In partnership with JobsFirstNYC, Young Invincibles created our Impact Fellowship program to train young adults who are currently part of a workforce development program to lead projects that engage their peers and directly address policy issues in the workforce development field in New York City. The Impact Fellowship brought young adults who have participated in programs such as Per Scholas, Ladders for Leaders at United Activities Unlimited, Commercial Drivers License Certification at Cypress Hills LDC and Young Adult Internship Program at Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow to talk about how these programs impacted them, and about what issues in workforce development they thought were the most critical. The Impact Fellowship model leverages existing networks and partnership to identify where each cohort of fellows can have immediate, but lasting, impact on elevating youth voices to the workforce development field.
Over a twelve-week period, the Impact Fellows reflected on their experiences in workforce development programs and contributed to a Memo to the Field to workforce development leaders. Additionally, Impact Fellows participated in a variety of skills and strategy sessions to think through how they would advocate for increased access to quality job training, and how they could use communications and their own individual stories to amplify their policy priorities. Finally, the fellows worked in two groups doing incredibly thoughtful research around the key issues, and wrote the two policy briefs that follow to share with the field. We’re incredibly proud of how much our fellows learned in just three months, and are excited to be able to share out their perspectives here.