November Newsletter: Things We’re Thankful For

It’s nearly Thanksgiving and we’re grateful for fun projects, amazing partners, and the opportunity to help strengthen communities. We’ve had the privilege to work on two recent program evaluations to help nonprofit clients assess service outcomes, refine strategy, and identify opportunities to increase programmatic impact. We’re also glad to be partnering with Public School to offer strategic planning training for City agencies, and to have participated in the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund’s Summer Jobs Connect Convening to discuss strategies for helping youth in summer employment programs build financial habits to prepare for long-term financial success.

We evaluate programs and strategies to drive organizational health and increased impact.

We recently completed an effort with the Osborne Association, to update their workforce organizational structure and develop new programmatic tools for a sector-based strategy. Osborne has served currently and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families for over 80 years, and sought to enhance its sectoral employment strategy to connect more clients with meaningful, sustainable employment. We conducted an assessment and provided a set of recommendations to support employer engagement and improve the coordination of job seeker supports across different programs within Osborne. We applied design thinking methods and worked closely with various levels of staff to develop program workflows, standard operating procedures for front-line staff, a resourcing structure, and other tools to position the Osborne team to manage employer relationships and serve clients in a sector-based strategy.

We’ve just begun working with Lincoln Center Education to evaluate its Scholars Program, a teacher training model that educates and places art teachers in New York City public schools. We’re working closely with current Scholars and alumni, program partners, and public school stakeholders to gain a nuanced understanding of the program components that drive success. By pairing quantitative and qualitative analysis, we are supporting LCE to measure outcomes and identify strategies for enhancing Scholars’ training as well as the impact they have through their school placements and ongoing careers in arts education.

We had a blast at the first-ever Summer Jobs Connect Convening, exploring best practices for incorporating financial empowerment into youth programming.

Last week, we joined our colleagues from the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund and youth-focused service providers from across the country for the Summer Jobs Connect Convening. Summer Jobs Connect is a national initiative that integrates safe banking products, services, and education for young adults participating in municipally-led summer employment programs. Principal Celeste Frye had the opportunity to present our research on how SJC participants perceive mainstream financial services and plan to use them, including findings from surveying 3,200 program participants and conducting focus groups in eight partner cities. The results of our analysis are also featured in CFE’s newly released report Summer Jobs Connect: Where Strong Financial Futures Begin. Take a look to learn more about ways service providers and government agencies can most effectively make banking products available through summer youth employment programming to help youth learn how to budget and save, and start on a path for long-term financial stability.

We’re offering a new strategic planning training for City agencies.
Been thinking about starting the new year with a fresh strategic plan, but not sure where to get started? We’ve recently launched a training with Public School that will give your team the tools to set a vision, align activities to achieve that vision, and establish an implementation plan. Learn more and contact us to see how our training could support your agency.


NYC Workforce Leaders Convene for Public Works/WPTI Roundtable

Last week, Public Works Partners and WPTILast week, Public Works Partners and WPTI—the Workforce Professionals Training Institute—convened our first workforce development leadership roundtable. Senior leaders from the de Blasio administration participated in an informative panel discussion that included Katy Gaul-Stigge of the newly created Office of Workforce Development (WKDEV), Matthew Brune of HRA, Jackie Mallon of SBS, and Alan Cheng of DYCD. The full house brought leaders from throughout the workforce community who were eager to learn more about how to prepare their organizations and focus their services to achieve the City’s goals. The goals of the administration’s recently launched Jobs for New Yorkers task force were discussed. Proposed policy changes to enable more skill development generated a healthy conversation about jobseeker and employer needs. And ideas on how to encourage more collaboration among City agencies and providers were also generated. The panel was introduced by Sharon Sewell-Fairman, Executive Director of WPTI and moderated by Scott Zucker of Public Works. I facilitated a number of productive breakout groups.

The Leadership Roundtable Series was developed in order to bring workforce development leaders together to learn and build the field. The next roundtable will be in July and will cover capacity building issues. Public Works and WPTI hope to see you there.

Panelists with Scott Zucker

Panelists with Scott Zucker

Public Works Partners to Present with JobsFirstNYC at the NYATEP Youth Academy in Albany


We’re excited to be participating with JobsFirstNYC on two presentations at the NYATEP Youth Academy in Albany, March 6-7, 2013. On March 6, we’re presenting on Going Beyond the Bottom Line, and on March 7, we’re joining the Lower East Side Employment Network and JobsFirstNYC to present our research on the Lower East Side labor market.

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