NOVEMBER 12, 2003


Members Present:


Rosa Amaya, Parent

Carl Calo, New York State Education Department Vocational Educational Services for

                 Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)

Dr. Richard E. Dibble, (Youth Council Chairperson), Director, New York Institute of

                 Technology (NYIT) Center for Labor and Industrial Relations, School of


Todd Goldfarb, Second Deputy Commissioner, Town of Hempstead Department of

                          Occupational Resources (DOOR)

Vilma Osbourne, Licensed Home Care Administrator, Nassau Extended Home Care


Alan Nachman, President, Diversified Micro Systems, Inc.


Others Present:


Todd Harrison, Executive Vice President, The Paxen Group, Inc.

Alex Jacobs, VESID

Edward Kenny, HempsteadWorks

Joann Lukas Von Stein, HempsteadWorks

Terry McKnight, HempsteadWorks


1.      Welcome and Introductions


The meeting began at 2:35 P.M.  The members introduced themselves and described their respective organizations.  At the request of the members, Dr. Dibble provided an overview of the DeSeversky Center.


2.      Review of Minutes of Workforce Investment Board Meeting


After reviewing the meeting minutes from June 10, 2003, a motion was offered by Alan Nachman to accept them as written.  The motion was seconded by Todd Goldfarb and adopted by the members.


3.      Grant Development


The members reviewed a record of grant development activities conducted by HempsteadWorks during the current year.  Mr. Kenny explained that the grants presented were system-building initiatives, intended to augment formula funding.  He summarized the purpose and status of each.


4.         Health Care Customized Training


The members reviewed a PowerPoint presentation describing the HempsteadWorks Customized Training Program, funded under Title I-B of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which is being conducted in partnership with Winthrop University Hospital and Hofstra University.  The University is providing Leadership Training to Winthrop supervisory personnel under a contract with DOOR.  Mr. Kenny indicated that Winthrop is also providing eighteen (18) scholarships to economically disadvantaged youth in conjunction with the project.  The members reviewed the scholarship criteria.


5.            Presentation by The Paxen Group, Inc.


Todd Harrison of The Paxen Group, Inc. described his organization and its history with HempsteadWorks.  He expressed his appreciation for a productive relationship with the system, which began in 1997.  Paxen has learned a great deal about the workforce industry through its interaction with HempsteadWorks, according to Mr. Harrison.  His presentation included a description of the Exploring Careers Curriculum, which is utilized by HempsteadWorks for WIA Youth, and also the Basic Academic Skills Education (BASE) Curriculum, which the system utilizes for youth enrolled under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Summer Program.


Mr. Harrison also summarized a Youth Work Readiness Grant, which has recently been awarded to Paxen.  The grant will be financed by the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) under WIA Statewide funds.  It will support Paxen’s operation of the About Face Program, in conjunction with the National Guard and HempsteadWorks.  100% of the targeted population are out-of-school youth.  Mr. Harrison indicated that he had toured the HempsteadWorks Career Center earlier in the day and that Paxen is planning to co-locate the project within the center.  Currently, Paxen in involved contract negotiations with NYSDOL.  Those negotiations must be successfully completed and Paxen must execute a contract with DOOR, before the grant can become operational.


Once operational, the About Face Project will be implemented in the following three (3) phases:


I.                    Basic Education/Life Skills

II.                 Entry Level Occupational Skill Training (Work Simulation)

III.               Placement into Unsubsidized Employment


6.            Performance Outcomes


The Council reviewed the HempsteadWorks WIA Youth Performance Outcomes for Program Year 2002.  Mr. Harrison remarked that the outcomes were outstanding, particularly with respect to the wage replacement standard.


7.         New Business


Mr. McKnight reported that Paul Jamal, the Youth Representative to the Council, could not attend because he had found employment at New York Presbyterian Hospital.  He further described Mr. Jamal’s success story and explained how much work that this particular youth had done to help himself.  In addition to his employment at the hospital, Mr. Jamal also volunteers at a soup kitchen.  Dr. Dibble suggested that the Council formally recognize Mr. Jamal’s success.  Mr. Kenny described the opportunity to nominate him for the Workforce Investment Board’s Continuous Improvement Award under the Jobseeker Category.  Dr. Dibble indicated that he would be willing to submit the nomination.


8.            Adjournment


A motion was offered by Rosa Amaya to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Nachman and adopted by the members.  The meeting was adjourned at 3:25 P.M.