Last week several of our Level 3 students attended a workshop at the Upper Manhattan Workforce 1 Center about preparing for job interviews. They also applied to use Workforce 1’s job search services, which is why they have the blue cards. Way to go!
About Workforce 1:
Workforce1 is a service provided by the NYC Department of Small Business Services that prepares and connects qualified candidates to job opportunities in New York City. We make strong matches for both candidates and employers by using a unique combination of recruitment expertise, industry knowledge, and skill-building workshops to strengthen candidates’ employment prospects.
How do we do it? We develop relationships directly with businesses that are hiring, then we get a deep understanding of what they’re looking for in a candidate. We use that understanding to help you connect to the right employer – and then succeed by putting your best foot forward.
From the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development:
The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August. Participants work in a variety of entry-level jobs including:
- Government Agencies
- Summer Camps
- Small Businesses
- Law Firms
- Sports Enterprises
- Retail Organizations
SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy and opportunities to continue education and social growth.
Programs are located in community-based organizations in all five boroughs of New York City. Youth can apply for the program online or at a community-based organization during the application period. Participants are selected by lottery for the program.
Specialized programming for disabled, foster care, runaway/homeless and court-involved youth are also available.
Last Tuesday, there was a job readiness workshop held at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) at 62 Mott St. It was sponsored by City Council Member Margaret Chin, and a number of neighborhood organizations sent representatives to talk about job searching, writing resumes and cover letters, filling out applications, and the dos and don’ts of job interviews.
These representatives included Joan Fang from Chinatown Manpower Project, Jeanie Tung from Henry Street Settlement, Vickie Wong from the Chinese-American Planning Council, Katya Zaitseva from CAMBA, Danielle Rothman from Streetwise Partners, Thea Goodman from Hamilton Madison House, Gaspar Caro from the LES Employment Network, and our very own Melody Lai-Nguy from University Settlement. Eva Wong from Project Hope was the moderator.