Assemblywoman Davila and St. Nicks Alliance team up to help job seekers
This is where economic development starts was the theme of the Job Fair that Assemblywoman Maritza Davila co-sponsored with St. Nicks Alliance’s Workforce Development. This job seeker meet-and-greet with local employers and employment service was held at Bushwick’s United Revival Mennonite Church. Those looking for work, career counseling, or trainings could find multiple opportunities.
Assemblywoman Davila saw an expressed need in the community for a career fair, citing the drastic change in the area, and the need for direction that many young people have. “We want to be able to provide those opportunities whether it’s through schools, colleges, or GED programs,” she said.
Aisha Murray, who is the Out of School Youth (OSY) program director for St. Nicks Alliance, works with 16- to 24-year-olds that are, unemployed, not in school, and seeking career guidance. OSY attends to emotional concerns via a social worker and technical aspects via a career developer. “The career developer is really hands on, [dedicated] to finding the perfect fit in terms of employment. [Participants] get placed to the most suitable position. After placement, we schedule bi-weekly meetings as a follow-up to see if they are progressing as they should,” said Murray. She stressed the importance of career fairs as a way to see what’s out there. “We’re here, there are job opportunities here, there’s training here. These are all opportunities.”
St. Nicks Alliance Workforce Development is located at 790 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY, if you are interested in their Out of School Youth services contact Aisha Murray, 718.302.2057 ext. 215