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  • In Response to the Civil Unrest in Our City & Country
  • NYC Curfew & Essential Worker Exemptions
  • NYC to Enter Phase I of Reopening
  • NYS Comptroller's Nonprofit Contracting Annual Report
  • News, Events & Professional Development
  • Program Recruitment
  • Job Opportunities
In Response to the Civil Unrest in Our City & Country

The NYC Employment and Training Coalition unequivocally stands with and expresses our love for our Black and Brown peers, friends, families, colleagues, clients, donors, and everyone who has suffered from the systemic racism that pervades our country, institutions and social relationships. The inhumane treatment of Black Americans at the hands of police officers empowered to protect and serve cannot and will not be tolerated, and the right to protest peacefully in the streets and demand justice and improvement to communities must not only be allowed, but actively supported by leaders and police.

We at NYCETC are committed to fighting for economic equity, opportunity and justice for New Yorkers, and especially Black New Yorkers and other historically marginalized communities. We thank our workforce and economic development community for the work that you do every day to build an equitable New York. Our collective work is more important than ever before, and we affirm our commitment and honor to represent and support you in those efforts.

Most importantly, our condolences go out to the family and friends of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee and countless other Black and Brown persons who have been disproportionately targeted, harassed, assaulted and killed. We will always stand with you, and will continue to work to honor their lives.

- Jose, Annie and Jesse

NYC Curfew & Essential Worker Exemptions

Yesterday, the City announced that a curfew would begin tonight at 8 PM and last through 5 AM. The curfew will be in effect each night until Monday, June 8th.

Exemptions include: first responders, health care workers, essential workers going to and from work and providing essential services, New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, people seeking medical treatment or medical supplies, members of the press, and people providing legal and jail support services. You can read more about the order here, and FAQs on the curfew.

Essential workers at your organization should carry work identification with them at all times. If any workers are stopped while on duty or attempting to get home make sure they know to immediately identify themselves essential and show their ID. 

If a worker is apprehended by police despite being essential and you do not have an internal resource/point of contact set up, they should call the NYC National Lawyers Guild hotline and provide their name, time, and arrest location to be connected to a free attorney. That number is 212-679-6018.

W join our friends at HSC in expressing our "disappointment in the lack of clear guidance for those essential workers continuing to work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic through the curfew. This curfew policy and how it has been implemented has an unacceptable impact on our workers, clients, and communities as a whole. We will work to demand public-facing information to ensure those who work overnight have the supports they need to stay safe. "

NYC to Enter Phase I of Reopening
Recently, Governor Cuomo announced that New York City would be entering phase 1 of reopening on Monday, June 8. If you are unsure what phase your organization will reopen during, you can look it up here using your NAICS Code of description of your business. Learn more at the New York Forward website.
NYS Comptroller's Nonprofit Contracting Annual Report

The Office of the New York State Comptroller’s 2019 Calendar Year Not-For-Profit Prompt Contracting Annual Report states that the percentage of late contracts increased from 47% in 2018 to 50% in 2019, and almost half of the agencies reported at least three quarters of their contracts were not processed on time.

The lack of progress in prompt contracting at the State is unacceptable and risks the sustainability of human services organizations. The chronic delays in procurement result in a growing cash flow burden, especially with the profound impact that this pandemic is having on New Yorkers, and the expanded need for the human services sector to provide additional services to communities. State agencies need to make prompt contracting a priority because the sector is at the frontline of this pandemic providing critical services and their survival or failure directly impacts how quickly communities will be able to recover from the pandemic.

PASSPort Release 3: Timeline and Sneak Peak

The NYC Mayor's Office of Contract Services (MOCS) is preparing to roll out new features in PASSPort, the City's digital Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal, later this spring. These features are designed to make the procurement process easier, more transparent and accessible to all businesses. Developed with and for vendors, along with City agencies, PASSPort leverages technology to address long-standing issues​ and support faster contract approval, more timely registration, and prompt approval of invoices and payment.

Prior to the final roll out, MOCS has shared a sneak peek of the PASSPort RFx Portal - a central repository for vendors to see upcoming and open contracting opportunities across the City of New York. “RFx” is a PASSPort term that represents the range of City solicitations, including Requests for Information, Requests for Proposals and Invitations to Bid. Until these features are released, contractors can stay abreast of upcoming procurements through the City Record Online. Human service providers can also continue to view upcoming procurements through HHS Accelerator.

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change
Barack Obama via Medium

Why I Didn't #CallInBlack Last Week (2016)
Jerelyn Rodriguez via Forbes 

#BlackLivesMatter and the Fight for Racial Justice
Girls Who Code via Medium

To white organizational leaders: Silence is violence. Here’s what you should do now


(Virtual) Events

NSC - American Workers' Digital Skills: What the Data Tells Us
Wednesday, June 3  /  2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Envisioning Reopening Your Business During COVID-19
Thursday, June 4  /  2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

NYN Media’s Webinar Series: Nonprofit Resilience Through the Coronavirus Pandemic
Thursday, June 4  /  2:30 pm  /  Info & RSVP

NEW Conversations: Continuing after the PAUSE
Thursday, June 11  /  1 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Marks Paneth LLP, Human Services Council and SeaChange Capital Partners: Nonprofit Leaders Roundtable - Operations, Funding and Recovery
Tuesday, June 16  /  11 am - 12 pm  /  Info & RSVP

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

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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