NYC action plan to build inclusive career pathways for young people

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Dec 11, 2023 announced, Pathways to an Inclusive Economy: An Action Plan for Young Adult Career Success – a more than $600 million, forward-thinking roadmap to build inclusive pathways for the city’s young people to discover their passion, receive hands-on career experience, and, ultimately, enter the workforce. Through comprehensive, collaborative partnerships across the city, state, and federal governments, and multiple other sectors, the action plan will develop the city’s future workforce, serving up to 250,000 young people. The action plan and its investments deliver on key commitments made in Mayor Adams’ “Working People’s Agenda” and Executive Order 22 to provide young New Yorkers with fulfilling careers and financial security, while helping private employers find the best talent. Today’s announcement marks another stop on Mayor Adams’ “Working People’s Tour,” as the city enters a new chapter of its economic recovery after regaining all of the private sector jobs it lost during the pandemic, more than a year ahead of schedule. 

“New York City’s tomorrow depends on what we do for our young people today. That’s why this plan brings together all levels of government, multiple city agencies, employers, and partners across various sectors to tell our young people: we are here to help you succeed. From out-of-school and out-of-work youth to high school students who simply want to follow their dreams and everyone in between, this plan is for them – to let them know that New York City is still the place where anything is possible,” said Mayor Adams. 

“The future of New York City’s workforce is brighter because of the investments made today in our young people” said First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright 

“Our city’s future rests on the work we do today to prepare our young people to enter, contribute, and, ultimately, thrive in an ever-changing economy. I’m proud to say that New York City’s future is brighter than ever,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Ana Almanzar 

“It is paramount that we give our young people the bright starts that will lead them to bold futures,” said New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David C. Banks.  

“The City University of New York is an engine of social and economic mobility that prepares students for successful careers, but they also need work experience, mentors and connections to employers who are eager to hire them,” said City University of New York (CUNY) Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.  

Highlights of the plan include: 

  • A $10 million city investment to expand CUNY 2x Tech to five new campuses and marks the first time the program will serve CUNY’s community colleges. 

  • $130 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Jobs (USDOL) Jobs Corps Program, the nation’s largest job training and education program.  

  • $1.7 million from USDOL’s Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs Grant for New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to pilot a new electrical pre-apprenticeship for 50 out-of-school and out-of-work young adults, partnering with Commonpoint Queens, LaGuardia Community College, Queensborough Community College, and the Consortium for Worker Education. 

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