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2013-03-21 News & Events

News & Events from JobsFirstNYC          
March 21, 2013  

Save the Date - April 9: Join the JobsFirstNYC Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project Planning Meeting

JobsFirstNYC is undertaking a new project to explore how sectoral employment approaches and practices can apply to young adult job seekers and benefit the employers this population. To our knowledge, this is the first such effort in the country.  

We have held several meetings with specific stakeholders who are interested in this work, and on April 9, from 9am-noon, we will hold a meeting to bring all the key groups together. The purpose of the meeting will be to talk about this new project, discuss how direct service workforce organizations, industry skills training providers, employer intermediaries, and employers might participate in this project and lay out the key phases of the project. As a key element of this project is to build collaborative approaches, this meeting will help interested organizations to identify potential partners. Learn more by downloading an overview of the project (PDF).

The Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project will include a planning and development period this year, and include two years of implementation. For this session, we are specifically seeking participation from executive directors and senior staff (people within organizations who are empowered to make organizational decisions) to join us.

You can RSVP for this meeting by contacting Gwen Hill at If you have general questions about the project, you can direct these to Lou Miceli at  

This initiative is supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Capital One Foundation, and the Pinkerton Foundation

JobsFirstNYC has been invited to submit a proposal to the Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund
JobsFirstNYC was pleased to learn this week that we have been chosen along with 15 other groups nationally to apply to participate in a new incentive program - called the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF) to create better employment pipelines for young people that are out-of-school and out-of-work. You can learn more about this fund here.

We are the only New York City organization to receive such an invitation. Should we apply and be selected, this project will involve a year of planning and development and a two-year demonstration period. 

The purpose of OYIF is to demonstrate the positive impact of cross-sector collaboratives on the options and life outcomes of young adults (aged 16-24) who are disconnected from the education and workforce systems and seek new pathways to credentials and careers. The invitation is specifically focusing on the Bronx Opportunity Network (PDF), an existing collaboration among seven community-based organizations in the South Bronx that are serving out-of-school/work young adults in a college access and persistence program. 

In the coming days, we will be working with BON's leadership to consider this important opportunity, which will emphasize strategies to better engage and support aging-out foster care youth in terms of education and workforce services. We will keep you posted on further developments regarding this opportunity.
Save the Date - May 2nd - JobsFirstNYC, Community Service Society, and Fiscal Policy Institute to Release New Report

JobsFirstNYC is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Barriers to Entry: The Increasing Challenges Faced by Young Adults in the New York City Labor Market. This report, authored by Lazar Treschan of the Community Service Society and James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute, takes an in-depth look at both the supply and demand dimensions of the job market faced by New York City's 18-24 out-of-school/work population. The report examines the important trends within the New York City labor market specifically as they relate to young adults' ability to find and advance in jobs. The study also considers the key characteristics of young people, including demographics, where they live, their skills, and barriers they face to connecting to employment opportunities.

On May 2, we will bring together practitioners, funders, policy makers/influencers, employers and others to discuss the findings and implications of this important research. Stay tuned for further announcements.

Still Room to Register: Job Developer Networking Event on Tuesday, March 26
Job Developers' Networking Breakfast
Tuesday, March 26, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
at Sheraton Brooklyn, 228 Duffield Street
Register here
Next week's Job Developer's Networking breakfast (co-hosted by JobsFirstNYC & WPTI) will focus exclusively on how job developers can more effectively engage with employers in order to improve their own workforce development strategy and place more job seekers in quality jobs.

JobsFirstNYC will kick off the discussion by sharing recommendations from our report Going Beyond the Bottom Line: Employer Perspectives on the Young Adult Workforce Development System in New York City (PDF).

We will follow that with breakout sessions in which attendees will have time to engage with employer representatives from Modell's, Swiss Post Solutions, Benchmarc Restaurants, and Community Health Care Association of New York State who will share their unique perspectives on hiring practices, as well as tips for improving your employer relationships.

Contact Gwen Hill at with any questions.  
Join JobsFirstNYC's Employer Engagement Work Group on April 10, from 3-5 p.m.
This first meeting of 2013 will be hosted by the Consortium for Worker Education at 275 7th Avenue, 18th Floor, Manhattan.

We will be discussing JobsFirstNYC's work underway regarding the National Work Readiness Credential and online job applications, as well as identifying through group consensus the older young adult-issues JobsFirstNYC should be addressing in 2013.

All practitioners are welcome to attend. To RSVP, please contact Evelyn Fernandez-Ketcham at

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