Partnerships and Collaborations

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This page was updated on September 6, 2023.


JobsFirstNYC is inviting young leaders to join us in Washington, D.C. as they collaborate with the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) to host its first annual Youth Days in D.C., September 12 – 14, 2023. The event will foster education and empowerment of both young people and practitioners. Youth Days in D.C. will create a platform for uplifting and celebrating youth voices. The summit aims to move the needle in preparing the next generation to achieve their goals by providing tools and guidance that empower them to contribute to building a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

Attendees will also meet with key federal decision-makers and gain expertise in how federal law impacts their work and life.

To facilitate this amazing opportunity, JobsFirstNYC is happy to cover registration and two-nights hotel costs for the first 10 young adults who register. Individuals under 21 require a chaperone. They can only cover costs for 1 young adult representative per organization; if you bring any additional young people, you will be required to pay the relevant costs. For additional information, visit the NYEC website. Reach out to Christine James-McKenzie, or Evy Gonzalez, if you would like to register a young adult.

Bank of America

Bank of America partners with NYC-based nonprofit providers, like Per Scholas, YearUp, and St. Nicks Alliance, to offer free financial wellness, career readiness, skill-specific and family enrichment education. If you are a nonprofit provider interested in learning more about their free education site, please contact The Academy Community Advancement team, or visit their free education site:

Liberated Success

Liberated Success is seeking College Success Mentors that will empower and guide next the generation of college students. Becoming a mentor with Liberated Success is your chance to make a lasting impact on the lives of individuals hungry for guidance and growth to and through college. Whether you’re a seasoned professional, an entrepreneur, an artist, or a leader in your field, your unique perspective can inspire and transform lives for students beginning a college career. Start the process by completing the mentor application form. Questions? Please contact Zaymira Gaspard,

Free Online Training on Working with Job Seekers Impacted by the Legal System
Unlocking Employment: How to Partner with Job Seekers Impacted by the Legal System is a free 90-minute, online, self-paced course for NYC workforce development providers, designed to enhance skills and build capacity for working with job seekers who have legal-system involvement. The course curriculum was developed in partnership with job seekers and workforce practitioners and includes four (4) self-paced modules, featuring interactive exercises and case studies, as well as a curated resource library that learners may refer to at any time during or after the course. Emphasizing a strengths-based approach, the course is filled with key insights on legal protections for those with criminal convictions, ways to reduce stigma, and proven strategies to support the job search.

The course was created by CUNY School of Professional Studies, John Jay College Institute for Justice and Opportunity, and the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity. Watch a brief video overview of the course. Registration is free and open to front-line staff and program leadership at NYC workforce development programs.

Pursuit is looking to partner with community-based organizations to create a more diverse, inclusive and equitable tech industry throughout NYC. Through the Pursuit Fellowship, our mission is to provide long-term training and a pathway into careers in software engineering, creating opportunity and economic transformation for low-income New Yorkers.

Pursuit’s community development team works directly with community-based organizations to conduct outreach campaigns, drive recruitment, and facilitate Bridge programming to ensure New Yorkers are prepared for training. Organizations interested in learning more about our work and potential opportunities may reach out to Remi Szymborski, Manager of Community Development at

Solar One
Solar One’s Green Workforce Program has an established history of training priority populations and disadvantaged individuals who participate in New York City’s workforce organization programs and has successfully delivered training in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the building trades to over 4,000 un- and under-employed individuals since 2009. Its primary focuses are in green construction (including carpentry, electrical, and plumbing), green building operations and maintenance, solar PV installation, and numerous nationally recognized certification courses, such as: GPRO Operations and Maintenance and GPRO Electrical, NABCEP Solar PV Associate, BPI Multifamily Building Operator, EPA Lead RRP, OSHA 30 and NYC Department of Buildings Site Safety Training. These classes are all tied to renewable energy, green building operations and maintenance, and energy efficiency.

If your organization is interested in developing a partnership with Solar One to train individuals from your organization, please reach out to Max Levitzke at

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
VISIONS is a nonprofit vision rehabilitation and social service organization that provides individualized programs to assist people who are blind and visually impaired of all ages to lead independent and active lives, and to educate the public to understand their capabilities and needs.

As part of their workforce development programming, they are seeking to place participants in volunteer / intern porter, maintenance, and/or cleaning roles at local businesses and organizations. If your business is in need of volunteers or interested in learning more, please contact Deanna Calamusa

Shared Lane Services 
Shared Lane offers a Digital Careers Toolkit for program facilitators to use with young adults who are exploring a range of digitally-enabled careers. The free resource includes snapshots about a range of tech career pathways, activities for learners, and guides for facilitators. Shared Lane would like to partner with youth-facing organizations to demystify and increase access to tech careers. Please reach out to

Workforce development and training are essential components of growing a clean energy economy and a cleaner, healthier New York.  NYSERDA is preparing the current and future workforce to meet the demands of clean energy jobs, working closely with training partners and Community-Based Organizations across the state. With more than $120 million of workforce funding already committed, NYSERDA is working with partners to change the landscape of New York State’s clean energy industry.

Learn more about available funding opportunities for:

  • PON 3981: Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training, which funds technical training, experiential learning, job placement, and supportive services for new and existing clean energy workers to advance the climate equity and just transition goals of New York’s Climate Act.
  • PON 3715: Building Operations & Maintenance, which seeks to reduce energy use and associated carbon emissions while saving building operators and owners money by developing and strengthening the skills of operations and maintenance staff and managers.
  • PON 3981: On-the-Job Training, which provides wage subsidies for eligible businesses to help reduce the financial risk of hiring and training new workers.
  • PON 4000: Internship Program, which provides wage subsidies for eligible businesses, organizations, and local municipalities hiring interns to perform meaningful work in the clean energy sector.

In support of the Climate Act, NYSERDA will give preference to projects that provide training and job placement services to members of priority populations and individuals from disadvantaged communities. For additional eligibility, funding, and incentive information, as well as a directory of free clean energy training resources, visit NYSERDA’s website or email

OkaySo, a national non-profit, provides support for your staff, volunteers, and young people for dealing with identity, relationships, sexual health, and stress. They are welcoming new partnerships with workforce training programs to provide professional development and capacity building for staff and volunteers that work with young people. Partners have access to core-skill webinars, new, relevant webinars every quarter, and office hour coaching. Topics include: how to stay calm in a crisis, how to support a young person in an unhealthy relationship, how to listen with empathy and more.

Additionally, OkaySo provides direct support to young people via a free mobile app, accessible whenever and wherever young people need it. OkaySo’s vetted experts provide compassionate and medically accurate support and information and local referrals as necessary and OkaySo provides high-level data to you about young people’s usage. Learn more about the free app for young people here. For more information about partnerships or to make a referral, please reach out to

I Was 16 Yesterday Wellness Center
Founded in 2021, I Was 16 Yesterday Wellness Center improves the health, wellness, and quality of life for young adults between the ages of 16-24. Their services include job placement, paid internships, training opportunities, meditation programming, and mental health referrals. With over 36 years of experience working with youth and young adults, Ms. Pawley and The Center provide an individualized approach, and a safe environment for young adults where they are valued, seen, and heard.

To further their work, they are seeking collaborations with community-based organizations that can provide in-kind space for young adults in the Bronx or Westchester County. Interested organizations can contact Sebrena Pawley at, or 646-481-3340.