CYE uniquely focuses not on one agency, subpopulation, or age range, but the entirety of New York City’s youth workforce landscape. Positioned between four vital stakeholder groups— the private sector, the philanthropic community, city government, and nonprofit service providers—CYE serves as convener, connector, advisor, and internal driver for meaningful systems change.
Since 2015, the Center has worked with 32 City agencies, 60 funders and 50 nonprofit service providers to align City-operated programs, facilitate communication between the public and private sectors, and develop programs that blend education and career exploration to enhance youth learning and development. Specifically, we have:
- Directed almost $40 million in new public, private and philanthropic investments to support career exploration and work experience opportunities
- Created seven sector-specific Industry Funds–in Business/Professional Services, Fashion/Retail, Healthcare, Hospitality, Information Technology, Media/Entertainment, and Real Estate–to support internships, skill building and related opportunities that will help youth enter careers in high-growth, high-need sectors of the City’s economy
- Piloted new programs to fill system gaps around summer learning loss in high school (CareerCLUE), job retention for young adults with limited work history (CareerLift), and basic education and childcare needs for low-skilled young parents (NYC Performance Partnership Pilot)
- Informed emerging citywide policy through the Youth Employment Task Force final report in 2017 and program development advisement to seven City agency partners
- Scaled the City’s Ladders for Leaders internship program for high- achieving students, from 475 in 2014 to 1,855 in 2017.
- Helped to triple the number of Vulnerable Youth (young people ages 14 to 24) in foster, shelter or juvenile justice systems) placed in summer jobs, from 1,000 in 2014 to 3,170 in 2017.
- Convened City agency leaders, employers, private funders and leading providers in a series of city-wide discussions around challenges and opportunities in the youth workforce system
- Conducted the first-ever full inventory of youth workforce programs that provide work experience, skill building and career guidance services in New York City.
CYE Case Study
Public Works Partners (PWP) was recently engaged to assess the Center’s approach, results to date, and potential new directions. Through a series of one-on-one interviews, focus groups, secondary source research, and data analysis, PWP has developed a short case study. PWP found that the Center is playing an outsized role driving growth and innovation within New York City’s youth workforce ecosystem, and is positioned to deliver change on a much larger scale in the years ahead.