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Research & Learning

Our process and solutions are fueled by objective research, continuous learning, and intentional sharing with the broader field.

Our research and learning seek to increase the field’s understanding of the challenges it faces and uncover opportunities for deeper investigation and analysis. By sharing best practices and lessons learned, we work to change thinking, influence mainstream discourse, and accelerate impact.

September 8, 2020
Accounting for Success: A Blueprint for Measuring the Performance of New York State’s Workforce Development System

This policy brief, Accounting for Success: A Blueprint for Measuring the Performance of New York State’s Workforce Development System, focuses on building a 21st-century data...

May 20, 2020
The Early Impact of COVID-19 on Young Adult Workforce Development: Insights from the Field

A JobsFirstNYC Working Paper The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health and economic well-being of New Yorkers. It exacerbates preexisting inequities that young adults and their...

December 20, 2018
Leveraging Opportunity, Meeting Demand: A Blueprint for Building New York State’s Workforce Development System

JobsFirstNYC is a co-chair of the Invest in Skills NY coalition alongside the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP). Leveraging Opportunity, Meeting...

April 10, 2018
JobsFirstNYC Annual Report 2017-2018

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...

March 29, 2018
Barriers to Entry: Fewer Out-of-School and Out-of-Work Young Adults, As Warning Signs Emerge

JobsFirstNYC commissioned and contributed to this study examining how young adults aged 18–24 are faring in the New York City labor market. It provides an...

March 20, 2018
Sanctioned Legitimacy: A secret ingredient of community change

What is sanctioned legitimacy and why is it the linchpin for community change work? Sanctioned legitimacy means no institution or person can undertake grassroots work...

October 23, 2017
Online But Disconnected: Young Adults’ Experiences With Online Job Applications

A minimum wage job with a fast food franchise or a retailer may be short on glamor and pay, but is typically the first rung...

March 6, 2017
Declines in New York City’s Out-of-School, Out-of-Work Young Adult Population…But Numbers Remain High

In 2010, nearly 188,000 New Yorkers between the ages of 18 through 24 were neither in school, nor working, 22 percent of that age group...

February 7, 2017
Findings and Recommendations for 16- to 25-Year-Olds in the South Bronx: A JobsFirstNYC Working Paper

One out of four 16- to 25-year-olds in the South Bronx are out of school and out of work, a far higher rate than that...