Friday, February 19, 2016
Pinkerton, NYCT-Supported JobsFirstNYC Announces 4 Workforce Partnerships to Help Youth Gain Employment Training & Jobs
JobsFirstNYC announced as part of its local initiative - the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) - four workforce partnerships have been awarded planning grants and will join the YASEP Learning Community.
Each partnership will receive a $50,000 grant to plan programs, using a sectoral approach, to improve employment outcomes for young adults, who are out-of-school and out-of-work, and may not be ready for college at this time.
As part of the mission to help young New Yorkers connect to stable jobs and career opportunities, JobsFirstNYC launched YASEP in 2013. YASEP represents an attempt to harness the power of sectoral employment strategies - programs that focus on filling the hiring needs of employers within one industry or set of occupations on behalf of out-of-school, out-of-work 18- to 24-year-old New Yorkers.
Late 2015, JobsFirstNYC put a call out to the field to create sector-based partnerships with capacity and experience to serve young adults and with employer ties. The response was impressive. JobsFirstNYC received outstanding applications reflecting a field-wide interest in sectoral-approach learning and cross-organizational collaboration to better serve New York City's young adult population.
The four partnerships selected are:
Green City Force - Green City Force, with partners Association for Energy Affordability, Con Edison, L+M Development Partners, Inc., C+C Management, and NYCHA's Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability to focus on the sector of sustainable buildings as a subset of green jobs;
The Knowledge House - The Knowledge House partnering as the Bronx Digital Pipeline with Hostos Community College and Per Scholas to develop pathways into technology jobs for young adults in the Bronx;
Roundabout Theatre Company - Roundabout Theatre Company is partnering with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Roundabout's employment partners include: the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, BAM, The Public Theater, and Signature Theatre Company;
and Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc. - Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc. (Isaacs Center) partnering as the Guest Services Collaborative with Asphalt Green, Hilton Garden Inn, Ink48, Barnes & Noble, and the Museum of the City of New York to focus on careers in the hospitality sector.
As one of the funders that supports YASEP, Laurie Dien, Vice President of Programs at The Pinkerton Foundation said, "Engaging employers through sectoral strategies has been one of the most important developments in the youth employment field in many years. This is a win-win for everyone. It enables institutions that serve young adults to work smarter and gives employers access to more productive employees."
The Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project is made possible with the generous support of the following funders: the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Achelis Foundation, The Aronson Family Foundation, Capital One Foundation, The Clark Foundation, Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Mizuho USA Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and The Pinkerton Foundation.