Friday, June 12, 2015

2015-06-11, JobsFirstNYC News


Innovations in the Field

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


Staten Island 
Young Adult Workforce 

Partnership Convening

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.


Sector Partnerships:
YASEP Learning Community Convenings

April 28 and June 4, JobsFirstNYC convened the partnerships of
the YASEP Learning 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
This 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.
  • September 2014 - Drafted the charter.
  • November 2014 - Launched our
    first Community-Based, Demand Driven event, focusing on the transportation sector.
  • March 2015 -  , 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 resources. Job 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.


June 8 - 10, 2015, Denver, Colorado

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.

The NFWS Annual Meeting is a signature event that brings together employers, local and national funders, labor representatives, training providers, and workforce development practitioners. This year's workshops focus on young adults, apprenticeships, healthcare, sector-focused work, job quality, employer engagement, and lessons learned. Lou Miceli, JobsFirstNYC's executive director is leading a workshop entitled, The Future of Work: Considerations for Millennials and the Employers that Seek Their Talent. (PDF)

Panelists include
  • 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. 
This 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.

Swiss Post Solutions 

as Young Adult Employer Champion 

by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

It is our pleasure to announce that upon our nomination, Swiss Post Solutions (SPS) will be recognized as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Young Adult Employer Champion at this year's National Fund for Workforce Solutions' Annual Meeting. Paul Ortega, National Director of Training & Organizational Development at SPS, will receive this recognition on behalf of the 

company. We congratulate SPS on this recognition, and thank them for the invaluable work they are doing to train and support young people. 

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