Coalition Organizers

Coalition Organizers

Invest in Skills NY is an advocacy partnership between the employers, economic and workforce development community with message that it is vital that the Governor and NYS Legislature to make a skilled workforce an economic priority. The core partners of the Invest in Skills NY campaign are JobsFirstNYC, NYATEP and Young Invincibles.  



THE ORGANIZATION: Nearly 118,000 New York City young adults are out of school, out of work, and out of options.Community-based organizations are stretched beyond capacity to meet their needs.Employers seek a well-trained and motivated workforce to replace retiring baby boomers.Funders demand measurable returns on their investment. Only a coordinated effort can answer these challenges .

OUR MISSION: To leverage all available community, corporate, human, organization, private and public resources to bring out-of-school and out-of-work young adults into the economic life of New York City.

OUR HISTORY: In early 2006, the New York City Workforce Funders Group and the Tiger Foundation, with assistance from Public/Private Ventures, laid the groundwork for an organization designed to focus attention and resources on the seemingly intractable crisis of disengaged young adults (18-24 years old). Citing the success of intermediaries in fields such as community development and public education, the business plan prepared by David La Greca found that New York City contained no neutral, independent, organizing mechanism to bridge the public/private divide, promote more effective investment, encourage employer involvement, improve provider quality, identify and spread best practices, or drive out underperforming programs. No “market maker” existed to rationalize what is an irrational, disjointed, and too often mediocre system. JobsFirstNYC emerged to play this role.

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The New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) is New York’s workforce association, providing leadership, vision and advocacy for a thriving workforce in New York State.   NYATEP’s 150 member organizations are deeply committed to workforce development as economic development and serve more than one million New Yorkers each year.  We value human capital as our greatest natural resource, and a key component to effective state and local economic development strategies.  

Founded in the late 1970’s, the association represents every county in the State, and includes workforce boards, providers of economic development, unions, colleges, literacy, education, job training, and employment services.  Members range from small community based organizations that work within neighborhoods or with special populations, such as veterans, youth, or New Yorkers with criminal justice histories, to huge institutions state universities.  To learn more about NYATEP visit