Emerging Worker Sub-Committee

Mission

To ensure that all New York's youth* are better prepared for employment by:

This is important for students in New York's educational system (grades pre-k through 16) and especially for "at-risk" youth,** including individuals with disabilities and out-of-school youth who are increasingly unable to participate in the workforce. Employers also need to be enabled to employ workers who need additional skills.

*While the federal Workforce Investment Act focuses on youth between the ages of 14-21, the Sub-Committee wants to focus on all youth under age 21.

**"At-risk youth" are broadly defined by the Sub-Committee including youth who are: deficient in basic literacy skills, a school drop-out, homeless, a runaway, or a foster child, pregnant or a parent, an offender, or requires additional assistance to complete an educational program, or to secure and hold employment. (Federal Workforce Investment Act). Out-of-school youth and youth with disabilities are also included.