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Learning Session: Career Development, Entrepreneurship & Economic Supports for Vulnerable Youth

By Andrus Family Fund on May 18, 2018

AFF’s learning sessions are an opportunity to highlight the work of our grantees and other leaders in the field, as well as a chance to help convene funders and practitioners to continue learning. Through these sessions, we seek to create a learning community that can help advance effective practices in service of all young people.

Learn how nonprofits, city government and businesses are working together to create pathways and build supports that help formerly incarcerated or foster care youth access viable, living wage training and jobs.

Panelists will highlight collaborations across sectors, the supports youth require to access and succeed at employment, and the organizing, policy, and entrepreneurship initiatives they are undertaking to continue connecting youth to short- and long-term employment.

Speakers include:

  • David Fischer, the founding Executive Director of the NYC Center for Youth Employment. He leads efforts to expand, improve and align publicly supported programs to help youth and young adults gain work experience, add skills and explore potential career paths.
  • Marjorie Parker, the President and CEO at JobsFirstNYC. She has over 20 years of professional experience providing oversight of adult and youth services initiatives, and serving as an organizational consultant.
  • Gregg Croteau, UTEC‘s first Chief Executive Officer. He has overseen the growth of the agency from a grassroots safe haven to a nationally recognized youth development agency.
  • Noah Schectman, the Director of Evaluation and Learning at More Than Words, a non-profit social enterprise that empowers youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.
  • José García, a program officer on the Future of Work team at the Ford Foundation. Prior to joining Ford, he served as program officer for Strong Local Economies at the Surdna Foundation, where he led the design and implementation of a $4 million grant-making portfolio to spur business development and acceleration while focusing on quality job and wealth creation.