Update on the Emerging Worker Sub-Committee January 16, 2003
Report to the New York State Workforce Investment Board
This is an update on the Emerging Worker Sub-Committee’s progress in implementing its strategic plan, that was approved by the State Workforce Investment Board in January, 2002.
Mission and Priorities
The Sub-committee’s mission, broader than required under federal legislation, is “to ensure that all New York’s youth, under age 21, are better prepared for employment by:
- enabling them to meet New York State’s education/learning standards;
- providing them with the work skills, life skills and supports necessary to succeed in New York’s job market; and
- exposing them to a greater array of potential career opportunities, including current demand occupations.“
The Sub-committee places a high priority on “at risk youth,” including individuals with disabilities and out-of-school youth who are increasingly unable to participate in New York’s workforce without skills and support.
Based on extensive discussion and listening (video-conference, survey, workshops with local youth council chairs and stakeholders), the Sub-committee has adopted two priorities to guide its work over the next several years:
- Priority 1: to expand/enhance business involvement in preparing youth for jobs and careers; and
- Priority 2: to support comprehensive year-round programs for all youth.
Accomplishments and Directions
- Hudson Valley Regional Business Forum—November 18, 2002
On November 18, 2002, the Emerging Worker Sub-Committee piloted a Hudson Valley Regional Business Forum. There were 140 participants, including business leaders, broad-based teams from seven local workforce investment areas in the mid-Hudson valley, Commissioner of Labor, and select members of the Emerging Worker Sub-Committee. The forum begins an intensive strategic planning process with the seven teams to further refine strategies to comprehensively serve area youth, in a manner consistent with employer expectations. The forum provides an opportunity to expand and deepen partnerships between workforce, education, business, and community organizations. If this pilot is successful, similar forums will be held across the State to shape programming in each local workforce investment area. The Sub-Committee will provide a full summary of the Forum and recommendations for future work in March.
- Competitively award incentive grants to expand business involvement in preparing youth for future employment: More than $1.29 million in WIA funding for youth has been awarded by the NYS Department of Labor to help young adults from various communities gain real-world work experiences in occupations that are in high demand. Each award includes a partnership between employers/employer associations, education, and the local workforce investment board. The Sub-Committee received a status report on implementation.
- Competitively award challenge grants to local workforce investment areas to expand and enhance comprehensive youth programs: Based upon directions set by the Emerging Worker Sub-Committee, DOL has awarded nearly $1 million to five local workforce investment areas to expand partnerships, leverage multiple resources, and integrate youth services into their local one-stop systems. The Sub-Committee reviewed the status of implementation.
- Identify a single point of contact for youth services in every local workforce investment area of the State and provide on-going interagency technical assistance: In May 2002, the State Workforce Investment Board adopted a policy proposed by the Sub-committee that requested each local workforce investment area to identify a single point of contact for youth services. All 33 local workforce investment areas have identified a single point of contact. At the January 16, 2003 meeting, the Sub-Committee discussed interagency plans for providing training in April. Final plans will be reviewed at the March 20 meeting in Rochester.
- Obtain regular input from local youth council chairs. Consistent with directions set by the State Workforce Investment Board, the Sub-Committee invited two local youth council chairs to participate and provide input in Sub-Committee meetings. These chairs are:
- Reg Foster, Corporate Community Relations Manager for IBM, chair of the New York City Youth Council; and
- Michael Dollard, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at Sullivan BOCES, who chairs the Sullivan County Youth Council.
The Sub-Committee received an overview of directions for serving in each of the two workforce investment areas.