Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Response to Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force Announcement

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Response to Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force Announcement 

On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio and Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen announced the Jobs for New Yorkers task force in order to develop strategies to help New Yorkers qualify for good jobs in high-demand fields and to connect jobseekers to employers across the five boroughs.  

As this accomplished group of leaders gets to work, JobsFirstNYC reminds them to consider that two groups especially need attention: the 172,000 young adult New Yorkers neither in school nor working, and the additional 133,000 young adults employed in low-wage jobs with few advancement opportunities. Together, they comprise 35 percent of New Yorkers between the ages of 18 and 24. Almost all of them have left school-whether or not they graduated-without the skills, credentials or support networks for career success.

To help young New Yorkers fulfill their potential and contribute to our city's economic growth, JobsFirstNYC builds employer-led initiatives in order to connect them to living wage jobs. If the City complements and amplifies these efforts, thousands of young people-notably those within that 35 percent-will benefit. 

JobsFirstNYC urges the Task Force to consider four concrete actions:

  1. Create demand-driven, sector-specific efforts-wherein employers are true partners in the process-that connect young adults to real-time work opportunities.
  2. Develop bridge programs and apprenticeships leading directly to high-demand occupations.
  3. Create neighborhood youth employment centers in communities where young people need them most. Such centers need to offer career and other wrap-around services as well as job placement and post-hire services.
  4. Offer incentives and supports for young people to pursue both employment opportunities and educational goals to accelerate and sustain their connection to the labor market.

JobsFirstNYC is a nonprofit intermediary organization that works to leverage all available community, corporate, human, organizational, private, and public resources to bring out-of-school and out-of-work young adults into the economic life of New York City.

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