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.
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.
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.
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.
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 multiple sector-specific organizational collaborations — at least one CBO partner, one industry skills training entity, and one (or more) sector-specific employer or employer intermediary group — 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 released the RFP, and in June. More detailed information about the YASEP is available below.
In 2016, the partnerships of YASEP are:
Click here to read more about YASEP partnerships.