"Recovery for All" Plan Released by 80+ Business & Human Services Leaders
In response to the growing crisis of unemployment and small business collapse in New York City as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 80 leaders from the private and human services sectors have partnered as the NY Workforce Recovery Strategy Group to develop a recovery plan centered on small businesses and workforce development for displaced workers and marginalized communities: Recovery for All: A Vision for New York City's Equitable Economic Recovery.
The recovery plan outlines specific policy and investment recommendations for City, State and Federal leadership to empower NYC communities and businesses that have been hardest hit by this pandemic and the systemic marginalization and disinvestment that existed prior to and has been compounded by the pandemic, while building the foundation of a 21st century local, interconnected and participatory economy that provides resiliency and well-being for all. The plan's recommendations urge the de Blasio administration to prioritize NYC’s recovery efforts in the following areas:
Education & Training Ecosystem for the Displaced Workforce & Marginalized Communities
Rebuilding through Public Works & Direct Public Employment
Relief Programs for Individuals & Hard-Hit Communities
Recovery for Local Small Businesses & Nonprofits and Support for New Business Development
“The future of work is now. We have a responsibility to empower the hundreds of thousands of low-income and marginalized New Yorkers that are reeling from the double shock of a health and unemployment crisis that is compounded by generational poverty and disinvestment, placing them at a significant disadvantage in their efforts to access jobs,” said Jose Ortiz, Jr., Executive Director of the NYC Employment and Training Coalition. “In order to support New Yorkers and businesses through the biggest economic challenge of their lifetime, workforce development organizations require equal support, partnership and innovation from public and private partners. Anything less will mean the permanent shuttering of essential employment and training services that will further slide our communities into economic inequality and shut them out of the post-COVID economy.”
NYCETC Mayoral Fireside Chats
NYCETC invites you to "Meet the Candidates" -- a series of virtual fireside chats with the 2021 candidates for the office of NYC Mayor over the coming months. Below is the calendar of scheduled fireside chats, and you can RSVP here. Note that this series is for Coalition members and partners only.
Thursday, July 23 - Shaun Donovan
Thursday, August 20 - Dianne Morales
Thursday, September 10 - Eric Adams
Thursday, October 15 - Scott Stringer
Thursday, November 5 - Loree Sutton
LAC Report: The Impact of COVID-19 on NYC Adult Literacy Programs and Students
The Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) has released a new report on The Impact of COVID-19 on NYC Adult Literacy Programs and Students, based on findings from a survey the LAC conducted in May 2020 of adult education program staff in New York City. The report outlines the effects of COVID-19 on literacy programs and adult students, the emergency transition to remote learning, key barriers and needed supports, and the outlook for the field as the pandemic continues. Adult students are struggling with job and income loss, homeschooling, food and housing insecurity, caring for family members, and risks as essential workers – and these issues are exacerbated by limited reading, writing, English language, and/or digital literacy skills. Lack of access to hardware and reliable internet is a major barrier to remote education. If addressed, programs see opportunities to incorporate remote learning to serve more students at a time of increased need and demand. Staff need more training and support, and programs need sustained public funding with flexibility to adapt to the new reality.
Funding Opportunity: Gateways for Growth Challenge
Welcoming America and New American Economy have announced the fourth round of the Gateways for Growth Challenge, an opportunity for communities across the United States to apply for tailored research and/or direct technical assistance to support the development and implementation of community-wide plans that help communities become more welcoming places. The Challenge offers resources to communities that demonstrate a public-private commitment to creating a welcoming environment for all residents. Resources include one or both of the following:
Customized quantitative research reports from NAE on the demographic and economic contributions immigrants make in their communities;
On-the-ground technical assistance from NAE and Welcoming America to help communities draft, execute and communicate a multi-sector immigrant integration strategy.
Applications are due September 30 (see detailed RFP). A webinar to address frequently-asked questions will be held on Monday, July 27 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm (RSVP here).
CUNY Names Four College Presidents, Including NYCETC Board Member Ken Adams
The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York appointed 4 new presidents to lead York College and 3 community colleges: Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes to York College, Dr. Anthony E. Munroe to the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Kenneth Adams to LaGuardia Community College, and Dr. Christine Mangino to Queensborough Community College. NYCETC congratulates Ken Adams, who is part of the organization’s Board of Directors, on his new role.
“LaGuardia is uniquely positioned to support the city’s recovery by training and upskilling workers who have lost their jobs and preparing students for new fields and emerging occupations in a post-COVID economy,” said Ken Adams. “I look forward to working with the incredible LaGuardia faculty, students, staff and alumni – and, of course, the Queens community – in a collective effort to deliver on the rich promise of LaGuardia to a growing number of students in these challenging times.”
Members & Partners Celebrated in City & State Queens Power 50
Each year, City & State releases its Queens Power 50, recognizing "the appointees, advocates, community leaders and others who are moving the borough forward." NYCETC congratulates the following members and partners for the recognition of their work and impact on the Queens community:
Thomas Grech, President and CEO, Queens Chamber of Commerce
Hope Knight, President and CEO, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Elizabeth Lusskin, President, Long Island City Partnership
Kenneth Adams, Incoming President, LaGuardia Community College
Jukay Hsu, Founder and CEO, Pursuit
Mitchell Taylor, Co-founder and CEO, Urban Upbound
Nonprofit New York: Nonprofit Advocacy in an Election Year
Wednesday, July 15 / 9:30 - 11:30 am / Info & RSVP
Black Lives Matter: A Conversation on Being Black and Jewish at this Moment Thursday, July 16 / 1 pm / Info & RSVP
Ready to Restart: Main Street Lending Program Update
Thursday, July 16 / 1 - 2 pm / Info & RSVP
Sustainable Nonprofits Series: North Star Fund & Stonewall Community Thursday, July 16 / 11 am - 12 pm / Info & RSVP
Upwardly Global: Rebuilding the Economy Inclusively - What Corporate America is Saying
Friday, July 17 / 4 - 5 pm / Info & RSVP
Restarting NYC’s Economy: What Industries are Poised to Lead the Recovery Tuesday, July 21 / 10 - 11:30 am / Info & RSVP
Moving Forward with Confidence: An Introduction to the COVID-19 Nonprofit Tune-Up
Wednesday, July 22 / 10 am / Info & RSVP
JobsFirstNYC's Adapting to the Future of Work: Transforming Systems to Advance Young Adult Economic Mobility
Thursday, July 23 / 1 pm / Info & RSVP
City & State 2020 Virtual Digital New York Thursday, July 23 / 1 pm / Info & RSVP
Ongoing Support Meetings
Human Services Council 1. COVID-19 Update Calls for Providers
Every Wednesday at 8 AM
Dial in: 425-436-6324 / Pin: 515229#
Submit your questions ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center
The MEOC is offering programs this summer including High School Equivalency diploma, college prep and ESOL. Apply online here through August 13, and watch the "How to Apply Online" via smartphone or laptop videos for assistance. Prospective students with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional updates can be found on the MEOC website.
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Purpose-Driven Career Mobility: The Impact of Coaching to Overcome Barriers in Your Growth / Tuesday, July 14 / Info & RSVP
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 holds virtual events on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30AM via Zoom. More infohere and upcoming events here.
Currently recruiting for the 13 week mentorship program that assists participants who are un/underemployed gain the tools, skills and resources needed to obtain and maintain employment. Participants receive individualized support from 1 or 2 mentors while learning about career planning, resume writing, interview techniques, networking, LinkedIn, and workplace culture. Participants gain access to a network of thousands of volunteer professionals, mentees, and alumni graduates; as well as, ongoing professional development opportunities and job updates. To sign up for an info session click here. New dates and times added weekly. Recruitment will be open until the end of August. Program starts on the week of September 8.
The HOPE Program
Currently accepting referrals and applications for upcoming HOPEworks classes that begin on 8/10 and 8/17 and Intervine classes that begin on 8/24. HOPE is offering virtual information sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm via Zoom. Interested candidates can join the information sessions here.
Justice Through Code (JTC) at Columbia University
JTC is a free coding intensive for formerly incarcerated individuals that teaches the fundamentals of programming in Python. During the class, students hear from industry-leading technologists working at companies like Google, Slack, and Coursera as they explore potential careers in the sector. In addition to learning technical skills, students will also work to develop the interpersonal skills necessary for a career in the technology industry. Upon successful completion of the program, JTC works with partner organizations to place participants in paid internships or jobs throughout the NYC tech ecosystem, and to provide pathways to additional job training, should participants choose to pursue other careers paths in the tech industry. Applications due July 31. See here for more info and apply here.
KindWork x BWI: Customer Experience Fellowship
6-week, full-time, training program for young adults (ages 20-26) seeking an entry point to the tech sector. Students will learn the skills needed to work as a Customer Experience or Customer Support Specialist at a tech-enabled company. This a great entry-level role with lots of growth potential. Graduates will be provided with job placement support and one year of career coaching. Recent program graduates are thriving in full-time CX roles at companies like Capsule, Revel, Great Jones, and Justworks. Now accepting applications for the next cohort beginning in mid-August.
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.
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.