June 17, 2020                                                                                                                 Read past issues here
  • NYC Council: June Hearings Schedule, Letters & Sign Ons
  • City to Expand College Bridge Program to Reach Every Graduating NYCDOE Student This Summer
  • Funding Opportunity: New York Forward Loan Fund 
  • Voices from the Frontline Releases Brief 4: Labor and Employment Policies in New York City
  • News, Events & Professional Development
  • Program Recruitment
  • Job Opportunities
NYC Council: June Hearings Schedule, Letters & Sign Ons

The New York City Council has announced its calendar of upcoming remote hearings that the public can testify on via Zoom or over the phone. The remaining hearings this month focus on the FY21 budget or oversight.

Below are highlighted City Council hearings taking place that are relevant to the workforce community. If you would like to sign up to testify via phone or Zoom, you must submit your name at least 24 hours in advance. Written testimony may be submitted through the same link up to 72 hours after a hearing has been adjourned.

  • Committee on Government Operations (Oversight - 2020 Census) -  June 22  /  11 am  /  Details
  • Committees on Contracts and Youth Services & Aging (Oversight - Youth and Senior Services Nonprofit Contracting during a Pandemic) - June 23  /  12 pm  / Details
  • Committee on Economic Development (Oversight - NYCEDC's Relief Efforts During the COVID-19 Crisis) - June 24  /  12 pm  /  Details
Members of the NYC Council have released a number of letters expressing their stance on the budget, COVID-19 and the ongoing civil unrest. Below you can find a number of them.
Sign On Letters relevant to FY21 Budget:
City to Expand College Bridge Program to Reach Every Graduating NYCDOE Student This Summer

This week, Mayor de Blasio announced the expansion of the College Bridge Program, a collaboration between CUNY and the NYC Department of Education to provide support to graduating NYC DOE high school seniors as they transition to college and career pathways at CUNY and beyond. The program, launched in 2016, will expand this year to reach every 2020 graduating senior, estimated to be approximately 57,000 students (up from 15,000 students served through the program in prior years). 

Using a near-peer approach, College Bridge pays college students from CUNY to serve as coaches to graduating seniors. The program will help with preparing for all postsecondary options for young New Yorkers in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies show that as many as 40 percent of students accepted to and planning to attend college can experience “summer melt” and ultimately not matriculate at a college in the fall. This is in part due to the complicated application and enrollment tasks they must tackle over the summer. College Bridge aims to facilitate the transition and get rising college freshmen set up for a successful fall. To learn more about becoming a College Bridge coach click here.

Funding Opportunity: New York Forward Loan Fund 

New York Forward Loan Fund, an economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords in New York, is still accepting applications. The loan fund will target small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of income or rental income. If approved, these loans will need to be paid back over a 5-year term with interest. This loan is available to those who did not receive a loan for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from the Small Business Administration.

Voices from the Frontline Releases Brief 4: Labor and Employment Policies in New York City

The Workforce Field Building Hub at WPTI has release its fifth brief in connection with the Voices from the Frontline initiative, “Labor and Employment Policies in New York City.” This brief examines recent legal developments on the federal, state, and local level that impact workers in all sectors - including minimum wage; local laws impacting sick leave, family leave, and other paid time off; and the federal CARES Act. They are not only relevant for workforce professionals as they work to connect clients with quality employment and career pathways, but also for those workforce professionals themselves as they navigate the workplace and consider their own careers.

Plan for People of Color: How Our Planning Priorities Got Us to COVID-19 Disparate Impacts

Amid Crisis, Mayors Can Build a Workforce for the Second Machine Age
Jonathan Bowles and Winston C. Fisher via Route Fifty

Opinion: NYC’s Nonprofits Need Help from Congress, the Fed
Joanne Oplustil (CAMBA) via City Limits

'I Have the Skills, I Have the Training.' How Refugee Doctors Are Helping the U.S. Fight COVID-19 Even Without a Medical License

COVID-19 and the Charitable Sector and BBB Wise Giving Alliance

Workers Deserve to Be Owners, Too
The Soapbox

(Virtual) Events

WPTI & Grow with Google: Power Your Job Search with Remote Tools
Wednesday, June 17  /  1 - 2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Queens Chamber of Commerce: Non-Traditional Financing Solutions
Wednesday, June 17  /  3 - 4 pm  /  Info & RSVP

The Door and Broome Street Academy Town Hall
Wednesday, June 17  /  5 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Fiscal Policy Institute: NY's Road to Recovery
Wednesday, June 17  /  7 - 8 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce: Nonprofit Survival Guide - Reimagining Your Core Mission as you Navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic (Part I)
Thursday, June 18  /  2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

ANHD & UMA Policy Toolkit Release & Discussion: Creating & Preserving Urban Industrial Space
Thursday, June 18  /  3:30 pm  /  
Info & RSVP

Queens Chamber of Commerce & New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli: Economic Landscape during and after COVID
Monday, June 22  /  11 - 11:30 am  /  Info & RSVP

Social Builder - Women and the Future of Work: Women and Cyber Security
Tuesday, June 23  /  6 - 7 pm  /  Info & RSVP

CUF: Helping Brooklyn's Immigrant- and Minority-Owned Businesses Rebound from the Pandemic
Wednesday, June 24  /  10 - 11:45 am  /  Info & RSVP

Urbane Development & the NYC Mayor’s Office of MWBE - Collaboration for an Inclusive Recovery: Advancing Equity for Businesses and their Workers
Wednesday, June 24  /  1 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Designing for Scarcity: Behavioral Science Principles for Practitioners
Wednesday, June 24  /  10 am - 12 pm  /  Info & RSVP

WPTI & Grow with Google: Create a Resume with Google Docs
Wednesday, June 24  /  1 - 2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce: Nonprofit Survival Guide - COVID-19 Impact: Assessing Your Nonprofit’s Financial Health (Part II)
Thursday, June 25  /  2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Hospitality Under COVID: Ready, Set, Open!
Thursday, June 25  /  7 - 8:30 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Ongoing Support Meetings

Human Services Council 
1. COVID-19 Update Calls for Providers
Every Monday and Thursday at 8 AM
Dial in: 425-436-6324 / Pin: 515229#
Submit your questions ahead of time to

2. Executive Director Roundtables
Mondays 4:30 - 5:30 pm /  Info and RSVP

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce - Weekly Small Business Updates
Every Tuesday  /  2 - 3:30 pm  /  Info and RSVP

Please send updated program schedule and communications for employment and training programs to

The Masonry Restoration Program (starts June 19) focuses on developing core, hands-on skills, as well as educating students on the necessary safety and compliance measures set forth by the Department of Buildings and OSHA. Hands-on training is taught on simulation façades utilizing real masonry materials under the guidance of instructors who are active in their area of expertise. 
Electronic Health Records Specialist Training (starts July)Upon completion of this course, students will have become more adept at CPR/AED, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens; Electronic Medical Records; Standard Medical Terminology; Medical Insurance Procedures; and Entry level responsibilities for Medical Office Administrative Assistants, Patient Services Representatives, etc.
Learn more and register at

Dress for Success - Virtual Workshops
Your Toughest Jury is You /  
Monday, June 15  /  4 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Mental Health Self-Care:Tools to Navigate Life While Socially Distanced 
Wednesday, June 17  /  7 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Understanding Your Rights and Benefits As An Employee in the Time of COVID-19 
Thursday, June 18  /  8 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Powerful Steps to Tackle Procrastination
Wednesday, June 24  /  1 pm  /  Info & RSVP
NYC College of Technology/CUNY - Medical Assistant Training For English Language Learners
New York City College of Technology and SUNY Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center (BEOC) are partnering to provide free medical assisting training to Intermediate and Advanced ELLs. Applications due by June 22. See flyer for info and apply here

Project Renewal
Project Renewal’s Next Step Internship Program is an 8-week training program for careers in homeless services.  As part of the program, trainees will gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as frontline essential workers in homeless shelters.  The training is a combination of virtual instructor-led training and paid internships in homeless shelters.  Trainees will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials and will receive job placement services upon graduation.  Trainees must have a High School Diploma or Equivalency.  Also must be available to work flexible hours.  Register for a virtual info session here.: 

CUNY School of Professional Studies
The Career Development Center at the Early Childhood Institute is committed to facilitating the connection between early childhood educators and programs serving young children and their families, especially during this time of uncertainty. Early childhood programs in need of teachers and support staff can learn more here, and early childhood educators or a recent graduates looking for work can learn more here

CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU)
Fall special topics course (undergraduate and graduate) "Economic Democracy: History, Theory and Practice" on economic cooperatives and alternative structures of production, housing, finance ownership, and consumption. See flyer for info.
NYC Adult Literacy Programs Accepting New Students
See full list here. Request to be added by completing this form.

NPower's Tech Fundamentals is a free 23-week workforce development program, which prepares young adults to begin careers in the field of information technology. As part of the program, students will complete 16 weeks of virtual instructor-led training and internship or project-based experienced work. During the program, students will have the opportunity to earn an industry-recognized certification CompTIA A+ and also receive professional development training and job-readiness skills. Next info session is on June 11 for classes starting in September (see flyer).

Building Skills NY
BSNY is currently virtually recruiting candidates for full-time entry level construction jobs throughout NYC. Candidates that meet BSNY minimum requirements are invited to complete an application online to begin the process and receive an invitation to an upcoming virtual recruitment event. BSNY will hold virtual events on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30AM via Zoom. The next virtual recruitment events will be Thursday, May 28th, 2020 and Monday June 1st, 2020. More info

JCCGCI's Workforce Development Project and COLlive will stream free financial guidance workshops for any individuals that need guidance live every evening at 9 pm until May 27. Learn more and register here.

Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center
The MEOC is offering FREE Summer 2020 programs, via Distance Learning. NYS residents who are 18 or older can apply online TODAY from either a laptop, tablet or mobile device. We're here to help New Yorkers learn English, earn their High School Equivalency Diploma, and prepare for college. Our in-person services continue to be temporarily suspended.  Additional updates and information for potential applicants can be found here

The HOPE Program
Currently accepting referrals and applications for upcoming HOPEworks and Intervine classes that begin on 6/1, and SSBx class that begins on 6/15. HOPE is offering virtual information sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm via Zoom. Interested candidates can join the information sessions via: / Meeting ID: 511 680 500

BMCC Tech Training
CUNY TechWorks and the Borough of Manhattan Community College Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development,are now offering free computer training program in Computer Network Support, for qualified participants. Applicants must be CompTIA A+ certified to be considered. Training is from June 1 to October 31. See website for info.

Maintenance/Construction Training begins May 22. During 8 week training clients will receive OSHA 30, RRP, GPRO, Site Safety, 2 hour drug and alcohol awareness along with comprehensive workforce development training. Upon completion of training graduates will receive job placement assistance and lifetime alumni services.  Virtual information sessions are being held every Monday and Tuesday @ 10am via ZOOM. See flyer for info.

The Actors Fund
The Career Center offers a comprehensive suite of online programs and services that help entertainment industry and performing arts professionals identify and find sideline work and discover new careers outside the industry. See workshop calendar.

Kingsborough Community College
Continuing Education department has online offerings and is planning for summer. See course offerings here.

Nontraditional Employment for Women
Nontraditional Employment for Women is now conducting information sessions on-line! Every Tuesday at 10 am and Wednesday at 6 pm. Register for an info session. Requirements include: eligible to work in the US; HS Diploma or HSE; interested in hands-on training to join a career path in the construction field.

Upwardly Global - Immigrant Professionals Employment Program
Upwardly Global supports Immigrant and Refugee New Yorkers to navigate the U.S. professional job search process through a free online Job Search Training Program, customized job coaching, invitations to network and practice interviewing with our employer partners, access to reskilling and training opportunities, and more. Currently all services are provided virtually. More Info

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
Brooklyn Networks has moved its weekly Info Sessions online until further notice.
Please direct candidates here to register. Brooklyn Networks is a free data cable training program seeking motivated, reliable individuals who are interested in technology and working with their hands. Graduates are BICSI and OSHA 30 certified, and receive top-quality Job Readiness Training so they can get hired quickly into fulfilling, well-paid careers.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Job Training and Placement team can be reached via - to schedule an appointment for resume support, interviewing and job matching.
Actively working with employers to fill immediate needs for Maintenance and Environmental Services; Medical staff - all levels and specialties; Security; Dietary Aides and Food Services; Warehouse and Delivery Services. Contact about these opportunities.

Blue Ridge Labs

Program Associate (Bilingual)

Youth Action Programs & Homes
Case Manager    •    Service and Follow-Up Coordinator

Development Associate   •   Job Developer (Hempstead)   •   Director of Workforce Development

St. Nicks Alliance
Skills Training Program Manager

Career Pathways Navigator   •   Success Coach   •    Part-Time Adult Education Instructor (HSE)

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