Youth Council Meeting Minutes

03/21/2001

YOUTH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY CLUB

MARCH 21, 2001

Members Present:

Rosa Amaya, Parent

Rebecca Bell, Associate Executive Director, Education and Assistance Corporation

Richard E. Dibble, Ph.D., Chairman, Center for Industrial and Labor Relations, School of

Management, New York Institute of Technology

Elaine Durbin, Admissions Counselor, Dynamic Education Systems, Inc./Job Corps

Ana Maria Hurtado, Deputy Commissioner, Town of Hempstead Department of

Occupational Resources (DOOR)

Sherry Hines, Detective Sergeant, Village of Hempstead Police Department

Carol Ransom, Town of Hempstead Housing Authority

Others Present:

Edward Kenny, Planner, DOOR

Martin G. Murphy, Director, Long Island Staff Development Consortium, New York

State Regional Office

Annie Williams, State Representative, New York State Department of Labor

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. The meeting began at 9:10 A.M. Rebecca Bell, Associate Director, Education and Assistance Corporation (EAC), agreed to chair the meeting on behalf of Ms. Lawrence. At her request, the members introduced themselves and described their respective organizations.

  3. Review of Minutes
  4. The meeting minutes from June 15, 2000 were distributed and reviewed. On a motion made by Ms. Hines and seconded by Ms. Ransom the minutes were accepted by the Council.

     

     

     

     

     

  5. Discussion of Strategies and Goals

A summary of the activities of the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) since the last Youth Council meeting was provided by Mr. Kenny. He explained how the Youth Council fits into the local workforce investment area (LWIA) governance structure, as well as how WIB activities determine the sequence of meetings of the full membership, subcommittees and workgroups.

He explained that the Youth Council’s strategies and goals for Program Year 2001 (PY’01) will be significantly impacted by program activities conducted in Program Year 2000 (PY’00). This impact is due to the requirement of a year round approach to youth services. Because the majority of youth enrolled in PY’00 are still active participants working toward the goals established in their individual service strategies, our PY’01 allocation will be used primarily to maintain services to current enrollees.

In PY’00, 168 in-school youth were enrolled into year round activities under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). 203 youth were enrolled under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Summer Program. Youth enrollment levels are planned at 200 in-school youth under WIA and 150 in-school summer youth under TANF in PY’01. The members posed several questions that were answered regarding WIA and TANF eligibility.

A summary of United States Department of Labor Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 9-00, which contains procedures for providing youth activities, was provided to the Council. The members then discussed plans for funding contracts to youth providers in accordance with the TEGL. They also discussed the grant development activities being conducted by the WIB, including the Grant for Assessing Skills Shortages. With regard to the latter, the members agreed to complete a Community Assets Survey. The members expressed their support for the strategies and goals being pursued for PY’01.

4. Discussion of Provider Recommendations

The Council considered the following three proposals for One-Stop Vendor Services, which include One-Stop Services to Youth: City of Long Beach Office of Youth and Family Services, Drake Beam Morin and Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey. On a motion offered by Dr. Dibble and seconded by Ms. Bell, the Council voted to recommend to the WIB that these proposals be funded.

  1. Report of Long Island Staff Development Consortium Program
  2. Martin G. Murphy, Director, Long Island Staff Development Consortium, described the summer youth program operated by the State University of New York (SUNY) at Farmingdale in PY’00. He informed the Council that a total of 28 at-risk youth participated in the program, which was funded under a DOOR TANF contract. The participants were low income, economically disadvantaged students from the Roosevelt and Hempstead School Districts.

     

     

    The eight week program included occupational learning and work experience. The work experience component was conducted at the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Association of Nassau County. While maintaining a regular work schedule, the students were each assigned a UCP employee as a mentor. The students participated in career presentations and life skills training workshops. In addition, the participants spent one day per week in classroom instruction at SUNY Farmingdale.

    Mr. Murphy quoted one of the students as saying: "we came as strangers and left as friends." He indicated that the activities conducted on the university campus, as well as the exposure to role models on the work site, both increased the students motivation to succeed and enhanced their self image. Mr. Murphy expressed the desire to compete for funds in PY’01 to conduct a similar program. He indicated that this year he hopes to propose an intergenerational program through which adults would mentor youth participants and youth participants would mentor younger children. Several members requested and were provided with Mr. Murphy’s contact information.

  3. New Business
  4. Elaine Durbin of Job Corps described her efforts to recruit and serve youth in Nassau County. She indicated that she had developed a good working relationship with the Nassau County Probation Department, the Inc. Village of Hempstead Police Department and the HempsteadWorks System. She indicated the need to counteract gang infiltration, as well as other social ills that threaten young people. Ms. Hines described several grant programs underway in Hempstead, including: DARE,Weed and Seed, and GREAT, which is funded by the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. Ms. Bell described several new initiatives at EAC, including the Wheels to Work Program and the Reentry Program.

  5. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 10:41 A.M.