New York City Advocacy Academy
Generously funded by the NYC Workforce Funders Group, this professional development opportunity annually provides up to 30 New York City- and Long Island-based workforce professionals with intensive advocacy training at the federal, state and local levels. This unique experience blends networking, lecture-based learning, hands-on projects and experiences to actively practice the skills they have learned. The goal is to create a base of knowledgeable and committed workforce leaders, who can effectively navigate the political processes, and advocate for workforce issues across the Board. To date, 110 professionals have been trained! The 2016 Class was expanded to include an upstate and downstate cohort both which kicked off in January. Our newest crop of leaders is expected to graduate in April.
Strengthening NYS Food Manufacturing Training & Employment
In April 2014, NYATEP, Harvest New York and Cornell University convened food processing employers, colleges and training providers, and local workforce systems to understand the challenges for training and hiring a skilled workforce. In response to the feedback at the event, the Workforce Development Institute has funded NYATEP to engage food processing companies to grow new training models, specifically focused on pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship models. To learn more about the project see the attached overview.
Youth Employment Matters: Showcasing NY's Summer Youth
To demonstrate the value youth place on Summer Youth Employment, NYATEP launched an interactive website showcasing photos and stories from youth who have participated in Summer Youth Employment Programs (SYEP) across the State. Youth share their experiences, in their own words. In part due to NYATEP’s promotion of the youth’s stories, for 2015 SYEP funding was increased to $30 million, however the Campaign for Summer Jobs estimates that more than $45 million is needed.
Nancy Gossiaux, from the Community Action Planning Council Kitchen shared, “The youth have been given a true insight into becoming a “real” worker and I feel for some it was an “eye opener. I think it’s a great program and teaches both responsibility and ethics to our youth. For one of our workers with a culinary interest his experience will be able to give him a boost in his field.”