Update on the Emerging Worker Sub-Committee
March 20, 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:

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 Iocal youth council chairs and stakeholders), the Sub-committee has adopted two priorities to guide its work over the next several years:

Accomplishments and Directions

  1. June 5, 2003 New York City Business Forum Will Build on the Hudson Valley Regional Business Forum held on November 18, 2002

    The Sub-Committee discussed the status of strategic planning in the mid-Hudson Valley and lessons learned. Assemblywoman Susan John, the new chair of the Assembly Labor Committee, proposed that the next forum be held in New York City on June 5. The forum would bring together the Commissioners of Labor, Education, and the Office of Children and Family Services, other members of the Sub-Committee, business leaders and a broad based New York City team. The New York City youth council has agreed to participate and help plan. Reg Foster, from IBM, who is the youth council chair said that the objectives would be three fold:

  2. Training for single points 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.

    The Department of Labor has completed a mini-bid to identify facilitators to hold three training sessions in Utica, New York City and Rochester to train teams from local workforce areas to better connect youth programming with one-stop career centers and to highlight promising strategies and approaches for serving youth with special needs, e.g., high school drop-outs, youth coming from the juvenile justice system, youth with disabilities.

  3. Presentations: The Sub-Committee heard two presentations of state and national significance: