Invest in Skills NYC Campaign Update: Status of Bridge Program Ask
On June 14, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson reached a handshake deal, and the Council voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 budget on June 19. However, while this represents an agreement in principle, not all the details of the budget have been entirely decided or released with several budgetary items, including funding for bridge programs, not being entirely resolved. The Invest in Skills NYC (ISNYC) campaign is in continuing conversations with our City Council champions - Council members Mark Treyger, Antonio Reynoso, Carlina Rivera, Ritchie Torres and Helen Rosenthal - and leadership at City agencies to acquire final information about new funding for bridge programs in the Final FY 2020 Adopted budget. It is possible that final details may not be determined until a November budget adjustment later this year.
These conversations are a direct result of the coalition efforts that dozens of organizations pushed forward as members of the ISNYC coalition. This budget cycle represents the first step towards building a standing framework for long term change, and some of the first major, citywide progress on new bridge program funding in several years. ISNYC will continue to inform the community as more information arises.
Deputy Mayor Thompson Discusses Automation & Workforce System at Quarterly Workforce Development Board Meeting
From left to right: Scott Berger (Arista Air Conditioning Corp), Chris Neale (Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development), Valerie Payne (Rebuilding Together NYC), Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson, and Adria Powell (CHCA).
The NYC Workforce Development Board (WDB) held its quarterly meeting yesterday, introducing 3 new Board members - Dave Bolotsky (Uncommon Goods), Randall Pinkett (BCT Partners), and Adria Powell (Cooperative Home Care Associates) - and featuring a conversation with Phil Thompson, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives. As with each WDB meeting, the Board heard agency update reports from WKDEV, DYCD and SBS about their programs, and learned of a current independent work survey of Workforce1 customers being conducted by Economic Mobility Corporation and SBS. During his remarks to the WDB, DM Thompson outlined some of his vision for workforce and economic development in NYC. Thompson emphasized his interest in using the depth and breadth of the City’s over $50 billion in procurement capacity to impact a variety of growth sectors to innovate and ensure stronger career pathways for local New Yorkers, such as healthcare, green construction and technology. In considering the impact that automation will have on most jobs in some fashion, Thompson discussed the vital need for embedding critical and analytical thinking, as well as the ability for lifelong learning, into all levels of education and training, including the occupational trainings offered by Workforce1 and the City’s various agencies.
Funding Opportunity: Subsidized Work Experiences for Youth via Work Progress Program
The NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA), in partnership with the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity) is seeking qualified youth service providers to deliver the Work Progress Program (WPP) in fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). WPP is a subsidized work experience initiative designed to complement existing youth services programs by providing participating low-income young adults with paid work experiences. Through WPP, HRA reimburses providers for wages or stipends paid to low-income young adults (aged 16-24) who have been placed in short term work experiences that typically last 12 weeks, with a special emphasis on serving out of school and out of work youth or at-risk youth.
New service provider applications must be submitted within the two timeframes indicated (May 1 to July 31, and September 1 to November 30) for consideration through this application. Providers that received a WPP award in FY19 should complete a renewal application, available upon request through WPPADMIN@hra.nyc.gov (see page 11 on the application for more information).
HSC Releases Rating on DYCD's Advance & Earn RFP
Over the last two years, HSC has developed its RFP Rater tool to help nonprofit human services organizations understand the risks involved in government contracting opportunities. Recently, HSC released the ratings on the Advance & Earn RFP, giving it a rating of 56 percent, which it defines as “a moderate risk for applicants.” Within its release of the RFP rating, HSC stated that it “commends DYCD for offering a more intensive and comprehensive program that supports the Career Pathways framework to engaging youth. We also appreciate the increase in funding provided to support a more holistic program and to ensure that nonprofits can deliver quality services.” Some of the main risk factors HSC highlights include inflexibility in training, unclear reporting requirements, and potential risks for the community. DYCD has extended its proposal deadline to July 3.
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Upwardly Global supports Immigrant and Refugee New Yorkers with 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, and more. More info here.
LaGuardia Community College 9 month Web Development Training (starts Aug 19) - more info here 4 month Network Administrator Training (starts Aug 13) - more info here
NMIC - multiple programs currently recruiting
Intern & Earn - more info here
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
Grace Institute of New York Administrative Professional Program will take place September 9 - December 20, 2019; Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4pm. Patient Service Representative Program will begin September 9-November 14, 2019; Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 1pm. Application deadline for the classes are July 15, 2019. Info and open house registration here.
NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program NYCHA offers multiple scholarships to support our residents as they increase their income and assets through higher education. Online application portal now open. Applications are due by June 30 (see here fore details).
Henry Street Settlement
Intern & Earn Summer Cohort begins July 8. More info and RSVP for application session here.
6-week 2019 Summer Programs: High School Equivalency, College Prep, ESOL, Certified Nursing Assistant, Security Officer Training. More info here.
BMCC IT Computer Network Training A+/CCNA
2 cohorts starting in July and 1 in September
Info in flyer and on website.
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.
CUNY TechWorks at Queensborough - Software Development Program Recruiting for next cohort.
More info here and sign up for an info session here.
NYC College of Technology
30 week Medical Assistant Training for English Language Learners (starts Fall 2019)
More info 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.
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.
Brooklyn Public Library: Adult Learning & High School Equivalency programs
More info on screening schedule 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.