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JobsFirstNYC Annual Report 2017-2018
Read the 2017-2017 JobsFirstNYC Annual Report here.

Policy Memos: Developing a Single System Strategy for New York City’s Out of School, Out of Work Young Adults
In 2017, JobsFirstNYC worked with the New York City Council to pass resolution 708-A, establishing a task force on disconnected youth, charged with developing a plan to reduce the number of out of school, out of work (OSOW) young adults in New York City. This February, the task force convened for the first time. As a member of the task force, JobsFirstNYC is releasing a series of Policy Memos, outlining the steps to building a single-system strategy, which will provide a full continuum of services for OSOW young adults.

Leveraging Opportunity, Meeting Demand: A Blueprint for Building New York State’s Workforce Development System
This brief serves as a blueprint for policymakers, the New York State Office of Workforce Development, and those tasked with overseeing the new workforce development CFA. Based on interviews, extensive research of state plans and documents, and analyses of related research reports, this brief presents a 9 point plan for building an integrated and coordinated workforce development system that responds to the needs of an evolving economy.

Barriers to Entry: Fewer Out-of-School and Out-of-Work Young Adults, As Warning Signs Emerge (March 2018)
Since the end of the last economic recession, New York City’s out-of-school, out-of-work young adult population has decreased from 187,588, and 22 percent of all 18-to 24-year-olds, to 136,483, and 17 percent of the age group. Interestingly, the decline among out-of-school, out-of-work 18- to-24 year-old New Yorkers has occurred while the national rate of out-of-school, out-of-work young adults in the same age group has risen. This report is an update from the Barriers to Entry report published by JobsFirstNYC in 2013.

Online but Disconnected: Young Adults' Experiences With Online Job Applications
Although pre-employment personality tests are likely to be unreliable, invalid, illegal and ineffective, employers nonetheless use them to screen millions of job applicants each year. These tests have become a major obstacle to employment for young adults. Four years ago JobsFirstNYC began an in-depth investigation into the impact of pre-employment personality assessments on young adult jobseekers. This report documents our findings.

Declines in New York City's Out-of-School, Out-of-Work Young Adult Population...But Numbers Remain High (March 2017)
A JobsFirstNYC study shows marked declines in the number and share of young adults in New York City who are out of school and out of work. This population grew dramatically during the Recession and has only recently returned to levels not seen since the last decade.

Findings and Recommendations for 16- to 25-Year-Olds in the South Bronx: A JobsFirstNYC Working Paper (February 2017)
A JobsFirstNYC working paper documenting young adult demographic information and business conditions in the South Bronx and presenting recommendations to better align education, training, and career opportunities.

Innovations in the Field: Bronx Opportunity Network (November 2016)
The third installment of our Innovations in the Field series details the development, implementation, and evolution of the Bronx Opportunity Network, a college access partnership for young adults emerging from alternative high school pathways.

Developing a Young Adult Workforce Partnership on Staten Island: A JobsFirstNYC Working Paper (October 2016)
A JobsFirstNYC working paper detailing the development and early implementation of the Staten Island Young Adult Workforce Partnership – Youth WINS.

Optimizing Talent: The Promise and the Perils of Adapting Sectoral Strategies for Young Workers (2016)
Lessons from JobsFirstNYC & The Aspen Institute on how sectoral employment programs help low-income young adults succeed in the workforce.

Innovations in the Field: Lower East Side Employment Network (May 2015)
Read about the progress of the Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN), a collaboration of social service organizations in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Chinatown, sponsored by JobsFirstNYC.

Innovations in the Field: Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (September 2014)
The Innovations in the Field series examines programs supported by JobsFirstNYC that serve both employers seeking job-ready workers and young adults in New York City looking to access employment and training opportunities.

Unleashing the Economic Power of the 35 Percent (July 2014)
This document is a call to action to build an employer-centered and community-based system that gives every young adult in New York City an opportunity to get a career-track, living-wage job and meets the needs of the businesses that hire young adults.

The National Work Readiness Credential: Who Pays the Price? (April 2014)
New York State compels jobless young adults to compete for a worthless credential, rather than provide them with tools they need to qualify for decent-paying jobs. JobsFirstNYC has responded to complaints from workforce organizations about the cost and lack of benefit of the National Work Readiness Credential (NWRC), a key component of New York's employment and training programs for young adults. Our report finds that the NWRC is a futile and costly misadventure and recommends that the State should stop requiring its use and commit resources to programs that actually work in getting jobs for young adults in New York City.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - The National Work Readiness Credential - Who Pays the Price (JobsFirstNYC, April 2014)

Barriers to Entry: The Increasing Challenges Faced by Young Adults in the New York City Labor Market (May 2013)
This report analyzes important trends within the New York City labor market pertaining to young adults' ability to find and advance in jobs. The report considers supply and demand for youth labor; key characteristics of those out-of-school and out-of-work, including demographics, where they live, skill levels, and barriers they face; and compares how young adults of have fared in the labor market over time using data from 2001 and 2011.

Going Beyond the Bottom Line: Employer Perspectives on the Young Adult Workforce Development System in New York City (June 2012)
This JobsFirstNYC publication, researched and authored by Public Works Consulting, fills a gap in understanding what businesses need from their young workers and their workforce service providers.

Understanding Interim Progress Milestones in Young Adult-Serving Workforce Development Programs (June 2012)
This report, part of the NYC Benchmarking Project and partially funded by JobsFirstNYC, examines eight workforce organizations in NYC to establish meaningful short-term measures that can indicate whether young adults are on track to accomplish employment or educational outcomes.

Now Hiring (2012)
This Center for an Urban Future publication, commissioned and fully funded by JobsFirstNYC, spotlights 26 growing occupations in seven economic sectors—office/administrative, healthcare, property maintenance, transportation, telecommunications/utilities, retail and hospitality—open to young New Yorkers with limited education.

Disconnected Young People in New York City: Crisis and Opportunity (2008)
This P/PV brief presents the overall population of disconnected young people and key subpopulations, identifying known statistics, and providing best information towards borough numbers. It also gives data on compelling strategies and offers concepts for further research.

How Community-Based Organizations Can Learn about the Needs and Strengths of Disconnected Young People (2008)

Other Materials

Impact Fellows
JobsFirstNYC and Young Invincibles created the Impact Fellowship program to train young adults helping them to connect their lived experiences to the systems-level challenges that create the barriers they face everyday. Over the course of 12-weeks, Impact Fellows also write short policy briefs as well as put out a Memo to the Field about how to improve workforce development programs.

JobsFirstNYC’s 2017 Working Policy Strategy (February 2017)
A collection of proposed policy strategies from JobsFirstNYC to improve the conditions of out-of-school, out-of-work young adults in New York City.

JobsFirstNYC Annual Report
This Annual Report provides a high-level look at our progress over the last year, including how we are doing against our strategic goal.

JobFirstNYC's Proposal for a Network of Youth Opportunity Centers
A concept paper for a network of Opportunity Centers that would provide a range of services to New York City's out-of-school, out-of-work young residents.

Our Results Framework: Evaluating Our Efforts Based on What We Achieve (March 2014)
What does success mean for JobsFirstNYC as an organization? This document explains JobsFirstNYC's results framework and details how we verify the results and outcomes we achieve. It is intended to help better understand JobsFirstNYC’s impact.

JobsFirstNYC Foundational Documents
A collection of seminal reports that influenced the formation and evolution of JobsFirstNYC.

JobsFirstNYC Strategic Plan, 2012-2017
JobsFirstNYC's strategic goals and approaches to reducing the number of out-of-school and out-of-work young adults by 5% by 2017.

JobsFirstNYC Logic Model, 2012-2017
This logic model aligns JobsFirstNYC's strategic goals with its work.

JobsFirstNYC Bronx Opportunity Network Overview (April 2016)
JobsFirstNYC's Bronx Opportunity Network (BON) is a collaborative effort between CBOs and CUNY to increase college access for disconnected young adults in the South Bronx.

JobsFirstNYC Lower East Side Employment Network Overview
The Lower East Side Employment Network, funded by JobsFirstNYC, is a neighborhood-based group of eight agencies that work together in partnership with Community Board 3 to improve connections between job seekers and employers in Manhattan's LES.

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