Office of Children and Family Services

Office of Workforce Development

Our Public Sector Partners

New York State Education Department (SED)

New York State Education Department (SED) In addition to relying upon SED for educational, technological and curriculum expertise, OWD has greatly strengthened its occupational education initiatives through the federal funds made available to it by SED through Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act. This annual grant of $326,524 provides funding for the supervision, oversight and technical assistance of vocational programs operating in OCFS facilities statewide.

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Labor As the national agency that promotes the welfare of working Americans, administers a variety of Federal labor laws, and provides direct funding to innovative state program, the USDOL is an important OWD partner.

In 2003, USDOL invited New York State to join seven others to apply for grants to improve the academic and workforce preparation component of a residential juvenile corrections facility in their state. As the result of the OCFS application, NYS received $1 million to replicate the workforce development component of Children's Village, a residential treatment center in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Entitled "The Way," the program features a blend of job readiness instruction, a multi-level OJT program, job placement, and professional mentors who continue to follow the youth after release to the community. The project will be replicated at the OCFS Industry School in Rochester, NY.

New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL)

New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) An OCFS partnership with this sister agency is critical as OWD works toward its mission to transition NYS young people to self-sufficiency. NYSDOL is responsible for administrative management of the State's allocation of federal Workforce Investment Act dollars and for general oversight of the State's Workforce Development System.

New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP)

New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) As the only state organization that remains vigilant to the entire range of workforce development legislation, OWD is proud to be a NYATEP partner. OWD avails itself of NYATEP trainings and conferences and regularly participates in conference calls that bring together the employment and training community to share information and discuss issues pertaining to the populations they serve. In turn, OWD keeps NYATEP abreast of the youth workforce development agenda and is a source of information and consultation on the statewide youth serving network.

Association of New York State Youth Bureaus (ANYSYB)

Association of New York State Youth Bureaus (ANYSYB) OCFS counts ANYSYB among its closest partners. Although locally administered, the state's network of county and municipal youth bureaus are unified in their purpose to identify and meet the needs of the youth in their regions.

In order to effectively accomplish this mission, youth bureaus need to address the reality that their youth will need to successfully transition to self-sufficiency - and that means the provision of workforce development services. ANYSYB relies upon OWD for state-of-the-art models designed to prepare youth for the world of work, and for the technical assistance required to make them successful.

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