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  • NYC Enters Phase II of Reopening: Guidance, PPE & Worker Supports
  • Help Spread the Word: Test & Trace Corps
  • Workforce on the COVID Frontlines: Tell Us Your Stories for Media & Advocacy
  • Funding Opportunity: USDOL Susan Harwood Training Grants
  • News, Events & Professional Development
  • Program Recruitment
  • Job Opportunities
NYC Enters Phase II of Reopening: Guidance, PPE & Worker Supports

New York City has entered phase II of the reopening as of Monday, June 22. This means that the following industries are allowed to resume Commercial Building Management; Hair Salons & Barbershops; Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services; Offices; Real Estate Services; In-Store Retail; Vehicle Sales; and Retail Rental, Repair & Cleaning.

For workers, NYC Consumer Affairs has created a Business Reopening Guide with information regarding what safety protocols an employer must follow, workplace laws, and other city resources. Additionally, they have published a Worker Rights Page, which contains many important updates for employees in multiple languages.

For businesses, the NYC Department for Small Business Services has released a NYC Business Reopening Guide and NYS has a tool that businesses can use to make sure they fit reopening criteria. If you are a small business with fewer then 100 employees looking to secure free face coverings for your employees, find a distribution partner located near you here. If you would like to purchase additional masks or other non-medical Personal Protective Equipment, the City has compiled a list of non-medical PPE manufacturers and suppliers.
Help Spread the Word: Test & Trace Corps

As NYC enters Phase 2 of reopening, the NYC Department of Health is seeking support from community-based organizations and mutual aid volunteers to spread the word about the Test & Trace Corps. If you want to participate in this effort, fill out this form. If a client is interested in applying for a COVID-19 related job, they can go here.

The Test and Trace Corps helps all New Yorkers receive free testing for COVID-19 and makes sure that anyone with the virus receives care, and can safely separate to prevent the spread. The Corps has activated a special group of Contact Tracers to help provide New Yorkers with the resources they need to safely separate and stay healthy. You can learn more here and find a testing site near you at

Workforce on the COVID Frontlines: Tell Us Your Stories for Media & Advocacy
Invest in Skills NYC - an advocacy partnership between NYCETC, NYATEP and JobsFirstNYC - is continuing to gather your stories and strategies in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Please use this form to share with us information about how individual programs have adapted, how staff have stepped up to meet the needs of the community, and how individual clients have been able to contribute to the COVID-19 response via essential work. 

We will use these stories as we develop our advocacy and media campaign to ensure that workforce development services are understood and financed as the essential services that we know them to be. This is critical at the moment as the sector faces proposed City and State budget cuts, as well as diminished revenue streams and philanthropic support. We know that the recovery will not be successful without your organization and services - and we need to show policy makers and the public how critical this work has been and will grow to be as millions of New Yorkers try to transition from unemployment to a post-COVID economy.

Our hope is that New York’s workers and workforce organizations will navigate this crisis in health and in community. Help us help you and the workforce system.
Funding Opportunity: USDOL Susan Harwood Training Grants

The US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently accepting applications for the Susan Harwood Training Grants, which provide training and education for workers and employers on workplace safety and health hazards,  responsibilities and rights. Target audiences include underserved, low-literacy, and high-hazard industry workers and employers. There is $4.5 million in available funding, with USDOL expecting to give 80 awards of up to $180,000. Deadline to apply is July 20. 

Nonprofits' Open Letter to the City to Center Black and People of Color Led Organizations in Reallocating Policing Funds

Unequally disconnected: Access to online learning in the US
Brookings Institution 

How Policymakers Can Plan Now for a Jobs Recovery Program
Urban Institute

Under Threat & Left Out: NYC's Immigrants and the Coronavirus Crisis
Center for an Urban Future

Vast Federal Aid Has Capped Rise in Poverty, Studies Find
New York Times

NYC summer youth jobs rely on state funds. But Albany won’t commit yet.

(Virtual) Events

CUF: Helping Brooklyn's Immigrant- and Minority-Owned Businesses Rebound from the Pandemic
Wednesday, June 24  /  10 - 11:45 am  /  Info & RSVP

Urbane Development & the NYC Mayor’s Office of MWBE - Collaboration for an Inclusive Recovery: Advancing Equity for Businesses and their Workers
Wednesday, June 24  /  1 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Designing for Scarcity: Behavioral Science Principles for Practitioners
Wednesday, June 24  /  10 am - 12 pm  /  Info & RSVP

WPTI & Grow with Google: Create a Resume with Google Docs
Wednesday, June 24  /  1 - 2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Ready to Restart: The Lasting Impact of Public Policy Initiatives Enacted Under COVID-19
Wednesday, June 24  /  1 - 2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

2020 Nonprofit OpCon: Streamlining Processes and Operations for New York Nonprofits
June 24  - 25  /  Info & RSVP

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce: Nonprofit Survival Guide - COVID-19 Impact: Assessing Your Nonprofit’s Financial Health (Part II)
Thursday, June 25  /  2 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Hospitality Under COVID: Ready, Set, Open!
Thursday, June 25  /  7 - 8:30 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Nonprofit New York: Nonprofit Advocacy in an Election Year
Wednesday, July 15  /  9:30 - 11:30 am  /  Info & RSVP

Sustainable Nonprofits Series: North Star Fund & Stonewall Community
Thursday, July 16  /  11 am - 12 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

The Knowledge House
Free introductory tech training program on the basics of web design, UX/UI, coding and design principles. After completing the program, students are eligible to receive 6 credits to be used upon matriculation from Hostos Community College. Deadline to apply: June 26. Apply here.

The Masonry Restoration Program (starts June 19) focuses on developing core, hands-on skills, as well as educating students on the necessary safety and compliance measures set forth by the Department of Buildings and OSHA. Hands-on training is taught on simulation façades utilizing real masonry materials under the guidance of instructors who are active in their area of expertise. 
Electronic Health Records Specialist Training (starts July)Upon completion of this course, students will have become more adept at CPR/AED, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens; Electronic Medical Records; Standard Medical Terminology; Medical Insurance Procedures; and Entry level responsibilities for Medical Office Administrative Assistants, Patient Services Representatives, etc.
Learn more and register at

Dress for Success - Virtual Workshops
Your Toughest Jury is You /  
Monday, June 15  /  4 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Mental Health Self-Care:Tools to Navigate Life While Socially Distanced 
Wednesday, June 17  /  7 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Understanding Your Rights and Benefits As An Employee in the Time of COVID-19 
Thursday, June 18  /  8 pm  /  Info & RSVP

Powerful Steps to Tackle Procrastination
Wednesday, June 24  /  1 pm  /  Info & RSVP
NYC College of Technology/CUNY - Medical Assistant Training For English Language Learners
New York City College of Technology and SUNY Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center (BEOC) are partnering to provide free medical assisting training to Intermediate and Advanced ELLs. Applications due by June 22. See flyer for info and apply here

Project Renewal
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.

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.

Building Skills NY

Business Services (temporary)

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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