2021-2022 NYATEP Workforce Academy for Policy & Advocacy 

Application Deadline October 26, 2021

Background on the Academy:
The New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP) aims to create an informed, coordinated base of advocates to educate policymakers about the role of workforce development in communities, and the critical importance of federal, state and local policy that is reflective of local organizational needs and best practices.

Launched in  2011, NYATEP’s Workforce Academy for Policy & Advocacy has trained over 200 workforce professionals throughout the State of New York who have moved on to Executive and Senior level positions, including several who have run for political office!

This year the Workforce Academy for Policy & Advocacy will be fully virtual (with the exception of Advocacy Day on February 22nd) and will provide participants the content, exposure and networking opportunities they need to be effective advocates. We are excited to launch this year's cohort, and look forward to your application.

Academy Specifics:
What I will learn at the Academy:

  • A deep and practical understanding of the legislative and budgetary processes in New York State, and at the Federal level.
  • Exposure to National, State, and local experts through required legislative visits
  • Tangible tools and experience creating and delivering an advocacy strategy that you can replicate in your own work.
  • A new learning network for all participants, past, present, and future, to continue to connect and work together. Including an opportunity to work and network with a cohort of colleagues from across the State.
  • How to create a policy brief for state advocacy

How will I learn?
The Academy includes a series of virtual seminars with leading experts, required legislative visits to provide an opportunity for the participants to utilize their learning. The Academy will culminate in a graduation ceremony that will require you to reflect on your experience in the program. Full participation and regular attendance is essential for participation in this program.

What else do I need to know?
Participation in the Academy is free. Optional virtual happy hours and group activities will also be arranged. We strive for 100% attendance; and ask that participants miss no more than 1 day of the program.

As part of the Academy participants will be required to develop a one page policy brief in a team which will be presented at the end of the program during the Completion Ceremony. Participants should plan to schedule 5-8 hours of time outside of sessions to complete their projects. The NYATEP team will be available throughout the program to provide one-on-one support and guidance. 

Applications Due: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

2021-2022 Scheduled Session Dates
November 18-19, 2021: Kick Off Retreat (Virtual)
November 18th: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Academy Intro; Current Issues Facing Workforce; Review of Project Teams & Schedule
November 19th: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Seminar – Overview of NYS Workforce System & Basics of Advocacy
December 16-17, 2021: Seminar- Federal Workforce Advocacy (Virtual)
December 16th: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Seminar- Federal Overview & Conducting Effective Legislative Meetings 
December 17th: Time to Be Determined- Federal Congressional Visits
January 13, 2022: Seminar- State Workforce Advocacy (Virtual) 
January 13th: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Overview of NYS Legislative Process & Budget; & The Ins and Outs of State Advocacy 
January 27th, 2022: Workforce Advocates Town Hall (Virtual) 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: This public event focused on the latest in federal, state, and local workforce policy. 
February 22nd, 2022: NYS Advocacy Day  (In Person Event- Albany, NY) 
February 22nd: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Participants will join NYATEP and advocates from across New York State for a full day of state legislative meetings focused on workforce development. Participants will need to cover their travel/lodging costs.
February 25th, 2022: Completion Ceremony & Project Presentations (Virtual) 
February 25th: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
For more information contact Evelyn Ortiz at [email protected] or by phone at 518-728-9057
Apply Here