Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

October 2016 Newsletter: We’ve moved | Taskforce facilitation | Measuring outcomes to increase impact

We’re a new tenant:

The season has changed and so has our office location. Please update your contact records with our mailing address below (and, let’s get together if you’re in the neighborhood):

Public Works Partners
99 Madison Avenue, Suite 403
New York, NY 10016

We also facilitate efforts to prevent tenant harassment:

With support from the Neighborhood First Fund, we are helping the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development and the New York City Council explore strategies to prevent tenant harassment, including a citywide expansion of the City’s Certificate of No Harassment (CONH) program. We are facilitating a series of dynamic working sessions of the Tenant Harassment Prevention/CONH Working Group – made up of several city council members and housing policy experts from tenant advocacy groups, the real estate industry, city agencies, and research organizations – to leverage the group’s diverse perspectives to prioritize actionable opportunities to reduce tenant harassment now and in the future through policy, process and regulation

And, we help clients use data to measure impact, refine service delivery, and tell their story:

Celeste Frye was recently interviewed on our work helping Capital Change Fund grantees develop performance metrics that better analyze outcomes. She shares how shifting the focus towards the impact on the participants can ensure program success and improved outcomes for the members of their communities.

Then sometimes, we take a break to gather with colleagues:

We were pleased to celebrate with colleagues old and new at the Workforce Professionals Training Institute’s Annual Fall Benefit. WPTI is a longtime partner of Public Works’, and has trained more than 8,000 practitioners from over 800 agencies, helping professionals develop innovative practices to address pressing challenges. We extend our congratulations to the night’s honorees – Dale Grant, Executive Chair of Grant Associates; Randy Peers, CEO of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow; and John Mogulescu, Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs at CUNY and Dean at the CUNY School of Professional Studies – for their substantial contributions to the field.

Celeste Frye with WPTI Executive Director Sharon Sewell-Fairmanand CUNY Dean John Mogulescu at the event.
Photo credit: Michael Cho and WPTI.

#SocialWkDev: Sharing Innovative Social Media Practices for Workforce Development at NYATEP Conference


On November 20, 2013, Public Works Partners and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow teamed up for an exciting and well-received presentation on social media for workforce development at the 2013 NYATEP Fall Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. Public Works covered a wide range of practical advice on how to setup and use social media to effectively engage participants, and OBT spoke from their extensive experience on how their entire organization has oriented itself towards social media, starting with MySpace back in the mid-2000’s!


If you weren’t able to join us in Saratoga Springs, you can download our presentationQuick Tip Sheet, and Facebook Tool Comparison (link hosted on our site). Also, over the coming weeks, we’ll share portions of our presentation on this blog, with additional context and details that you won’t find in the deck itself.

In the meantime, we hope to continue the great conversation that began at our workshop. Connect with us on Twitter (#socialwkdev, @PublicWorksIQ, @OBTJobs), leave a comment on this blog post, or email us to share best practices, ask questions, and learn how we can help your program utilize social media to connect with participants and improve outcomes.

Social Media for Workforce Development: 12 days and counting until our presentation at NYATEP

The NYATEP Conference on Workforce Development in New York State is fast approaching, and we are preparing for our workshop on social media for workforce organizations (see our Oct. 23 blog post for conference details). We are proud to co-present with Marjorie Parks of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (www.obtjobs.org), an innovator in its use of social media, particularly Facebook, to keep in touch with its young adult clients. Many workforce development organizations are hesitant to engage in social media because it is intimidating to start from zero friends, likes, or followers. They also worry about negative content or comments being posted on their sites, and just worry about what to post themselves. Where does a well-intentioned workforce provider start?

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Mailing Address
99 Madison Avenue
Suite 403
New York, NY 10016
(347) 619-2892