Tuesday, December 20, 2016

What's Next? A Post-Election Discussion: Summary & Highlights

Last Friday, December 16, 2016, JobsFirstNYC held "What's Next: A Post-Election Discussion", a forum for national policy experts, public and nonprofit leadership, philantropy, and employers to discuss the economic challenges and opportunities the new presidential administration and congress could present for young adults.

The four goals of the event were to: mobilize local, state, and national leaders working toward the economic prosperity of young adults; educate attendees about the early policy and budget recommendations proposed by the president elect and congress, and how these proposals could affect young adults and the organizations that serve them; inform participants about what local and national organizations are doing to respond to and prepare for the next administration’s policy proposals; and prepare participants with resources, strategies, and a network of allies to best support young adults under the new administration.

The discussion featured national policy experts from all around the country who shared their expertise and knowledge around youth policy strategies under the new administration, as well as important projections and recommendations around labor, the economy, and jobs. These experts include: Kisha Bird, Director, Youth Policy at Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP); Angela Hanks, Associate Director, Workforce Development Policy at Center for American Progress. Melinda Mack, Executive Director at New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP); Andrew Moore, Director, Youth and Young Adult Connections Institute for Youth, Education, and Families at National League of Cities; and Anand Vimalassery, Senior Director of Policy at National Job Corps Association.

Important themes that emerged from the event were: coalition building and remaining steadfast with the many legislative and funding efforts advocates and field leaders are pushing to increase economic opportunities young people, including those around training opportunities such as apprenticeships; collecting and lifting up data and information on practices that are helping young adults gain education and employment; affecting meaningful political change on the local and state levels; and supporting young adult-led movements within our communities, our cities, and our country.

Check out a Storify of social media activity from the event below:

This event was the first of many upcoming JobsFirstNYC policy and advocacy initiatives related to our post-election commitment to young adults under the new administration. We will continue working closely with our local, state and national partners to elevate the voices and the needs of young people as we all work to hold ourselves and our elected officials accountable.

Resources from the event include:
Agenda and Speaker Bios
CLASP's Campaign for Youth Road Map
NLC's Reengagement: Bringing Students Back to America's Schools
NYATEP's Advocacy Academy

Upcoming opportunities to continue to discuss young adult workforce policy strategies under the new administration include the New York City Employment and Training Coalition's upcoming Policy Forum in January and National Skills Coalition's upcoming Skills Summit in February.

Friday, December 16, 2016

What's Next? A Post-Election Event Agenda

Mobilize, Educate, Inform, Prepare

December 16, 2016 | 9:00-11:30AM | The Conference Center

9:00am         Welcome and Opening Remarks                                      

Marjorie Parker
Deputy Executive Director, JobsFirstNYC
          9:20am         Young Adult Policy Strategies Under the New Administration

Kisha Bird
Director, Youth Policy, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Melinda Mack
Executive Director, NY Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP)

Andrew Moore
Director, Youth and Young Adult Connections Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, National League of Cities

Anand Vimalassery
Senior Director of Policy, National Job Corps Association

          Moderator: Marjorie Parker, Deputy Executive Director, JobsFirstNYC

10:25am       Labor, the Economy, and Jobs

Angela Hanks
Associate Director, Workforce Development Policy,
Center for American Progress        

A Conversation with Lou Miceli, Executive Director, JobsFirstNYC

11:15am       Closing Remarks and Discussion for Next Steps

Lou Miceli
Executive Director, JobsFirstNYC

Panelist Bios

Kisha Bird, Center for Law and Social Policy
Kisha Bird is director of youth policy at CLASP and project director for the Campaign for Youth (CFY), a national coalition chaired by CLASP.  Ms. Bird works to expand access to education, employment, and support services for disconnected and other vulnerable youth.  She is an expert in federal policy for vulnerable youth and helps ensure national legislation (such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) is fully implemented in communities nationwide and has maximum impact for poor and low-income youth and youth of color. Ms. Bird holds a Master of Social Service and Master of Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.  She also earned a Bachelor's Degree in sociology from Spelman College. @CLASPKisha

Angela Hanks, Center for American Progress
Angela Hanks is the Associate Director for Workforce Development Policy on the Economic Policy team at the Center for American Progress. Her work focuses on developing and promoting effective workforce development policies that raise the skills, wages, and employment opportunities of workers. Her work has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, and MarketWatch, among others.  Prior to American Progress, Angela was Senior Federal Policy Analyst at the National Skills Coalition. Angela previously worked as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and a Counsel on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Angela holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the George Washington University. @AngelaHanks

Melinda Mack, New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals
Melinda Mack is the Executive Director of the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP), a nationally recognized, leading nonprofit membership association in the field of workforce development. NYATEP convenes, educates, and develops workforce boards, business organizations, education and training providers, economic development entities, organized labor, elected officials, and government agencies to sustain and enhance education, training, and employment for all New Yorkers. In her previous role, Ms. Mack was selected to serve as the founding Director of Graduate NYC!, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates. Ms. Mack earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Buffalo, a Master of Regional Planning degree and a Master of Public Administration degree from SUNY Albany. @NYATEP

Andrew Moore, National League of Cities
Andrew O. Moore serves as Director, Youth and Young Adult Connections at the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education and Families. The YEF Institute is a foundation-funded “action tank” that helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth, and families in their communities.  Moore’s current roles include: supporting a growing national network of Dropout Reengagement Centers and spreading practical lessons learned through the new book, Reengagement: Bringing Students Back to America’s Schools; launching a new initiative to enlist city governments in the growing movement to connect children to nature; and leading an exploration of municipal leadership roles in juvenile justice system reform. He holds degrees from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. @AndrewOMoore

Anand Vimalassery, National Job Corps Association
Anand Vimalassery is a national consultant on economic mobility, focusing on opportunity youth. He also serves as the policy director for the National Job Corps Association, a role he has held for over ten years. He has previously worked for the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration as well as the Center for the Social Organization of Schools.  Mr. Vimalassery holds a Master’s in Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University. @Anand_NJCA