In the second installment of our Innovations in the Field publication series, JobsFirstNYC takes a closer look at the Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN).
Since its formation in 2007, this eight-partner collaboration has
helped hundreds of Lower East Side residents connect to employment
opportunities and has established itself as an invaluable resource for
employers and developers in the community. With major planned projects
set to create thousands of new jobs over the next few years, LESEN is
poised to dramatically raise its profile and impact. You can download a
copy of the report here.
Young Adult Workforce
On April 16, 2015, The Staten Island Foundation
and JobsFirstNYC convened a meeting of key stakeholders in the young
adult workforce system as a first step toward building the capacity for
young adult workforce services on Staten Island. The overarching goal of
this new initiative is to implement
a local-based workforce partnership that will specifically support the
workforce, training and education needs of out-of-school and out-of-work
young adults. This first
meeting was crafted to elicit and collect input from key stakeholders
and to discuss a planning process for the partnership.
We anticipate developing similar efforts in other high-need areas of the city.
YASEP Learning Community Convenings
April 28 and June 4, JobsFirstNYC convened the partnerships of
the YASEPLearning Community - made up of community based organizations,
workforce intermediaries, employers and colleges - to provide a forum and structured process for sharing lessons learned to date through planning and
implementing young adult sectoral employment training programs. We are grateful to the Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education, Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, for joining us in April to sharing her insight and vast experience; Dr. Dann-Messier has worked
her entire career to expand education and workforce opportunities for
low income youth and adults. She shared her reflections around career pathways, bridge programs, and contextualization and youth.
At our June learning session, Executive Director of WorkLife Partnership, Liddy Romero, presented an overview this nonprofit organization with a unique fee-for-service model for improving employee retention and providing onsite supports through partnerships with employers. Liddy highlighted the key
components of WorkLife's approach, and discussed their process of
ongoing data collection used in demonstrating the value of their
services, similar efforts around
the country, as well as their plans to replicate in five U.S. cities. challenges in
We look forward to expanding the
YASEP partnerships in coming months. Stay tuned!
JobsFirstNYC's Employer Leadership Council
month marks a year since JobsFirstNYC inaugurated our Employer
Leadership Council (ELC), bringing together eighteen business leaders
and business intermediary representatives across multiple sectors. It
has been a highly productive year! We are thankful to the ELC members
who have answered our call for support, mentorship and ambassadorship.
This collaboration enables us to leverage our employer engagement
strategies through a group of high-profile business leaders who can
champion and advance our broader agenda, resulting in better services to
both employers and young adults. Highlights over the past year include:
June, 2014 - Inaugural meeting of ELC, kicked-off by Andrew H. Tisch, Co-Chairman of the Board & Chairman of the Executive Committee, Loews Corporation.
, focusing on the IT sector, and, held the third ELC meeting to determine alignment amongst ELC members and the YASEP.
May 2015 - ELC member, Lisa Dowd, presented at our JDNE.
June 2015 - Several ELC members are attending the National Fund for Workforce Solutions Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.
We'd like to thank our employer partners for their continued leadership and support.
Online Job Applications
Job Developers' Networking Event
JobsFirstNYC and Workforce Professionals Training Institute recognize the important
and challenging work of New York City's job developers, and provide a
space for them to come together, share, and communicate ideas and
seekers - especially those applying for entry-level jobs in the
hospitality and retail sectors - are increasingly being required to
complete job applications online rather than in person. This creates
unique challenges for job developers and other staff supporting young
people seeking employment. In order to explore this issue from the
employer perspective, at our May event we invited the Regional Learning Center Manager of CVS Health, Lisa Dowd, to share her perspectives on this trend.
JobsFirst NYC will issue a report later this year on this topic.
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative
solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. To date, members of
the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action which
have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180
countries. JobsFirstNYC's Deputy Executive Director, Marjorie Parker,
attended CGI America 2015 and made a Commitment of Action on behalf of JobsFirstNYC and the members of the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (PDF) to successfully connect 600 young adults to jobs.
Russ Cusick, Chief People Officer, Swiss Post Solutions
Alan Momeyer, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Loews Corporation (and JobsFirstNYC's Board Chair)
Martha Ross, Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Rick Smith, President of The Pinkerton Foundation.
workshop will explore the most compelling attributes of current and
emerging talent as leaders in business strive to engage and harness the
economic potential of the Millennial generation with a focus on young
people who are current out of school and out of work.