April 22, 2020                                                                                                                    Read past issues here
  • Leaders and Experts in Employment & Workforce Training Form “NY Workforce Recovery Strategy Group”
  • COVID-19 Updates & Resources:
    • City Releases New Guidance for Nonprofits
    • Sign On Letter for New York Human Services Relief Package
    • NYSDOL Launches New Streamlined Application for New Yorkers to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    • Sign On Letter: SNAP ET Venture Program Recommendations to NYS OTDA
    • United Way COVID-19 Community Fund
    • #SaveSYEP Campaign
  • NYC Mayor's Office Survey on Promoting Early Career Success for Young People
  • News, Events & Professional Development
  • Program Recruitment
  • Job Opportunities
Leaders and Experts in Employment & Workforce Training Form “NY Workforce Recovery Strategy Group”

In direct response to the growing crisis of unemployment and small business collapse in New York City as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, leaders from the public and private sector have partnered to form the “NY Workforce Recovery Strategy Group” and create space for a solutions-oriented discussion to the current economic challenges. For full details and participating individuals and organizations, read today's announcement about the group.

New York’s elected leadership is understandably focused on the current public health crisis gripping New York. However, as our communities struggle through these unprecedented health challenges, the outlines of the biggest economic challenge of our lifetime is coming into full view. The NYC Employment and Training Coalition was inspired to organize this new strategy group, because as our government partners begin to think about the days to come, the development of recovery plans must be done in partnership with leaders from the city’s human services and educational institutions, private sector, small business, labor, industry experts, and regional and citywide policy leaders. 

Together, this new group of leaders and experts representing 51 organizations will recommend strategies for recovery in the following areas:

Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Identify ways to support small businesses and entrepreneurs via grants and loans that will allow them to stabilize, keep their doors open, and maintain their workforce; and position them to grow employment opportunities with establishments that are deeply rooted in our communities in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Public Works Projects
Identify and examine opportunities for large-scale, public works projects, including infrastructure and resiliency, with the potential for reintroducing large numbers of New Yorkers back into the workforce. 

Educational and Training Ecosystem
Work with industry and technology experts to keep workers (including youth and adult learners) connected to education and job training programs for career tracks in a post-COVID-19 economy.

Worker Equity and Individual Relief
Propose and promote mechanisms of support and protection for marginalized workers (people of color, immigrants, disabled New Yorkers, etc.) to ensure that the city's economic recovery is inclusive and equitable.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources

 Updates and all resources can be accessed on the NYCETC COVID-19 Updates and Resources page at any time. Below are some specific updates that we'd like to bring your attention to. 

City Releases New Guidance for Nonprofits
COVID-19 HHS Nonprofit Response Team Letter to Providers re: Discretionary Awards (April 21)
Guidance for COVID-19 Invoice Submission (April 15)
Mental Health Supports for Employers and Staff (April 13)
Grief Support Among Colleagues (April 9)
See all updates and guidance here.

Sign On Letter for New York Human Services Relief Package
HSC is collecting signatures for a letter calling for a comprehensive Human Services Relief Package from the City and State government to support organizations and staffs during this time when communities need services now more than ever. Deadline: COB today Wednesday, April 22

Sign On Letter: City Council (Nonprofit New York)
Nonprofits are calling on the City Council to include them in economic recovery efforts and assure FY20 Council appropriations will be honored.

NYSDOL Launches New Streamlined Application for New Yorkers to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
The New York State Department of Labor announced the launch of a new application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional Unemployment Insurance or the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (see PUA fact sheet). Prior to this change, New Yorkers were required to apply for regular Unemployment Insurance first and be rejected before applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. With this new application, which aligns with updated federal policy, New Yorkers will be able to simply fill out one form to get the correct benefits.  

Sign On Letter: SNAP ET Venture Program Recommendations to NYS OTDA (Center for Employment Opportunities)
Now more than ever, SNAP Employment and Training providers are facilitating services to increased numbers of SNAP recipients impacted by Covid-19. Modifications to the structure of this contract will help providers leverage more funding to support SNAP recipients now and as we recover from the impacts of this pandemic. Read letter here and email Jessica Centeno at to sign on.

Congressional Response to C-19: Upcoming Call with Congresswoman Maloney
NYCETC is hosting an off-the-record conversation with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney next Tuesday, April 28 at 5 pm to hear how Congress is responding to the pandemic, and what it all means for the current and future needs of the workforce development and small business community here in New York City. Open to all NYCETC members and partners. RSVP here.

United Way COVID-19 Community Fund
United Way of NYC is now accepting applications for non-profit organizations that work with communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in NYC. There are some funds available for advocacy around COVID-19 needs as well. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as fundraising continues.

COVID-19 Urgent Service Provider (CUSP) Insight Tool

Free insight tool built on the EQUIP platform designed to specifically evaluate the capacity of nonprofit service providers to meet the needs of the local communities they serve. CUSP helps donors identify the communities that have the greatest need as well as the non-profits that can make the most substantial impact during COVID-19.  For more information, watch recording of the webinar to see how CUSP works and visit website.

#SaveSYEP Campaign
Ways to participate in the #SaveSYEP campaign (developed by Teens Take Charge):
NYC Mayor's Office Survey on Promoting Early Career Success for Young People

As New York City confronts the challenges of the coronavirus and its impacts on our economy, the Mayor’s Office is preparing supports for some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers: youth and young adults who are currently out of school and out of work. To that end, The NYC Labor Market Information Service (LMIS) within the CUNY Graduate Center is conducting a research survey on behalf of the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives to gain insights and ideas from the workforce field on employment, the New York City labor market, and how to promote early career success. The insights and ideas you share here will serve two vital purposes — to provide a baseline understanding of New Yorkers’ current perspectives for research purposes, and to help inform training and preparation initiatives that can put young people on a path to employment and career success. Responses are due by Friday, May 1.

The New Strain of Inequality: The Economic Impact of Covid-19 in New York City
The New School Center for New York City Affairs

Covid-19’s Toll on the Local Economy: A Preliminary Estimate of Job Losses & Tax Revenue Declines
New York City Independent Budget Office

New York’s low-income residents falling through paid sick leave cracks: report
Robin Hood Foundation via New York Daily News

COVID-19 shines a spotlight on digital skills: Updates and key questions for advocates and policymakers
National Skills Coalition

Re-Entering the Fray: As Prisons Downsize to Contain COVID-19, Returning Citizens Try to Find a Foothold (see article + podcast)
National Skills Coalition

What Are the Best Practices for Remote Learning? Education Experts Weigh In

Coronavirus Threatens to Perpetuate Generational Inequality, Leaving Young People Behind Yet Again
JobsFirstNYC via Gotham Gazette

The future is not what it used to be: Thoughts on the shape of the next normal

New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) invites local private non-profit organizations to join them to discuss federal funding programs that provide an opportunity for your community to better respond to and recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.bThis webinar will provide attendees with an introductory overview of federal funding sources that may be available to them, with a focus on FEMA Public Assistance. The webinar will also provide cost recovery tips and suggested next steps to help manage  your response and recovery efforts for COVID-19. Register here.

(Virtual) Events

NYC Emergency Management Webinar: Federal Funding Programs for Community Recovery
Wednesday, April 22  / 4 - 5 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Benefits Plus Learning Center 
COVID-19 Webinar: Expansion of Unemployment
Thursday, April 23  /  11 am - 12:30 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Nonprofit New York: COVID-19: Understanding Financial Health & Planning in a Time of Uncertainity 
Thursday, April 23  / 10 - 11:30 am  /  Info & RSVP

Marks Paneth & HSC COVID-19 Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable
Thursday, April 23  /  11 am - 12 pm  /  Info & RSVP

NAWDP - Effective Outreach Strategies: Letting Your Community Know That You are Here
Thursday, April 23  / 2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

The Fed and Main Street during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Thursday, April 23  / 2 - 3:15 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Congressional Response to C-19: NYCETC Call with Congresswoman Maloney
Tuesday, April 28  /  5 - 6 pm  /  Info & RSVP

The New Landscape of Digital Literacy: What policymakers and workforce advocates need to know
Tuesday, May 5  /  2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Ongoing Support Meetings

Human Services Council 
1. COVID-19 Update Calls for Providers
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 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

Professional Development & Remote Learning Tools

Learning Management Systems: Schoology, Canvas, Edmodo and Socrative (for testing)

General Assembly
Google & Grow with Google

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of many on-site offices and programs, we have removed all program recruitment information until our members have had some time to re-arrange their programming online, remotely or in some other creative fashion. Please send updated program schedule and communications to

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

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

Grace Institute
Grace Institute is now going to be offering its full administrative and health care sector training tracks through distance learning. Classes start April 27. Learn more about programs here and apply here.

The HOPE Program
HOPE virtual information sessions have begun, and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm. During these virtual information sessions, candidates will learn about the remote programming HOPE is offering, as well as the remote admissions steps they will need to take. The next start date for HOPEworks is April 27. Interested candidates can join the information sessions by clicking onto this link: / Meeting ID: 511 680 500

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

LaGuardia TechHire - Open Code
Web Development - deadline to apply is April 30. Register for virtual info sessions here.
CompTIA A+/N+ Training - deadline to apply is April 20. Register for virtual info sessions here.
Learn more and apply here.

CMP: Remote Job Fair/Recruitment Event
CMP has moved its job fair online. There is a 2 week window period to submit resumes. The last day to submit resumes to employers would be on Monday, April 6th, 2020. After the submission deadline, employers will then be able to review resumes and reach out to candidates who may qualify. RSVP here for more information or contact

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. Below are upcoming webinars for jobseekers:
  • Manejando sus Finanzas durante la Crisis del Covid-19 (in Spanish)  /  Wednesday, April 22 at 12 pm  /  Info & RSVP
  • Navigating Your Job Search in a Tight Market  /  Thursday, April 23 at 5:30 pm /  Info & RSVP
  • Kijan Pou Jere Finans Ou Nan Peryòd Kowonaviris (Covid-19) (in Haitian Creole)  / Friday, April 24 at 12 pm /  Info & RSVP
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