Queens Community House
Queens Community House (QCH), the lead partner in this initiative, was established in 1975 in the wake of heated confrontations that erupted over the advent of low‐income housing in Forest Hills. QCH’s initial purpose was to heal and bridge a divided neighborhood through the provision of social services and local leadership development; 40 years later, its scope has expanded to serve a multitude of interconnected communities, as defined by such factors as geography, ethnicity, religion, age, and sexual orientation.
QCH today serves 20,000 people at 25 sites in 11 neighborhoods in central and southern Queens. QCH’s youth employment services impact more than 900 young adults annually, providing job opportunities, paid internships resume preparation and job interview skills. These include our Learning to Work programs at four DOE non‐ traditional high schools, offering students paid internships in a variety of fields that provide them with work experience and career mentoring opportunities. We support underemployed adults through our adult education programs serving over 300 English language learners daily, operate a network providing technical assistance to family day care providers, and provide job fairs and job referrals to Queens residents of all ages.
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House (Riis) is a community‐based non‐ profit organization that offers comprehensive services to youth, adults, seniors and families in Long Island City and the greater Western Queens community. Riis’s continuum of services works with youth from kindergarten through young adulthood and offers a pipeline to college and careers. The organization has been an SYEP provider since 2004. Riis Academy’s College Access Program (CAP), in operation since 2002, helps 9th through 12th graders in northwest Queens achieve college readiness and post‐secondary school success through academic assistance, one‐on‐one counseling, campus visits, college fairs and relevant workshops.
Sunnyside Community Services
Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) is a multi‐service community based organization serving approximately 14,000 individuals each year. SCS youth and family services are designed to help young people discover and develop their own talents and achieve their own educational and career goals, and their senior services help older adults remain as healthy and independent as possible for as long as possible. SCS began providing workforce development services in 1998, when its Home Health Aide Training Program was developed in partnership with LaGuardia Community College to connect unemployed or underemployed New Yorkers to opportunity in the growing field of home care. This program is now provided at SCS’s main location and includes employment counseling and follow‐ up services for recently hired home health aides. For six years, SCS has operated a Job Readiness Program which connects low‐income youth to educational and career counseling, job readiness training, and internships.
Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation
Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation (OBCDC)’s mission is to assist in the revitalization of the Rockaway Peninsula, improving self‐sufficiency and quality of life by making the neighborhood safer, with healthier, better educated, and more employable residents. OBCDC’s focus is on workforce, youth and economic development; it approaches these issues with a combination of strategies that include multi‐tiered job readiness, training, placement, and mentoring for adults; youth leadership development and job readiness programs; wraparound services for families through a combination of onsite and referral programs; and services for seniors to help them maintain their health and independence. OBCDC’s unique advantage is a deep understanding of the impact of generations of poverty on families and the hopelessness and helplessness that lead young people to stop expecting or seeking opportunities for mobility.