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.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
2012-02-29: News and Updates from JobsFirstNYC
News and Updates from JobsFirstNYC
might be the shortest month, but it has been a busy month all the same
here at JobsFirstNYC, during which we have hosted two well-received
employer engagement events.
Our Convening of Restaurant Industry Employers and Young Adult Workforce Development Leadership
has sparked a conversation on how best to create meaningful, mutually
beneficial, lasting partnerships between these groups. On the other
hand, last week's "Meet the Retail Employers" event
allowed front-line staff to engage directly with HR managers from the
retail sector. Employers from Modells, CVS, Old Navy and Gap were in
attendance for the entire event--participating not only in an employer
Q&A panel but in breakout sessions with job developers as well.
events are a critical component of JobsFirst's plan to help effectively
engage employers and improve their alignment with young adult workforce
organizations. We look forward to many continued developments in this
area in the coming months!
Convening of Restaurant Industry Professionals and Service Providers
On February 7th, JobsFirstNYC and Winning Strategies hosted an important introductory meeting
that brought together leaders from the restaurant industry and leaders
of organizations working to better connect out-of-work and out-of-school
youth to the economic life of the city.
This meeting afforded
those present an opportunity to discuss some of the challenges inherent
in successfully connecting older youth to the restaurant industry, while
moving beyond that to discuss opportunities for positive collaboration
between the industry and service providers as well as to craft next
steps that will begin to move this important work from "discussion" to
We will keep you posted as this important collaboration develops.
Attention CBOs: New York Youth Works Funding Opportunities
The New York State Department of Labor
is now accepting applications for two NY Youth Works training and
placement programs. Organizations may request up to $50,000 in support
to recruit and assist youth to become certified for the NY Youth Works
program, and to prepare certified youth for employment. Applications
are due March 30. More information about this opportunity can be found
on the Department of Labor's website.
News from the Field
New Study Highlights Power of Community Collaboratives to Effect Social Change A new study from Bridgespan found a dozen examples of community collaboratives that successfully affected significant change against a city-wide goal. The report
found that operating principles that underscored the success of these
projects including engaging stakeholders across sectors, committing to
long-term involvement, utilizing data and engaging community members.
JobsFirst is currently supporting two such programs in NYC--the Bronx Opportunity Network (BON)
and Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN). We fully believe that
these types of collaborative projects can be a catalyst for lasting
change, and our pleased that this new report supports that belief. Read the report here. Disconnected Youth included in President Obama's FY2013 Budget
Last week CLASP posted a breakdown of the President's 2013 budget,
noting where the budget includes key investments in youth, who continue
to face persistently high unemployment. They note that while the
proposals for disconnected youth are promising, they do not go far
enough. Read CLASP's full budget breakdown here.
Passing of Workforce Leader Bruce HermanJobsFirstNYC
has learned of the passing of Bruce Herman, former Deputy Commissioner
of Workforce at the NYS Department of Labor. We would like to
acknowledge this great loss to the workforce development field, and
extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.