JobsFirstNYC Projects

In a labor market with limited job growth, inter-organizational collaboration — bringing together the resources and expertise of multiple agencies — represents the most promising strategy for moving disconnected young adults toward self-sufficiency. JobsFirstNYC acts as a catalyst in the creation and ongoing viability of innovative collaboratives, providing technical assistance, neutral facilitation, and additional funding to implement novel service strategies that boost opportunities for young adults.

Bronx Opportunity Network (BON)

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Established in 2008 with funding and technical support from JobsFirstNYC, BON expands college access for young adults who otherwise would likely not pursue post-secondary education. This partnership between community based organizations and the City University of New York (CUNY) provides young adults in the South Bronx — ranked as the nation's poorest Congressional District in 2010 — with intensive tutoring and social support to improve their academic skills, overcome personal barriers, and enroll in and complete college. One of the aims of this project is to identify potential changes in system-wide policy, such as the re-administering of the COMPASS placement exam at all CUNY schools. that will remove some of the barriers to post-secondary education for young adults citywide.

Download our BON Overview Brief for more information about the program.

Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN)


Conceived in 2007, LESEN brings together the resources of community agencies with long ties to one of the most dynamic, diverse and storied neighborhoods in America. While the Lower East Side area has experienced significant regeneration in recent years, a significant proportion of its residents (many of whom are recent immigrants or reside in public housing) continue to live in poverty. To maximize the employment opportunities presented by the influx of new businesses, LESEN members have joined forces to lower the barriers to access to quality jobs in high-demand industries for Lower East Side residents. LESEN works closely with the hospitality sector, which has a significant and growing presence in the area, to design customized training programs and streamline recruiting processes for hotels and related businesses. JobsFirstNYC provides funding to support a Network Coordinator, who acts as the key staff person bringing all partner organizations, employers and community stakeholders to the Network.

Download our LESEN Overview Brief, LESEN report (May 2015), or visit their website.

Restaurant Industry Partnership

JobsFirstNYC is currently working with a variety of stakeholders on the development of a restaurant industry partnership between employers and workforce organizations. Although in its early stages, the partnership is progressing steadily as a result of the cooperation of all involved: restaurant industry employers, service providers, young adults and partners at American Express. JobsFirstNYC’s goal is to develop a pilot that will ultimately create a pipeline for out-of-school and out-of-work young adults to access employment opportunities in the restaurant industry in a more meaningful and lasting way. The feedback and involvement that we are currently soliciting from stakeholders, through facilitated meetings, surveys and the established Task Group, will inform and determine what this potential model will look like. 

Click here for an update on the Restaurant Industry Partnership.

Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP)

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Started in 2013, the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project is a first-of-its-kind effort to test whether sector strategies, previously established through research to directly benefit adult job seekers, can be specifically applied to organizations serving young adults who are out-of-school/work and the employers that may hire them.

This three-year pilot and implementation project will involve the development of five sector-specific organizational collaborations — at least one CBO partner, one industry skills training entity, and one (or more) sector-specific employer/employer intermediary groups — working together to create customized pathways to employment for young adults. The first year involves planning, development, and the provision of intensive technical assistance for the proposed partnerships. The last two years will focus on implementation of program services. Collectively, we hope to serve 500 young people among the five established partnerships. This project will feature a learning community in which practitioners, employers, funders, and others will be brought together to build organizational capacity to do this work.

JobsFirstNYC conceived of this project, and raised resources among local and national funders for its planning and development. Each approved partnership received a planning grant, provided through JobsFirstNYC. JobsFirstNYC has been working closely with local and national funders to broker the resources for implementation grants in 2014.

The project formally began with a launch meeting on April 23, 2013, followed by events in May, where we relesed the RFP, and in June. More detailed information about the YASEP is included in the ZIP folders of materials from the April 23rd launch event, available below.

In 2016, the partnerships of YASEP are:

  1. Comprehensive Development Inc. (CDI), and New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH), partnering with Community Health Care Association of New York State and Primary Care Development Corporation, to create entry paths for young adults competing against displaced healthcare workers who have been retrained.
  2. Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, partnering with Complete Management Solutions, CitiStorage, LLC, Total Transportation Corp., and St. Nicks Alliance, to develop career lattices in the transportation, warehousing, and logistics sector.
  3. 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 to create a pipeline of jobs allowing for young adults to secure placement in entry-level positions, have support in retaining jobs, and earn opportunities for career advancement. This partnership will focus on preparing young adults from NYCHA to succeed in careers related to the clean energy economy.
  4. The Knowledge House partnering as the Bronx Digital Pipeline with Hostos Community College and Per Scholas to develop pathways into technology jobs for out-of-school and out-of-work young adults in the Bronx by leveraging technology tools and a collective impact approach to connect to existing training programs and the city-wide job opportunities available in the technology industry.
  5. Queens Community House, partnering with Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House, Sunnyside Community Services, and Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation to work together with employers in the food industry.
  6. Per Scholas, partnering with FEGS, BronxWorks, Comprehensive Development Inc. (CDI), Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC), and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to focus on the Information Technology sector.
  7. Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) partnering with Cooperative Home Care Associates, Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, NYACH and Youth Development Institute, to find better ways to serve the increasing number of young people seeking training and employment in the home healthcare industry.
  8. Phipps Neighborhoods, partnering with Montefiore Medical Center and Hostos Community College, to develop healthcare career pathways for young adults who have academic skill gaps and little work experience.
  9. 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. Their goal is to develop a pathway for under-resourced and under-represented young adults to gain access to technical theatre careers.
  10. 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 and develop career ladders for out-of-school, out-of-work young adults who are participants in the Isaacs Center's workforce development program and help them gain access to ongoing training and post-secondary opportunities.


Download the report detailing YASEP’s development, themes and findings from the Learning Community.

Click here to read more about YASEP partnerships.

Download the presentation from the April 23 launch meeting (ZIP folder).

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