Our PurposeEconomic mobility for
all young adults

JobsFirstNYC creates and advances solutions that break down barriers and transform the systems supporting young adults and their communities in the pursuit of economic opportunities.

The Challenge

Current systems to improve the livelihoods of young adults are fragmented and slow to respond to today’s rapidly changing economy and increased demand for skilled labor. Transforming these systems requires an unconventional approach based on intentional and inclusive collaboration.

118,000

out-of-school, out-of-work young adults in New York City

61%

of jobs held by young people are part-time

31%

of New York City college students work while in school, and fewer students are finishing their degrees

70%

of all jobs will require postsecondary education by 2027

Our Approach

We embrace a collaborative 5-step process designed to identify challenges, incubate new solutions, and advance what works.

1Investigate

We listen and learn first.

2Imagine
We ideate community-inspired solutions.
3Incubate

We grow ideas into an outcome-driven action plan.

4Implement

We launch and continuously refine new ways of working together.

5Integrate

We evaluate our performance, assess what’s next, and advance what works.

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Our Solutions

By focusing on employment, education, and neighborhood communities, we lead a process to break down barriers and build transformative solutions.

Work

Identify, design, and advance practices and policies that achieve better outcomes for employers and workers.

Education

Build equitable pathways to postsecondary education and career opportunities.

Community

Create localized solutions that respond to the unique needs of neighborhood communities with high numbers of young adults who are out of school and out of work

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How We Work

Transforming systems requires intentional and inclusive collaboration. As a neutral institution, we bring diverse partnerships together through a collaborative change process. In doing so, we build transformative solutions focused on identifying challenges, incubating solutions, and advancing what works.

Partners

Workforce & Young Adult Advocates
Workforce & Young Adult Service Providers
Transfer High Schools
Colleges & Universities
Investors
Employers
Intermediaries
Government Agencies
Policy Makers
Researchers

Process

Investigate
Imagine
Incubate
Implement
Integrate

Solutions

Community
Education
Employment

Our Impact

We create and advance bold solutions that:

    • Foster collaboration among a range of stakeholders, even when they seemingly have competing needs.
    • Align economic opportunities and workforce development by strengthening connections between local businesses and the institutions providing education and skills training.
    • Create a talent development infrastructure through the promotion of best practices and institutional coordination among entities that provide services, training, and education to support economic mobility for young adults.
    • Increase and leverage public and private investment in economic development, skills training, and education.
    • Empower and amplify the voices of rising leaders in the community.
5500+Young Adults Served

directly through innovative partnership models

$175Million in State Investment

secured to launch the NY State Workforce Development Initiative

$28M+Funds Raised & Leveraged

to advance new and innovative solutions

160+Community Partners Engaged

collaborating through new partnership models

0Learning Communities

convened to imagine and incubate new ideas

0Innovative Partnerships

initiated to transform systems supporting young adults

Explore Our Impact Framework