Advocacy Alert: #InvestInSkillsNYC May 6 Rally & Press Conference Urging Mayor to Invest $70M in Bridge Programs
Invest In Skills NYC and our champions on the City Council - Councilmembers Antonio Reynoso, Carlina Rivera, Ritchie Torres and Mark Treyger - will be holding a press conference on the steps of City Hall on Monday, May 6th at noon to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to invest $70 million in bridge programs in the budget, fulfilling a promise from 2014.
This is a decisive moment for NYC’s workforce community and demonstrates how critical our collective advocacy and services are in creating equity and access to opportunity for all New Yorkers. In order to secure this much-needed and long overdue investment in our clients and communities, we must come together and show the strength of our field and unified voice. Join us on Monday at City Hall and online at #InvestInSkillsNYC.
Bridges to Better Jobs Press Conference
Monday, May 6 @ 12 pm (arrive by 11:45 am)
City Hall Steps RSVP here
Bridge programs are vital today because while New York’s economy is growing and creating new opportunities for skilled workers, far too many of our constituents are shut out of this economy because they lack the foundational skills to pursue technical training, college courses, or a skilled career.
A large share of the City's workforce system clients, fall within between a 6th and 10th grade reading level, including an estimated 20 to 25 percent of HRA’s Back to Work clients, 40 to 50 percent of DYCD’s Out-Of-School Youth clients, and 20 to 30 percent of adult clients served by DYCD, , locking them out of many programs and job opportunities. An additional 15 to 30 percent of these client populations test at fifth to seventh grade literacy levels. From our survey of 26 workforce training providers, we found that approximately 23% of applicants are either being turned away from their desired occupational training programs or have to be re-directed to a low-skill job, bridge program or other services or due to their low reading and math skills.
Learn more about the value and impact of bridge programs in helping low-skill jobseekers obtain the academic credentials, experience, and technical skills required to advance into skilled training or secure entry-level work here.
Join our partners at the Human Services Council, Council members and human services advocates, providers, workers, and clients from across NYC to call attention to the vital need for investments in human services in the FY20 City budget.
Tuesday, May 7 @ 11 am
City Hall Steps
NYC cannot run without critical services including after-school programs, supportive housing, homeless services, job training, and mental health services, yet government agencies rarely cover the full costs of providing and maintaining these programs. Working together, we have the power to fortify the essential services millions of New Yorkers turn to every day at community-based organizations (CBOs)!
Join our partners at the NYC Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL), immigrants and other adult learners, educators, and their allies to rally for the Mayor to stop his proposed cuts to English and other adult literacy programs in the City Budget. This will be latest in NYCCAL's five borough tour of rallies. Join online at #LiteracyLiftsNYC.
#LiteracyLiftsNYC Brooklyn Rally for Adult Literacy Funding
Monday, May 13 @ 10:30 am
Brooklyn Borough Hall
Thousands across the NYC are currently enrolled in adult literacy classes not scheduled for renewal in the Mayor’s executive budget. In this uncertain political climate, these services are more important than ever to ensuring that immigrant families understand their rights and know what resources are available to them. There are 2.2 million adult New Yorkers currently lacking English proficiency and/or a high school diploma – 1/3 of the entire adult population of the city – making the Mayor’s decision to eliminate funding for this program deeply troubling.
Funding Opportunity: SBS Issues RFP for "First Course" Culinary Training Program
The NYC Food & Beverage Industry Partnership, which works closely with NYC Department of Small Business Services, has issued an RFP for the First Course NYC Apprenticeship Training Program, a new industry-informed culinary training program designed to be delivered in collaboration with respected NYC restaurants.
The RFP is for an experienced organization to improve an existing curriculum for an industry informed, entry-level line cook training program, which will include classroom-based culinary skills, job preparedness skill work-based learning and structured on-the-job training component with employer partners. The program will be delivered in two successive cohorts to a minimum of 25 qualified and eligible participants in each cohort.
Questions regarding the RFP are due May 7, and responses are due May 24.
Funding Opportunity: Enterprise Community Partners RFP for Housing Career Pathways Initiative
Enterprise Community Partners, in partnership with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, has released a Housing Career Pathways Initiative RFP for two to three workforce development providers to help design a new program to more systematically connect low-income New Yorkers with permanent, quality jobs with avenues for career pathways in the affordable housing industry.
There will be a pre-submission conference call on Friday, May 10th at 1pm and proposals are due on May 24.
Action Alert: Advocacy Opportunities & Resources
NYC Council FY 2020 Executive Budget Hearings
Below are some of the scheduled executive budget hearings with testifying agencies relevant to the workforce development community coming up in May. You can find the full schedule of hearings here. This round of hearings does not allow for public testimony, except for the final hearing on May 23.
Tuesday, May 7
10 – 11 am: Economic Development Corporation
11 am – 12 pm: Aging
1 – 3 pm: NYCHA
Thursday, May 9
11 am – 12 pm: Correction
Monday, May 13
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Immigrant Affairs
Thursday, May 16
10 – 11 am: Youth and Community Development Youth Services
11 am – 12 pm: Small Business Services
2 – 3 pm: Health & Mental Hygiene
Wednesday, May 22
10 am – 1 pm Human Resources Administration and Homeless Services
Thursday, May 23
11 – 11 am: Finance
11 – 11:30 am: Comptroller
11:30 am – 12 pm: Independent Budget Office
12 – 2 pm: Office of Management & Budget
2 pm: Public
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Stories & Reports for the Workforce Community
Hostos Community College
Computer Support Technician Apprenticeship Info Sessions through June. Info and RSVP here.
Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Info Sessions through June. Info and RSVP here.
Roundabout Theatre Company: Theatrical Workforce Development Program
Mandatory info sessions take place April through June. Training begins September 16, 2019. See website for more info and to sign up for an info session.
Grace Institute of New York
8-week Patient Service Representative Program
Applications due May 15 for cohort beginning June 10. More info and open house registration here.
LaGuardia Community College
3-month Network Support Specialist Training
More info and application here
6-Week Certified Phlebotomy Technician Training
4-Day Security Officer Training Class
More info here
CUNY TechWorks at Queensborough - Software Development Program
Application deadline extended to May 10 for cohorts beginning in summer 2019.
Info sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
More info here and sign up for an info session here.
St. Nicks Alliance
8-week Bilingual Financial Services Training starts May 6
More info here
NYC College of Technology Free 8-week Healthcare Program for English Language Learners
See flyer for details
Bronx Community College Medical Laboratory Technician Program
See flyer for more info.
SUNY BEOC Home Health Aide Training
Classes begin May 13. Visit website for info and registration.
Retraining Program For Immigrant Engineers @ Camba & The Cooper Union
Registration now open for spring semester 2019. For more info, see this flyer and register here.
Brooklyn Public Library: Adult Learning & High School Equivalency programs
More info on screening schedule here.
LaGuardia Community College Spring Training Opportunities
TechHire - OpenCode Network Administration (Spring 2019) - info here
Woodlawn & The Door Preservation Training Program
More info and RSVP for info sessions in brochure and website
NMIC - multiple programs currently recruiting
YouthBuild Business Bootcamp - more info here
Security Guard Training - more info here
Home Health Aide Training - more info in English and Spanish
Customer and Food Service Training (adults) - more info here
Train & Earn Food Service & Training and Career Counseling - more info here
StreetWise Partners Mentorship Program
13 week mentorship program that assist participants who are un/underemployed gain the tools, skills, network and resources needed to obtain and maintain employment. Sign up for an info session here.
NADAP Comprehensive Employment Services (CES)
3-week job readiness workshops & pipeline to employment for youth/young adult between the ages of 16 and 24 who are TANF eligible.
More info, see the brochure or contact 212-986-1170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CPC Education and Career Services Brooklyn Information Session
Every Friday at 10 am
More info here.
LaGuardia Community College: CUNY Fatherhood Academy
Currently recruiting for the 16 week HSE prep program, which prepares fathers for the TASC exam and provides a range of academic and personal supports including tutoring, individualized counseling, financial literacy workshops and parenting workshops. Application deadline is May 31 for summer cohort. Learn more here.