Thursday, February 28, 2013

2013-02-26 News & Events from JobsFirstNYC

News & Events from JobsFirstNYC          
February 26, 2013  

Registration is now open for the next Job Developers' Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, March 26th

Mark your calendars and register to join JobsFirstNYC & WPTI for the next Job Developers' Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, March 26th from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The event will take place at the Sheraton Brooklyn, 228 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

JobsFirstNYC and Workforce Professionals Training Institute are co-hosting a networking breakfast specifically for people working in a direct service capacity and whose primary job is to work with employers and job seekers. The agenda and guest speaker for this event will be announced in our next e-serv.

JFNYC & WPTI are pleased to offer this opportunity to the field at no-cost, but we do require all attendees to register in advance of the event. Please click here to register.

If you have registration questions, please contact Saki Mori at WPTI at 646-278-5685 or at

JobsFirstNYC will lead two workshops at next week's NYATEP Youth Academy

JobsFirstNYC is busy gearing up for next week's NYATEP Youth Academy, "The Future is Now: Excellence in Youth Programming", which will be held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY from March 5th - 7th.

Those in attendance will learn about best practices and new trends in the field, get policy updates from the state and national level, and get to hear from some very inspiring industry experts.

JobsFirstNYC is also excited to be leading the following workshops at the conference (more details regarding the content of JFNYC's sessions can be found on our blog):

March 6, 2013, 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.   
Going Beyond the Bottom Line:  Employer Perspectives on Hiring Young People and Supporting them on the Job
Lou Miceli, JobsFirstNYC; Celeste Frye, Public Works Partners; Albany-area employers

March 7, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  
In it Together Real Partnering to Improve Employment in the Lower East Side.
Gaspar Caro, Lower East Side Employment Network; Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham, JobsFirstNYC 

The Youth Academy represents a great opportunity for NYC-based practitioners to connect and network with peers from across the state, and for the first time, from throughout the Northeast region of the country.   

For more information, including a complete list of 2013 workshop topics (pdf format), visit the NYATEP website. We hope to see you there!

GED® 2013 Campaign to Finish featured on several Spanish Language TV and Radio Broadcasts

JobsFirstNYC's own Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham has been featured on several Spanish Language broadcasts this month. She has been busy engaging NYC's Latino community in discussions emphasizing the recent launch and importance of the GED® 2013 Campaign to Finish. The Campaign to Finish was launched this month by the Fund for Public Advocacy and a coalition of CBO partners. 

Here's a snapshot of her TV and radio appearances this month:

  • Radio WADO 1280 AM Buen Dia New York with Ricardo Espinosa and Ino Gomez, February 6th (live)
  • Radio WADO 1280 AM El Palo de la Tarde with Coco Cabrera, February 14th (live)
  • HITN-TV National Latino public television network in the US - broadcast of Dialogo de Costa a Costa with Malin Falu and Gerson Borrero, February 20th (live)
  • Univision Channel 41 Al Despertar with Enrique Teutelo, Aired February 25th
  • UniMas of Univision- American Spanish-language broadcast TV network En Tu Comunidad with Enrique Teutelo, will air Sunday, March 24th at 7:30am

JFNYC will provide links to audio/video for these broadcasts where possible as they become available. Stay tuned! In the meantime, click here to download and listen to the official PSA (mp3 format) for the GED® Campaign to Finish.  

As a reminder, if you are currently working with a 17-24 year old New York City resident who has taken the GED® test before and is close to passing, act now to get them back on track to earn their high school equivalency diploma in 2013. Visit the GED® Compass site for all the information and resources needed to help someone re-connect and finish their GED® this year. Get started today!

Campaign for Tomorrow's Workforce ACTION ALERT:  Contact State Legislators NOW to Protect Access to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma!
Shared on behalf of the Campaign for Tomorrow's Workforce:

ISSUE: Access to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma is at serious risk under current state budget proposals.  In response to changes to the GED® exam at the national level, The NYS Education Department (NYSED) is in the process of selecting a new state-subsidized High School Equivalency (HSE) Test.  Without additional state investment, 25,000 FEWER New Yorkers will have the opportunity to earn a HSE diploma each year, and/or new fees may be charged to test-takers.  This represents a serious risk to educational opportunity in New York.   

TAKE ACTION: Contact your New York State Assembly Members and Senators and urge them to protect free access to High School Equivalency testing and to invest in HSE testing and preparation.   

For more information, including talking points, background information on the issue, and contact information for your NYS Assembly Members and Senators, visit the Campaign for Tomorrow's Workforce's website.  

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