Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 2015 JobsFirstNYC Newsletter


Expansion of Our
Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project

JobsFirstNYC is pleased to announce we are expanding our Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP). YASEP is the first initiative of its kind nationally to create effective, employer-driven programs using a sectoral approach to improve employment outcomes specifically for young adults. 

This October we will hold the first of two meetings designed for organizations to explore the potential of sectoral approaches for their work, provide opportunities for attendees to network with other practitioners seeking to develop sectoral partnerships and assist with information to those interested in applying to become a member of YASEP's next Learning Community. Keep an eye out for the Save the Date and registration information! 

To learn more about the YASEP please click here.


Staten Island Young Adult Workforce Partnership

JobsFirstNYC has begun to develop new workforce initiatives designed to provide high quality employment services for young adults and influenced by our existing successful workforce partnerships including YASEP and LESEN. The new partnerships will identify specific problems facing young people in the labor market and bring together multiple organizations to provide a coordinated set of skills training, educational and supportive services for entry-level jobs in growth areas of the economy. The partnerships will be located in communities as identified in our report  Barriers to Entry: The Increasing Challenges Faced by Young Adults in the New York City Labor Market 
which identified communities with high rates of young adults who are out of school, out of work and/or underemployed - and are designed to improve responsiveness to local labor market opportunities by strengthening the capacity of workforce institutions to work with local and regional employers.

The first of these new work initiatives has begun on Staten Island with support from The Staten Island Foundation. In the spring and summer of 2015, The Staten Island Foundation and JobsFirstNYC convened discussions with key stakeholders in the young adult workforce system to elicit input and develop a planning process for the partnership. In coordination with both the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and The Staten Island Foundation, we also convened local employers to seek their input on the development of a Staten Island Young Adult Workforce Initiative. Stay tuned for updates as we plan to launch the Staten Island Initiative in 2016 and continue work on several similar initiatives.

Partnering for Impact:
Swiss Post Solutions and JobsFirstNYC  

JobsFirstNYC is partnering with Swiss Post Solutions to develop an innovative and unprecedented employer-driven program to train and prepare low-income young adults for career ladder jobs. This program builds on the success of Swiss Post Solutions' existing Leadership Academy, the first program of its kind where a larger, international company has developed a customized training program to support and employ younger workers - specifically out-of-school, out-of-work young adults. This partnership targets both local and national markets with high rates of young adults who are out-of-school and out-of-work.


Overview of the 2015 Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project 
Learning Community

In September 2013, JobsFirstNYC launched the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) Learning Community to provide financial and technical support to sector-specific partnerships working together to develop sectoral employment strategies aimed at connecting out-of-school and out-of-work young adults in New York City to career pathways. In its first year, the four initial sessions of the Learning Community brought in 12 national presenters who either had expertise in sectoral employment programs, young adult-serving programs, or demand-driven strategies, who helped provide frameworks for thinking about program strategies. In addition to developing sector-based models and as programs launched, YASEP's members coming together in what they have referred to as the "safe space for learning and minimizing the inevitable competitiveness among participants in the interest of fostering a collegial network," surfaced challenges that all of the partnerships commonly faced in planning and implementing young adult sectoral employment approaches, including: partnership evolution, employer engagement, Bridge structures and curriculum development.

As the programs launched and became operational, in 2015 JobsFirstNYC has held three Learning Community meetings to address the practical matters of implementation and program improvement. We convened YASEP member together with national and local field experts, to dig deeper and explore the most effective practices for responding to these issues, and for the YASEP partnerships to share lessons learned to date - and improvements made along the way - through implementing young adult sectoral approaches.

Click here to download materials from the 2015 YASEP convenings.


Job Developers' Networking Event
JobsFirstNYC recognize the important and challenging work of NYC's job developers, and provide a space for them to come together, share best practices, consider relevant trends in the field, and to take advantage of the resources made available through industry leaders, field experts, and employers. In July JobsFirstNYC and WPTI invited employers and job developers to share best practices and strategies on effective employer engagement and job development. Employers discussed the opportunities and challenges they face in building their talent pipeline. Job developers were also encouraged to share their experiences in connecting job seekers to employment. Employer Partners included: Benchmarc Restaurants, Modell's Sporting Good, Swiss Post Solutions, and Uncommon Goods.


Chantella Mitchell, Policy and Program Associate

We are delighted to share that Chantella Mitchell will join JobsFirstNYC as the policy and program associate in September 2015. She most recently served as philanthropy fellow and special projects consultant at the New York Community Trust, where she worked in the program areas of Jobs and Workforce Development, Children, Youth and Families, Education, and Human Justice. Chantella has professional experience serving young people and families in New York and Tennessee, where she has worked in homeless services and youth development settings. She also held a position on the Columbia Social Work Review as an executive editor. Chantella earned her masters of social work at Columbia University where she studied social enterprise administration. Please join us in welcoming her!

Available Position:
Director of Employer Partnerships & Engagement

JobsFirstNYC has begun the search for a Director of Employer Partnerships & Engagement. This is a key leadership position within the organization, responsible for identifying and engaging deeply and consistently with employers, partners, and related constituents in order to accelerate and advance JobsFirstNYC's major initiatives. To view a copy of the full job description and instructions on how to apply, please click here

We will be accepting applications through October 1, 2015.


October 26-28, 2015 - Syracuse, New York

NYATEP's 2015 Fall Conference, Inspiring the Future of Workforce, will feature up to twenty 75-minute workshops October 26-28. You can register for this conference here.

Opportunity Youth Network 2015 Annual Convening
November 20, 2015, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Washington, DC
This is the third annual in-person meeting where the Opportunity Youth Network (OYN) brings together key stakeholders from national nonprofits, businesses, philanthropy, and government, along with youth leaders to discuss innovative solutions in reconnecting opportunity youth. Please note that attendance at this event is limited to 150 participants. If you plan to attend, please register right away by clicking here.

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