education and workforce development. We also shared the preliminary design framework and the Request to Participate to solicit ideas from prospective partners for an initiative we are launching.

Jennie Soler-McIntosh, Vice President of Community and Family Engagement for New Visions for Public Schools, gave opening remarks that provided an overview for the day and a summary of the event that JobsFirstNYC and New Visions for Public Schools hosted on January 30, 2018, Stem the the Flow: Reimagining the School-to-Work Experience for Transfer High School Students. At the January event, a range of stakeholders from government, secondary and postsecondary education, workforce development, philanthropy, and other areas began a broader dialogue that identified challenges and opportunities to better connecting Transfer High School students to the economic life of New York City. Highlights from that event include the following:

  • Too many over-age, under-credited Transfer High School students are at risk of becoming part of the out-of-school, out-of-work population and face many of the same structural barriers.
  •  The Transfer High School design, with an embedded Learning to Work partner providing wrap-around supports, is a unique asset to these schools that can be leveraged even more.
  •  Schools are not currently well equipped to integrate postsecondary readiness or to create structural on-ramps and bridge strategies that will more easily connect students to postsecondary opportunities.

During her opening remarks at the March 6 event, Soler-McIntosh reinforced the three high-level goals of the partnership between JobsFirstNYC and New Visions for Public Schools: (1) universalize career exploration and awareness, (2) embed advanced career development into schools, and (3) create on-ramps and bridges to sector-focused postsecondary opportunities across the 12 schools within the New Visions for Public Schools network.

Following these remarks, participants engaged in a roundtable discussion in which they shared experiences about challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities in formal and informal partnerships with other organizations. Key takeaways from this conversation included the need to have clarity on roles, setting expectations up front, being open to learning and growing one’s own work, and being adaptable to changing dynamics.

Lucinda Mendez, Director of Transfer Schools for New Visions for Public Schools, then provided a detailed overview of the initiative’s preliminary framework. Mendez described the four-phase framework that students will experience during their time in school:

In Phase 1, the Career Awareness and Exploration phase, students will experience an enhanced, integrated curriculum delivered in the context of the target industry, participate in project-based activities with their peers, and engage in career awareness and exploration activities (such as workplace tours and job shadowing) that support both career development and credit recovery goals.

In Phase 2, the Advanced Career Development phase, students will continue to experience an enhanced, integrated curriculum delivered in the context of the target industry, participate in project-based activities with their peers, and engage in more in-depth career exploration and preparation activities (such as internships and work experience) that support both career development and credit recovery goals.

In Phase 3, the Sector-Focused Postsecondary Training phase, which will typically begin while the students are still in high school, students will participate in defined degree and certificate programs, engage in occupational skills training and advanced peer learning experiences, and be supported through continued case management and a peer support network.

In Phase 4, the Launch Career phase, students will continue to participate in peer networking activities and receive support to ensure their retention and advancement.

Following a full-room conversation regarding the presented framework and with the aim of creating a deeper and shared understanding of labor market opportunities for Transfer High School students, Pam Hoberman from the NYC Labor Market Information Service (LMIS) presented on labor market trends for young adults in New York City. This was critical to identifying a range of in-demand sectors with occupations that can serve as points of entry for young adults to launch careers. Although the data and presentation from LMIS will not dictate exactly which sectors or occupations the initiative will focus on, it provided an important tool to inform conversations and potential partnerships.

Lucinda Mendez then facilitated a 50-minute activity entitled “Journey Mapping: Reimagining the School-to-Work Experience for Transfer High School Students,” where participants worked in groups of three—with at least one school representative and one workforce representative in each group—to build a particular student profile and identify a career pathway that the student may choose. The groups mapped out how their student would get from where they are now to the career opportunity they chose. This included building career awareness, undertaking preparation and exploration activities, and engaging in work-based learning and internships. Groups also identified opportunities to build a contextualized curriculum that connected off-campus work experience to the teachings of their core academics. Important highlights include the following:

  • Workforce development strategies must be integrated with the core life skills and social-emotional wrap-around supports that students need to be successful.
  • Employers should be included in these conversations to help provide opportunities and to inform programs and curricula.
  • Student feedback loops should be part of any good program design to ensure that their voice is being heard.
  • Program designs must be student centered and should be approached from a strength-based perspective.
  • The knowledge and communications gaps between workforce and school are a barrier that requires intentional space to think and build together.
  • There is a need for capacity building and professional development all around

Kevin Stump, Vice President of Policy, Communications, and In-School Practice of JobsFirstNYC, then introduced the full framework for the initiative being launched by JobsFirstNYC and New Visions for Public Schools and shared and presented the Request to Participate. The Request to Participate is the vehicle we are using to identify key workforce development partners that we will invite into a learning community and provide a planning grant to.

To close the event, Marjorie Parker, President and CEO of JobsFirstNYC, asked the following groups to identify themselves: principals, Learning to Work leaders, workforce trainers, CUNY and other higher education representatives, Department of Education staff, government leaders, and staff who work with foster youth, youth with disabilities, immigrant youth, youth with criminal justice experience, and other groups. She noted, “You are all here for a reason. You should see yourself in this framework. We invite you to join JobsFirstNYC and New Visions for Public Schools to break down barriers and create clearer pathways for these students to access the economic life of New York City and lead successful lives.”

To learn more about New Visions transfer schools, click here.

To learn more about JobsFirstNYC and workforce readiness, click here.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Associate/Senior Associate with JobsFirstNYC

JobsFirstNYC is hiring. Associate-level roles are critical in bridging the relationship between the organization, policy, community-based partners, and employers. Associates/Senior Associates balance and manage key projects and will have responsibility for project oversight, planning, reporting and documentation to demonstrate and advance JobsFirstNYC’s successful execution of our values and mission. Learn more about about the opportunity and find out how to apply

Monday, February 12, 2018

JobsFirstNYC and New Visions for Public Schools host:

Stem the Flow
Breaking the Opportunity Divide

Reimagining the School-to-Work Experience for Transfer High School Students 

A JobsFirstNYC and New Visions for Public School Convening

Tuesday January 30, 2018 from 3:00-5:30 p.m. at New Visions for Public Schools

On Tuesday, January 30, JobsFirstNYC and New Visions for Public Schools co-hosted an event exploring the structural and systemic barriers that students in Transfer Schools face in accessing postsecondary opportunities leading to meaningful employment. The event, Stem the Flow: Reimagining the School-to-Work Experience for Transfer High School Students, convened over 100 stakeholders from a variety of sectors including education, philanthropy, workforce development, policy, and more.

Out of the more than 50,000 over-age, under-credited students in New York City’s public high schools, 15,000 attend one of the 59 Transfer Schools. Many of these students are at risk of becoming part of the out-of-school, out-of-work population. The Transfer School model was created over ten years ago by the NYC Department of Education (DOE) as an intervention strategy to reduce the number of students leaving high school without a diploma. The small-school design provides extra support for over-aged, under-credited students, giving them a second chance at earning a high school diploma and guarding them against becoming part of the out-of-school, out-of-work population. A critical element to the Transfer School model is embedding a community-based organization in the design of the school through the Learning to Work (LTW) program funded by the DOE. The LTW program provides a range of wrap-around support services including matching students with advocate counselors for socio-emotional support, providing paid internship opportunities, intensive case management, and more.

The conversation hosted by JobsFirstNYC and New Visions for Public Schools was the first of a series of community covenings to further bridge the gap between education and workforce in an effort to improve economic outcomes for young adults. Leveraging JobFirstNYC’s track record as an intermediary building new types of partnerships to tackle long-standing issues and New Visions’ long-time role as a laboratory of education innovation in New York City, the two institutions are collaborating to reimagine the school-to-work experience for Transfer High School students.

The event kicked off with welcoming remarks from Marjorie Parker, President and CEO of JobsFirstNYC, followed by Dr. Mark Dunetz, President of New Visions for Public Schools, both speaking to the urgency for increasing postsecondary readiness and connectedness to meet the demands of today’s labor market. “The nature of work has changed. Most employment gains for young adults in New York City over the last five years has been in part-time, low wage jobs,” shared Ms. Parker, as she opened up the evening’s dialogue. “Young adults increasingly need more skills, more experience, and the market is demanding more.” While Dr. Dunetz added, “All students should have the opportunity to be exposed to work. The question becomes, ‘How can we make this happen consistently and at scale?’”

Opening remarks were followed by two panel discussions. The first was composed of principals and LTW program directors to unpack the challenges Transfer Schools students face in graduating and accessing opportunity. This conversation shed light on the sense of community and strong socio-emotional supports in these environments, which are clearly a tremendous asset of the Transfer Schools model. “There’s a lot of work involved in being a principal. Building post-secondary relationships is a job in and of itself,” offered Dez-Ann Romain, Principal at Brooklyn Democracy Academy, a Transfer School that is part of the New Visions network. Patrick McGillicuddy, Principal at East Brooklyn Community High School and Ulises Guzman, Program Director at East Brooklyn Community High School talked about what type of capacity the LTW program provides in helping Transfer Schools address a myriad of non-academic challenges essential to their success.

The second panel, composed of workforce development leaders, shared successful interventions from the workforce development field. Michael Roberts, Executive Director of Comprehensive Development Inc., talked about the importance of having integrated bridge programs that connect the teachings in the classroom to postsecondary training linked to an industry-recognized credential. Roberts also said, “It’s important to know what LTW is not,” highlighting the need to bring in sector-oriented workforce development experts to compliment what already exists in the schools. To build on that point, Michael DeVito, Jr., Senior Director of Workforce Initiatives at the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, highlighted the importance of partnerships—emphasizing how these “should happen at the speed of trust.” Dr. Lilian Polo-Mckenna, President of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, also part of the panel discussion, pulled from her prior experience in starting and leading a Transfer School and made clear that one of the greatest challenges of this work is bringing together the education and workforce fields.

Both panel conversations highlighted that a greater emphasis on connecting students in growing sectors of the economy is critical, while discussing the value of partnerships and school-wide collaboration in realizing better outcomes for young adults.

The event concluded with a final panel discussion with Kevin Stump and Marjorie Parker of JobsFirstNYC, and Dr. Mark Dunetz, Jennie Solar-McIntosh, and Lucinda Mendez of New Visions for Public Schools, introducing a preliminary framework for the partnership. JobsFirstNYC and New Visions will facilitate an intensive partnership development process that will guide school leaders, CBO program directors, and youth workforce development organizations to design and pilot a collaborative model in the coming school year. Working with principals, LTW leaders, and sector-experts in the workforce development field, the partnership will (1) universalize career exploration and awareness, (2) embed sector-oriented career readiness, and (3) build on-ramps and bridges to sector-focused postsecondary opportunities across the 10 Transfer High Schools and two AIM Charter High Schools within the New Visions for Public Schools network.

“The lives of our young people are tremendously unpredictable,” commented Dr. Dunetz, as the event drew to a close. “The systems that support them should not be.”

To learn more about New Visions transfer schools, click here.
To learn more about JobsFirstNYC and workforce readiness, click here.