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  • Mayor Appoints Members to Sector Advisory Councils including NYCETC’s Jose Ortiz, Jr. and Board Members
  • NYCETC Report: Growing Crisis In Workforce Training That Threatens Post-COVID Recovery
  • COVID-19 Updates & Resources
    • Government Guidance & Announcements
    • Advocacy Action Items
    • COVID Jobs
    • Surveys
    • Client & Organizational Supports
  • Funding Opportunity: NYCWF's Request for Letters of Interest
  • Funding Opportunity: USDOL Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • NYCETC Member STRIVE & Graduates Featured on PIX11 News
  • News, Events & Professional Development
  • Program Recruitment
  • Job Opportunities
Mayor Appoints Members to Sector Advisory Councils including NYCETC’s Jose Ortiz, Jr. and Board Members

Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed members to a number of Sector Advisory Councils, which will inform the Administration's efforts to restart the economy and city life. The councils will serve as critical links to disseminate information about re-opening and provide guidance to shape the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These councils include: Labor and Workforce; Large Business; Small Business; and Arts, Culture, and Entertainment; Faith; Construction and Real Estate; Non-Profits and Social Services; Public Health and Healthcare; Education and Vocational Training; and Surface Transportation. Learn more from the Mayor’s press releases (May 6 and May 8).

NYCETC is honored at the appointment of Jose Ortiz, Jr. to the Labor and Workforce council, as well as the appointments of several Board members - David Garza (Henry Street Settlement), Eileen Reilly (CAMBA) and Jennifer Mitchell (The HOPE Program and Sustainable South Bronx); NYCETC members - Henry Garrido (DC 37), George Gresham (1199 SEIU), Darly Corniel (CWE), Rebecca Lurie (CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies), Julia Jean-Francois (Center for Family Life, Colvin Grannum (Bed Stuy Restoration),  Seth Pinsky (92nd Street Y), Dennis Walcott (Queens Public Library), Nat Fields (Urban Resource Institute), Eric Goldstein (UJA Federation), Msgr. Kevin Sullivan (Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of NY), Scott Short (RiseBoro Community Partnership), Eileen Torres (BronxWorks),  Marco R. Damiani (AHRC), Eric Weingartner (The Door),  Melissa Aase (University Settlement), Andrea Anthony (Day Care Council), Richard Beattie (New Visions for Public Schools), Kristin Kearns (Jordan, Urban Assembly), Susan Stamler (United Neighborhood Houses), and David Jones (Community Service Society); and partners on the NY Workforce Recovery Strategy Group - David Ehrenberg (Brooklyn Navy Yard), Angie Kamath (City University of New York), Melinda Mack (New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP), Jodi Sturgeon (PHI), Wayne Ho (Chinese-American Planning Council), Linda Barron (Staten Island Chamber of Commerce), Tom Grech (Queens Chamber of Commerce), Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce), Lisa Sorin (Bronx Chamber of Commerce), Jessica Walker (Manhattan Chamber of Commerce), Andrew Rigie (NYC Hospitality Alliance), and Steven Choi (New York Immigration Coalition).

NYCETC Report: Growing Crisis In Workforce Training That Threatens Post-COVID Recovery

The NYC Employment and Training Coalition and the Human Services Council are releasing data from their collective memberships showing that, despite the fact that the need for workforce training is growing rapidly across New York City, the organizations that provide these services are facing existential financial challenges that could hamper the city’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Read NYCETC's report and HSC's two briefs. Thank you to HR&A Advisors for their support on this analysis.

Within NYCETC's report - Economic Ripple Effects: Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on the New York City Workforce Development Sector & Marginalized New Yorkers - a clear picture emerges about the financial impact of the pandemic and proposed City and State budget cuts on workforce organizations’ financial health, staff, and ability to deliver critical employment and training services to current clients, as well as the millions of New Yorkers who are facing job loss and severe economic hardships at unprecedented levels.

Politico: City nonprofits facing widespread service cuts amid coronavirus shutdown
Bronx Times: Workforce training crisis threatens Bronx COVID-19 recovery

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. 
Government Guidance & Announcements

Advocacy Action Items
  • Contact Tracing: Both the City and State are hiring employees and supervisors for contact tracing reaching out to the contacts of those diagnosed with COVID-19 to track the spread. Learn more here for the City (three types of contract tracer jobs along with many non-tracing jobs listed), and here for the State (contact tracers, team supervisors, and community support specialists).
  • COVID-19 Staffing Portal: NYC community-based behavioral health providers are having increasing challenges maintaining essential staffing in a variety of services for New Yorkers with behavioral health needs and developmental/ intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the New York City DOHMH launched the NYC COVID Congregate Care Staffing Portal to expedite access to needed relief staff for providers and to track trends and potential issues related to staffing. The portal is now open to any licensed NYC provider. Email to register:
Client & Organizational Supports
  • Upwardly Global is now offering free, self-paced job-search and skill-building digital tools to help navigate the job search process for all jobseekers - regardless of immigration status, and uincluding American-born citizens from vulnerable communities. Learn more and sign up here. UpGlo is hosting a partner convening and live demo of these free resources on Friday, May 15 (RSVP) and May 22 (RSVP).
  • The Financial Clinic has launched the Marketplace – an expansion of its online financial coaching platform Change Machine. The Marketplace is a recommendation engine that equips practitioners to confidently connect their customers with trustworthy fintech products and services. The first product suite - Marketplace Relief - is intended to mitigate financial insecurity amidst the unfolding economic recession triggered by COVID-19.
  • WeWork for Good initiative: no cost workspaces to governments and nonprofits (including those who are existing members) playing an active role in supporting the public health response and the economic resiliency of impacted communities due to COVID-19. Applications accepted until May 31. 
Funding Opportunity: NYCWF's Request for Letters of Interest

The Workforce Funders collaborative invites funding requests for projects aligned with our 2020 strategic priorities:

  1. Addressing systemic or structural barriers that affect low-income workers;
  2. Increasing the career success of community college students; and
  3. Reorienting the workforce system to the modern economy.

In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Workforce Funders will also consider submissions from organizations and intermediaries that serve low-wage workers affected by the crisis, including restaurant, retail, app-based and other service workers.

The Workforce Funders collaborative makes grants through the New York City Workforce Development Fund at the New York Community Trust.  Letters of Interest for the collaborative’s first strategy - addressing systemic barriers that affect low-income New Yorkers and responses to the current COVID-19 crisis - must be uploaded to the New York Community Trust’s online portal by 5 pm on May 18. Letters of Interest for the collaborative’s second and third strategies - increasing the career success of community college students and reorienting the workforce system to the modern economy - must be uploaded here to by 5:00 p.m. on September 29.

Funding Opportunity: USDOL Senior Community Service Employment Program

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of up to $312 Million in funding aimed at creating job training and employment search services for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job-training program for low-income, unemployed seniors administered by the department’s Employment and Training Administration. SCSEP grants are awarded in a competitive process through a Funding Opportunity Announcement. The department will award approximately 10 to 22 grants to organizations that provide individuals 55 and older with career services, engagement in community service activities, and work experience and job skills training that leads to greater self-sufficiency. Applications are due by June 15.

NYCETC Member STRIVE & Graduates Featured on PIX11 News

STRIVE NY Executive Director and NYCETC Board Member Lakythia Ferby and essential workers and STRIVE graduates Che McCoy and Erika Orgaz were featured on PIX11 News last week. The segment shows how STRIVE has helped over 100 New Yorkers get essential jobs on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic, and why workforce development organizations are more necessary than ever before. 

State and Local Governments Need Federal Relief Now

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Essential Yet Vulnerable: NYC’s Human Services Nonprofits Face Financial Crisis During Pandemic
Center for an Urban Future

Main Street Lending 2.0: A Proposal To Support Our Most Vital Nonprofits

Seachange Capital

Weathering the storm: How Congress can help businesses and workers get to the other side of this pandemic and beyond
National Skills Coalition

Coronavirus: The Cities We Need
NYT Editorial Board

Unpredictable and uninsured: The challenging labor market experiences of nontraditional workers
Brookings Institution

(Virtual) Events

WPTI & Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Series - Workforce Resources During COVID-19: Making Connections in a Changed Economy
Part II: Best Practices in the Virtual Recruitment Market   /  May 14  / RSVP
Part III: The Employer Perspective and Virtual Recruitment Process   /  May 21  / RSVP

Community Service Society: COVID-19 Changes to NYC Housing Programs and Systems
Wednesday, May 13  /  11 am  / 
Info & RSVP

Making Crisis Decisions: Tools and Processes for Rapidly Changing Circumstances
Thursday, May 14  /  1 - 2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce: Managing Your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan w/PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP
Monday, May 18  /  2 pm  /  
Info & RSVP

Nonprofit New York: Managing Nonprofit City Capital Projects During COVID-19
Tuesday, May 19  /  1 - 2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

HSC & Spacesmith: How to Plan a Return-to-Office Strategy - Tactics to Consider
Wednesday, May 20  /  10 – 11 am  /  Info & RSVP

Mentoring and Supporting Young People's Mental Health and Well-being
Thursday, May 21  /  1 – 2:15 pm  /  
Info & RSVP

Nonprofit Resources: Operating Remotely During COVID-19
Thursday, May 21  /  2:30 - 3:30 pm  /  Info & RSVP

JobsFirstNYC: Adapting to the Future of Work: Transforming Systems to Advance Young Adult Economic Mobility
Wednesdaly, May 27   /   1 - 3 pm  /  Info & RSVP

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

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

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 flyer 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.

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Skills Training Program Manager

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