Lower East Side Employment Network

Overview

The Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN) is a partnership between eight community-based organizations and Community Board 3 that operates in Manhattan’s Lower East Side to improve connections between local job seekers and employers.

The Challenge

Perhaps nowhere in New York City are economic disparities as pronounced as in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, including Chinatown. The area’s approximately 160,000 residents live among high-end restaurants, art galleries, and a vibrant cultural and nightlife scene, yet many in the community are struggling.

13%

OF 18-24 YEAR OLDS IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE ARE OUT OF SCHOOL AND OUT OF WORK

14%

OF 25-32 YEAR OLDS IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE ARE OUT OF SCHOOL AND OUT OF WORK

30%

OF 18-24 YEAR OLDS IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE LIVE IN POVERTY

Approach

In response to neighborhood rezoning and incoming hospitality development, the LESEN has brought together the resources of eight community agencies and the Manhattan Community Board 3 in the Lower East Side to maximize local residents’ access to good-quality jobs in high-demand industries. The LESEN works closely with the hospitality sector to design customized training programs and streamline recruiting processes for hotels and related businesses.

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Impact

To date, the LESEN has achieved promising efficiencies which reflect the Network’s overall mission to collaboratively improve workforce development practices and reduce operational costs for employers and agencies, streamlining hiring processes while effectively connecting candidates to high-demand jobs.

$5.9MFunds Raised and Invested
0Employers Engaged
900New Hires
2:1Interview to Hire Ratio

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