Creating futures for young people on probation
On June 12th, hundreds of youth and mentors from close to two dozen non-profit organizations gathered at the ARCHES Employment Summit to build their youth’s networks and up their professional game. Rose Placencia, CCFY’s Training Manager, coordinated the conference speakers, workshops, information sessions, volunteers, and ARCHES participants’ work shifts.
After registration and a hardy breakfast, Vincent Schiraldi, NYC Probation Commissioner, and Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College, welcomed the young people and their mentors. Next, Ruben Austria facilitated a panel discussion with ARCHES mentors about their experiences while on probation. For the remainder of the day, mentors and mentees attended breakout sessions on resume building, how to address felony convictions when applying for jobs, starting small businesses, financial aid, GED classes, interview preparation, and more.
During lunch, Julio Medina of Exodus Transitional Community moderated a panel discussion with business leaders. Youth had an opportunity to connect with a number of employers who support hiring young people with justice-system involvement.
After two more afternoon breakout sessions, participants were treated to a closing reception. A live band and light refreshments set the scene for a number of raffle giveaways, an open mic session, and parting words from the captivating Rev. Alfonso Wyatt.
The young people left with ARCHES messenger bags, free ties and scarves, summer jobs secured through the Department of Probation, and new perspectives on securing employment. Thanks to the work of Julie Peterson and Pose Placencia, the Employment Summit was a phenomenal success!