The past two years were filled with new learning and impact. JobsFirstNYC’s mission is to leverage all available community, corporate, human, organization, private and public resources to bring out-of-school and out-of-work young adults into the economic life of New York City. In the past two years, our board appointed Marjorie Parker as our next President and CEO. We proceeded to reaffirm our commitment to reducing the number of out-of-school, out-of-work young adults in New York City.
In New York City, over 118,000 young adults between 18 and 24 are out-of-school and out-of-work, down from the 172,000 young adults who were out-of-school and out-of-work when JobsFirstNYC was founded. However, all of the gains in employment among young adults were in part time employment. Today’s OSOW young adults face significant, overlapping barriers to entry. Unlike their predecessors, they face the prospects of permanent low-wage, part-time employment in sectors with little pathways to more and better economic opportunities. Our focus in the coming years will continue to be the identification, sharing, and implementation of effective strategies to improve the lives of young adults.