Restoration Joins Campaign to Increase Workforce Development Funding
May 10 - It’s budgeting season in New York City Council and The Consortium for Workers Education (CWE) is advocating for workforce education and development to be included in the conversation. CWE has launched a social media campaign to build support for the “Jobs to Build On” (JtBO) program and to raise awareness to city council members for increased funding for community organizations. 47 community organizations, including Restoration’s Economic Solutions Center (ESC), has received support to fund workforce development and retention programs.
ESC’s Jobs-Plus program began in 2013, joining other community service organizations in the former Pfizer building (630 Flushing Avenue). Jobs-Plus provides integrated services to public housing residents in Northern Bedford Stuyvesant to help them achieve financial and employment goals by providing an opportunity to advance in the labor market. Since its founding, the program has placed over 400 individuals in jobs and provided 700 individuals with workplace readiness training. One program graduate Dupreme Murphy, highlighted in the CWE campaign, says of his experience, “Restoration Corporation didn’t only help me get a job. They helped me with life period.”
The Consortium for Workers Education is a private, non-profit agency that provides a wide array of workforce preparation, industry-specific training and employment services to over 70,000 New York City workers annually, including union members, new Americans and dislocated workers. CWE is the workforce development arm of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, whose affiliated unions represent over 1.2 million workers in the metropolitan region.
The JtBO initiative depends on funding from the New York City Council and is sponsored by the Council's Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus. In order for CWE to achieve its goals, it is necessary to build a network of advocates to expand the reach of the JtBO program. Restoration plays such a role as an advocate and an employment based community service provider in Bedford Stuyvesant and East New York. “By way of partnering with CWE, we have access to a host of workforce organizations across NYC to better streamline and share best practices around the field” says Jako Borren, Director of Programs.
Restoration is committed to connecting our clients with meaningful work and to empower the residents of Central Brooklyn in their career success. For more information on workforce development or to obtain services, please go to www.jobstobuildon.org. Support CWE’s social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter by following the hashtag #jobstobuild and tagging your local councilperson.