Last week, the Economic City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC) published “Bridging New Yorkers Into Good Jobs: A Toolkit for Expanding Bridge Programs in NYC,” a report created in partnership with The Door, General Assembly, and Per Scholas.
The report makes the case for a substantial expansion of bridge programs across New York, both through increased investment by City agencies and through expanded private philanthropic funding. A conservative estimate suggests that as many as 590,000 New Yorkers could be served by bridge programs in the near term, indicating an urgent need for more such programs to build on the existing ecosystem.
“We were thrilled to partner with many of the key institutions charting a progressive new path for workforce development in New York City on this report,” said Eric Weingartner, CEO of The Door. “As the work our Career & Education team does every day demonstrates, bridge programs that offer a high level of wraparound supports and services are one of the most effective tools the City has to fight poverty and get young people on pathways to economic self-sufficiency.”
The Door’s participation in the report was led by Andrea Vaghy Benyola, the former Managing Director of The Door’s Career & Education program.
“This report demonstrates that bridge programs provide vital support for New Yorkers even when the labor market is tight – meaning that they’ll be even more critical in the current economic crisis,” said Elizabeth Hoagland, Director of The Door’s Bronx Youth Center. “Between June 2019 and August 2020, NYC lost more than 750,000 jobs, most of them low-wage and low-skill. Effective partnerships that help New Yorkers transition to more stable, higher-paying fields such as technology, health care, and landscape architecture are needed more urgently than ever.”