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Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) expands with 4 new partnerships




Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project Expands


Four Workforce Partnerships Chosen to Help Out-of-School
and Out-of-Work Young Adults Gain Training and Entry
into Different Sectors of Employment in New York City
JobsFirstNYC is proud to announce that as part of our local initiative – the Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project (YASEP) – four workforce partnerships have been awarded planning grants and will join the YASEP Learning Community. Each partnership will receive a $50,000 grant to plan programs, using a sectoral approach, to improve employment outcomes for young adults, who are out-of-school and out-of-work, and may not be ready for college at this time.
As part of our mission to help young New Yorkers connect to stable jobs and career opportunities, JobsFirstNYC launched YASEP in 2013. YASEP represents an attempt to harness the power of sectoral employment strategies – programs that focus on filling the hiring needs of employers within one industry or set of occupations on behalf of out-of-school, out-of-work 18- to 24-year-old New Yorkers.Late 2015, JobsFirstNYC put a call out to the field to create sector-based partnerships with capacity and experience to serve young adults and with employer ties. The response was impressive. JobsFirstNYC received outstanding applications reflecting a field-wide interest in sectoral-approach learning and cross-organizational collaboration to better serve New York City’s young adult population.
The four partnerships selected are:

Green City Force, with partners Association for Energy Affordability, Con Edison, L+M Development Partners, Inc., C+C Management, and NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability to focus on the sector of sustainable buildings as a subset of green jobs.  Goal:
To target interrelated areas within the sustainable buildings sector including: energy efficiency; utilities; sustainable housing maintenance, operations and management; and green construction, to create a pipeline of jobs allowing for young adults to secure placement in entry-level positions, have support in retaining jobs, and earn opportunities for career advancement. This partnership will focus on preparing young adults from NYCHA to succeed in careers related to the clean energy economy.

The Knowledge House partnering as the Bronx Digital Pipeline with Hostos Community College and Per Scholas to develop pathways into technology jobs for young adults in the Bronx.
To leverage technology tools and a collective impact approach to connect out-of-school and out-of-work young adults in the Bronx to existing training programs and the city-wide job opportunities available in the technology industry.

Roundabout Theatre Company is partnering with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Roundabout’s employment partners include: the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, BAM, The Public Theater, and Signature Theatre Company.
To develop a pathway for under-resourced and under-represented young adults to gain access to technical theatre careers.

Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center (Isaacs Center) partnering as the Guest Services Collaborative with Asphalt Green, Hilton Garden Inn, Ink48, Barnes & Noble, and the Museum of the City of New York to focus on careers in the hospitality sector.


To develop career ladders in the hospitality sector for out-of-school, out-of-work young adults who are participants in the Isaacs Center’s workforce development program and help them gain access to ongoing training and post-secondary opportunities.

Speaking about the YASEP initiative from the employers’ perspective Greg Hambric, Regional Recruiter, Modell’s Sporting Goods, and JobsFirstNYC board member stated, “Representing a leading employer of younger workers in the retail sector in New York City and beyond, I can share from direct experience that sector strategies, effectively developed and implemented, have had a direct and positive impact on how our business engages with the workforce development field, and as workforce organizations learn to be more responsive to our changing needs, young people’s chances of becoming economically secure will continue to improve.”

As one of the funders that supports YASEP, Laurie Dien, Vice President of Programs at The Pinkerton Foundation said, “Engaging employers through sectoral strategies has been one of the most important developments in the youth employment field in many years. This is a win-win for everyone. It enables institutions that serve young adults to work smarter and gives employers access to more productive employees.”

The Young Adult Sectoral Employment Project is made possible with the generous support of the following funders: the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Achelis Foundation, The Aronson Family Foundation, Capital One Foundation, The Clark Foundation, Ira W. DeCamp Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Mizuho USA Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and The Pinkerton Foundation.

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