Youth Council Meeting Minutes - November 8, 2001


November 8, 2001

Members Present: 

Rosa Amaya, Parent
Edmond Anderson, Glenmont Job Corps
Lois Benjamin, New York State Education Department Vocational Educational Services
                               for Individuals with Disabilities
Richard E. Dibble, Ph.D., Director, Center for Industrial and Labor Relations, School of
                               Management, New York Institute of Technology
Lieutenant Sherry Hines, Hempstead Police Department
Ana-Maria Hurtado, Deputy Commissioner, Town of Hempstead Department of 
                               Occupational Resources (DOOR)
Alan Nachman, President, Diversified Micro Systems, Inc.

Others Present:

Jacqueline Dennis, Hempstead Public Schools
Edward Kenny, DOOR
Terry McKnight, DOOR
Annie Williams, State Representative, New York State Department of Labor


1.      Welcome and Introductions 

The meeting began at 9:00 A.M.  The members introduced themselves and described their respective organizations.


      2.      Review of Minutes 

The meeting minutes from June 21, 2001 were distributed and reviewed.  On a motion made by Ms. Hurtado and seconded by Ms. Amaya, the minutes were accepted by the Council.


3.      Appointment of Chairperson 

The members were informed by Mr. Kenny that Ann Steinger, Chairperson of the Workforce Investment Board (WIB), has appointed Dr. Dibble as the Chairperson of the Youth Council.  Ms. Hurtado described the long and productive association between our local workforce system and Dr. Dibble.  She informed the Council of the outstanding contribution that he has made over the years.

Mr. Kenny informed the Council that Ms. Benjamin of VESID was also appointed by Ms. Steinger as a member of the Council.


4.      Disaster Assistance Update 

The Council received an update from Mr. Kenny regarding the activities undertaken by the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) and the Town of Hempstead WIB in response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  Due to the lack of new funding to address the demand for services arising from this event, he stressed the need for Council members, One-Stop partners and other stakeholders to share information regarding program opportunities.  This information will be disseminated throughout the system.  Ms. Benjamin indicated that VESID had applied for a 5 million dollar disaster assistance grant to aid individuals with disabilities and that it received an award of 4.2 million dollars.


5.      Revised Web Site 

A demonstration of the revisions to the local workforce investment system Web site was provided to the Council.  The proposed change of the system name from Universal Resources to Hempstead Works was discussed, along with the proposed new domain registration.


6.      Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title I and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Youth Programs Update 

The Council reviewed the statistical outcomes under both of the above categorical programs, as well as the shared system services activities for youth.  The Council concluded that the programs were exceeding their performance goals.  Lieutenant Hines requested clarification of the WIA Title I performance standards in relation to the system.  Mr. Kenny explained that the entire system was evaluated in terms of the WIA Title I performance measures.


7.      Academic and Occupational Learning Curriculum Feedback 

Speaking as a coordinator for the WIA/TANF Youth Programs, Ms. Dennis indicated that the Paxen Group’s adVenture curriculum was successfully implemented in the Hempstead School District in the past summer.  She indicated that early pre and post testing contributed to the program’s success.  Mr. McKnight demonstrated the contents of the adVenture backpack material.  The material was reviewed by the Council.


8.      Development of a Mission Statement 

The Council reviewed the mission statement of the New York State Workforce Investment Board’s Emerging Workers Subcommittee.  At the request of Dr. Dibble,

Ms. Benjamin and Mr. Nachman volunteered to work with Mr. Kenny to develop a mission statement for our local Youth Council.  This workgroup will report back to the full Council.


9.      New Business 

Dr. Dibble expressed his appreciation for being appointed as Chairperson.  He invited the members to contact him at (516) 686-7722 with any comments or suggestions.  The meeting was in his view a good start toward meeting the challenges that lie ahead.


10.  Adjournment 

A motion for adjournment was offered by Ms. Benjamin, seconded by Lieutenant Hines and adopted.  The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 A.M.