Youth Council Meeting Minutes May 3, 2004






May 3, 2004


Members Present:


Rosa Amaya, Parent

Rebecca Bell, (Vice Chairperson), Associate Executive Director, Education and

Assistance Corporation

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

     Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)

Dr. Richard E. Dibble, Director, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Center for

                                     Labor and Industrial Relations, School of Management (Youth

                                     Council Chairperson)

Sherry Hines, Lieutenant, Hempstead Police Department

Ana-Maria Hurtado, First Deputy Commissioner, DOOR

Patricia Hopson, Glenmont Job Corps

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


Alan Nachman, President, Diversified Micro Systems, Inc., (WIB Vice Chairperson)


Others Present:


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

                          Occupational Resources (DOOR)

Shereen Goodson, The Paxen Group, Inc.

Michael Johnson, The Paxen Group, Inc.

Edward Kenny, Planner, DOOR

Joann Lukas Von Stein, HempsteadWorks Center Director, DOOR

Jeffrey Martin, New York State Department of Labor, Workforce Programs Specialist

Terry McKnight, Youth Coordinator, DOOR

Abraham Sabbas, HempsteadWorks, Partner Coordinator, DOOR

Raymond Theriault, Training Manager, The Paxen Group, Inc.

Damin Waring, The Paxen Group, Inc.

Judy Young, Director, Abilities, Inc.


1.      Welcome and Introductions


The meeting was called to order at 10:10 A.M.  The members introduced themselves and described their respective organizations.


2.      Review of Minutes


After reviewing the meeting minutes from November 12, 2003, a motion was offered by Mr. Nachman to accept them as written.  The motion was seconded by Ms. Amaya and adopted by the members.




3.      Strategic Planning for a Human Capital Advantage


The members reviewed a PowerPoint overview of the HempsteadWorks for a Human Capital Advantage (HCHCA) Project.  Dr. Dibble summarized the purpose of the project and the progress to date.  He indicated that HempsteadWorks was awarded a $100,000 grant of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Statewide funding to undertake the project.  Mr. Kenny informed the Council that these funds will be utilized by the Town of Hempstead Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to:


Ø      Scan the local economy and labor market

Ø      Convene strategic planning meetings

Ø      Facilitate the meetings

Ø      Provide services to businesses, jobseekers and the community in response to training needs identified and strategic planning initiatives undertaken

Ø      Evaluate the impact of the project


In order to accomplish the project objectives, Dr. Dibble indicated that HempsteadWorks would:


Ø      Develop a Business Services Presentation in various formats, including PowerPoint, web-based “flash,” on video, DVD and in hard copy.

Ø      A series of strategic planning sessions will be convened

Ø      A series of State of the Workforce Reports will be published.


Dr. Dibble described two strategic planning sessions that have already been convened, one dealing with health care and a second focusing on CVS Pharmacies, Inc.  He also indicated that a future session is planned to attempt to convene health care organizations and local educators.


4.         Youth Performance Initiative


The members reviewed that performance outcomes of the HempsteadWorks youth programs measured against its negotiated standards for Program Year 2002 (July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003).  They agreed that the outcomes were extremely positive, with the exception of the Retention Rate, which needs to be improved.  Mr. Kenny stated that recruiting more youth and increasing the number of exiters might improve the standard.  He explained that due to the fact that 24 of 33 local areas in New York State had failed performance standards for two years in a row, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) and the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) have implemented the “Youth Performance Initiative.”  Under this initiative, NYSDOL and NYATEP are teaming up to provide training to local workforce investment areas designed to improve their performance.  He also indicated that an additional series of capacity building opportunities is being provided by NYATEP, Association of New York State Youth Bureaus (ANYSYB), the NYSDOL and the New York Office of Children and Family Services.  The members then viewed a DVD describing the latter initiative.


Ms. Bell inquired regarding the success of other states in achieving youth performance measures.  Mr. Kenny indicated that many of the other states were not experiencing the same difficulties.  Mr. Johnson suggested that successful approaches being applied in other areas should be studied.  Mr. Kenny indicated that this was included in the training sessions.  Ms. Bell suggested that the Youth Council might benefit from including a retired school superintendent among its members.  Dr. Dibble indicated that the Council would consider this recommendation.


5.         Work Readiness Initiative


Dr. Dibble explained that HempsteadWorks had developed a new partnership with The Paxen Group, Inc. under a WIA Statewide Grant which funds a Work Readiness Initiative.  Paxen was awarded this grant and will operate through a co-location agreement with HempsteadWorks.  Under the agreement, Paxen is paying a space rental fee to DOOR, as well as a fee for co-enrolling grant participants into the WIA Title I-B Formula Youth Program.  Ray Theriault, Training Manager, The Paxen Group, Inc., introduced the Paxen on site staff to the Council, including Ms. Goodson, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Waring.  He emphasized that the success of the project would depend upon the efficiency of the staff and stated that the staff selected for this project would be outstanding.  Mr. Theriault summarized how Paxen would implement the project, including the integration of the About Face Initiative, which was designed by the National Guard.  According to Mr. Theriault, the project will be implemented in the following phases:


I.                    Initial Assessment (TABE, COPS, Interest Inventory, Career Zone, Personal Interviewee)

II.                 Basic Education/Life Skills (Ninety (90) hours, covering fourteen (14) subjects)

III.               Entry Level Occupational Skill Training (Sixty hours of Work Experience with private for profit, non-profit and/or public employers, with a wage of $5.15 per hour)

IV.              Placement into Unsubsidized Employment


He indicated that Paxen is planning to enroll eight-four (84) individuals, with the first class to begin on May 10, 2004.  Mr. Theriault expressed his appreciation to the HempsteadWorks staff for their cooperation with his organization.  Ms. Goodson described how Paxen was recruiting participants, including the distribution of flyers, presentations to school boards, parent teacher associations, etc.


6.            Requests for Proposals


The members were informed by Dr. Dibble that the WIB had developed a new Request For Proposals (RFP) for Out-of-School Youth Services.  Mr. Kenny explained that the RFP was designed to identify and select service providers with the expertise to exceed the negotiated Performance Standards for youth programs under WIA and to also exceed the Common Performance Measures, which are soon to be implemented by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).  The members reviewed the budget page in detail.  Mr. Kenny explained that the budget was designed as a performance based reimbursement process aligned with the Standards and Measures.


7.         New Business


Dr. Dibble described the handout material, including a summary of the HempsteadWorks grant projects for Program Year 2003 (July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004).


8.            Adjournment


A motion was offered by Lt. Hines to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Nachman and adopted by the members.  The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 A.M.