Posts by Thomas

Transition to the Green Economy: Vehicle for the Youth Opportunity Guarantee?

More than eight years into an economic recovery, the labor market is not bringing young people into the labor force. Approximately 4.6 million young Americans remain disconnected from school and work, according to Measure of America. Changing how the labor market works for young people requires a national strategy for systemic reform. A transition to…

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Rolling Out New York State’s Green New Deal

On March 14, I attended an event in New York that was a rollout, of sorts, for the workforce side of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Green New Deal for the state. Hosted by Philanthropy New York (longtime friend of NYEC Bret Halverson got me an invitation), the event was meant to align the efforts of…

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NYEC Leading YSP/KSA Update Process

NYEC staff worked closely with staff of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in 2003 to develop a series of competencies that any person who works professionally with youth should master. These Youth-Serving Professionals’ Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (YSP/KSA) competencies have been delivered over the years as in-person training modules to thousands of staff through…

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Increasing Access to WIOA Services for DACA Recipients

On September 5, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an eventual end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections for individuals who arrived in the United States as children, also known as “Dreamers.” These individuals may be undocumented; may have been granted work permits under DACA; or may be part of mixed-status families containing…

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A New Lens for Understanding the Out of Work

A new analysis of out-of-work individuals by Martha Ross and Natalie Holmes of the Brookings Institution provides a new lens for understanding this diverse group of Americans. For example, the analysis finds that out-of-work young adults in some large cities and counties are nearly twice as likely to have worked in the past five years…

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