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june 4, 2020

9:45AM - 3:00PM

an online experience

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Are you working to figure out how to effectively serve young adults during this challenging new era?  Join NYATEP for our first ever, Youth Practitioners Lab on June 4th for a full day of professional development and skills training! This virtual, interactive experience will connect you with national experts, creative thinkers, and your community of youth workforce providers. We can’t wait to “see” you there. 

draft agenda

(subject to change)

  9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM






















12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

12:45 PM -   1:15 PM

1:15 PM -   2:15 PM



2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Welcome and Overview


COVID- 19’s Long-Term Impacts on Young Adults

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the labor market, and will have lasting impacts on young adults' ability to access jobs -- leaving many young adults, especially the most vulnerable at a significant disadvantage.  We'll be joined by leading national experts on youth policy and practice, who will touch on how the labor market has changed, lessons from trauma informed services and what the field needs to think about right now.


  • Moderated by: Melinda Mack, Executive Director, NYATEP

  • Speakers

    • Kisha Bird, Director of Youth Policy, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

    • Nina Aledort , Deputy Commissioner, NYS Office of Children and Family Services 

    • Christine Salazar, Director, The Puerto Rican Family Institute


  • Take a breather in between sessions. Tracy Draksic from the Himalayn Institute will give us a brain break using guided meditation.



  • Taking it Online: Using Tech to Shift Programming to Support Young Adults 
    Presented by: Abe Mendez and Claire Cuno, Per Scholas

    As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, Per Scholas has maintained its commitment to help job-seeking young adults prepare for the future of work. Within just a few weeks time, we had fully transitioned our tuition-free tech training program from a fully in-person to remote-based learning model. We provided technology and internet access for students who lacked access at home as well as emergency financial assistance to help students and their families overcome immediate crises. Students who made the transition included 10 young adults in our TechBridge program, a partnership with The Door that provides 5 weeks of literacy and math prep and wraparound support services for participants prior to matriculating into a full-time, 15 week Network Support training course.

    Through this work, Per Scholas not only greatly enhances the economic potential of our young adult students, we also help New York City employers for whom tech talent shortages otherwise impede critical operations. In this workshop, Per Scholas looks forward to sharing best practices and lessons learned from our transition and providing guidance and support to other organizations that may be facing the same hurdles. 

  • Adapting to the Changing Demands in Service Needs to Support Youth with Disabilities
    Presented by Carol Machowski and Marga McMahon, OLV Human Services

    Young adults' needs change often, so it is crucial to exercise flexibility and adaptability. To support young adults programs need to employ creative outreach and engagement strategies and continually identify areas of need and respond to them. To run an effective program, organizations are constantly being  creative in braiding funding and identifying gaps in services to meet youth where they are.  Most recently this has meant delivering remote services and tools to support some of the most vulnerable youth.  Join this session to learn how OLV Human Services has adapting their programming to successfully engage justice involved youth, and youth and young adults with mental health barriers and disabilities by practicing flexibility and adaptability in our service delivery and program development. 


  • New York's Clean Energy Workforce
    Presented by Frank Ciampa, NYSERDA

    NYSERDA is committed to nearly $70 million over the next 10 years to work with partners to change the landscape of New York’s workforce through clean energy workforce development and training.  Join us as we discuss NYSERDA’s funding opportunities for activities as diverse as:

    • Training building and operations staff to properly operate and maintain building systems

    • Providing on-the-job training for new clean energy workers

    • Supporting internships for students looking to gain hands-on skills at a clean energy company

    • Enhancing curricula to meet the demands of clean energy employers

    • Establishing a talent pipeline that can reduce the business cost of hiring new workers

    • Funding is available under four different workforce development and training opportunities:

    • Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training

    • On-the-job Training

    • Internships

    • Building Operations and Maintenance

Lunch Break - OFFLINE

Big Ideas “Ted Talks” Discussion

Presented by: Ashley Knox- Go Beyond Greatness & Beria Gaxiola- S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc



  • Taking High School Equivalency (HSE) Virtual
    Presented by Kathy Houghton, Executive Director, Literacy NY

    It is estimated that 3.4 million New Yorkers lack high school equivalency and/or the English Language skills necessary to secure and keep family-sustaining employment. This population of adults with low skills is a population category workforce providers can reach and support, with quality training and professional development. This workshop will explore different pathways to the NYS High School Equivalency (HSE) including pathways to High School Equivalency in New York State, where to find required forms, and resources for TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion™) Prep teachers and individual Learning Plans.

  • Transforming Youth Work-Experience
    Moderated by: Brian Licata, Membership Relations Manager, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

    • Jonathan P. Jones, Commissioner, Recreation, Youth & Workforce Services, City of Albany

    • Chandra Smith, Director, CTE Industry Scholars Program, Grant Associates Inc. 

    • Courtney Granger, Vice President of Programs, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

  • Carving New Trails Into Tech Careers
    Presented by: Presented by Annmarie Lanesey, Greg Westover and Rachel Sheridan- Albany Can Code

    AlbanyCanCode works to build a more vibrant and inclusive tech talent pipeline in New York Capital Region's tech sector through workforce development classes, K-12 programming, and community development.  In this session, CEO and Founder Annmarie Lanesey and Program Manager Greg Westover will speak about the organization's work with youth, both in a classroom setting and through community based programming, and about strategies for engaging and inspiring young people. Lanesey and Westover will lead participants in a CodeTalk, an activity designed to demystify technology and promote awareness of careers in technology in an open and supportive environment.  In this activity, participants, either young people or adults, are able to learn how much they actually do know about technology and that they may possess the aptitude for a career in the tech sector.

We'll close out the Youth Learning Lab with a Virtual Trivia Reception, hosted by none other than NYATEP Youth Academy regular, Joe Bellecosa from Dandy Entertainment Company!  BYOB and spend a half hour unwinding as we relax, laugh and compete against our peers in pop culture trivia! 

PRICE: $225.00

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Contact Jenine at or 518.728.1147!