Saturday, September 27, 2014

Upcoming Youth Employment Conferences

The youth employment crisis, squandering the potential of millions of young Americans, has attracted greater attention in recent months. Below are several upcoming conferences that will bring together a wide range of employers, policy makers, advocates and other stakeholders to explore the various issues and -- hopefully -- develop concrete solutions that will get young adults working.

NOTE: JobsFirstNYC is NOT involved in organizing any of the conferences below.

Youth Employment Matters! High-Quality Solutions and the Role of Corporate Engagement (Washington, DC: October 3, 2014, 8:00am - 11:00am)
Urban Alliance and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation are hosting Youth Employment Matters! High-Quality Solutions and the Role of Corporate Engagement. This event will feature discussions on the importance of youth workforce development, collaborative initiatives that are working to narrow the current skills gap, and ways for the business community to further support development of America's future workforce. Speakers will include executives from Marriott International, Bank of America, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, the Urban Institute, Futures and Options, and distinguished government officials.

Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (Washington, DC, October 6-8, 2014)
Designed for funders, private sector companies, policy makers, youth leaders, implementers, educators, and researchers, this Summit attracts more than 400 attendees from 50 countries. Now in its eighth year, the annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit will help you to CONNECT to colleagues, EXCHANGE information, and achieve greater IMPACT.  150+ presenters from more than 35 countries are included in this year's Summit program.

The Close It Summit (Washington, DC, October 26-28, 2014)
The Close It Summit is a national call to action for industry, education, workforce, government, youth innovators, foundations and social impact organizations actively engaged in creating new pathways from education to employment. Building on key takeaways and attendee surveys from 2013, Close It is focusing on four key issues critical to jobs and employability in the U.S. — youth employment, skills & credentials in high demand fields, increasing access and opportunity to curriculum and training (Skill Up) and the critical importance of employability (soft) skills.

The National Opportunity Summit (Washington, DC, February 26, 2015)
The National Opportunity Summit, hosted by Opportunity Nation and co-conveners Business Roundtable (BRT), U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), and United Way Worldwide, will welcome more than 1,000 leaders from the business, nonprofit, education, and government sectors. The groups will join young adults from across the country to find solutions for persistently high unemployment rates for Americans ages 16-24.

Friday, September 12, 2014

YASEP "Innovations in the Field" Report Released

JobsFirstNYC today launched its first in a series of reports - Innovations in the Field - examining programs supported by JobsFirstNYC that serve both employers that need job-ready workers and young adults in New York City who want to access employment and training opportunities. The series begins with a look at the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP).

The YASEP initiative provides resources - both technical assistance and financial - for workforce partnerships to engage with employers in creating demand-focused programs using a sectoral approach to improve employment outcomes for young adults. Partnerships fostered and supported by YASEP will serve young adults across New York City, many of whom live in communities with the greatest concentrations of out-of-school and out-of-work young adults. It is our expectation that through creating these new ways of working with employers and job seekers we can create greater opportunities for young adults in New York City to connect to the labor market.

The seven partnerships of YASEP work together as a Learning Community to create sector-based, innovative workforce strategies. This report details YASEP's development, highlighting themes and findings that emerged in the Learning Community.

Download the report from the JobsFirstNYC website.