Thursday, December 16, 2010
By Michael George
December 16, 2010 – New York City – As the New Year approaches people like to believe, and think, understandably so, that the time is right for a new beginning. The reality is that anytime is a good time to start reaching towards a new goal or establishing things we’re hoping to accomplish. At ParentJobNet, we understand that finding employment in these uncertain times can be tenuous at best; however, accepting the journey as a prelude to reaching the destination is all part of the process.
A major ingredient in any process, and one of the few certainties in life, is change. A few things have changed since we started this series last month. We were following the journey of Susan and Nathan who were both meeting with Lisa Chan, an EVP for a private company and volunteer Job Developer for PJN. Susan, a mother from
, was making her second visit to PJN for a session concerning revisions of her resume. Susan has stayed involved with PJN’s Computer/Job Readiness workshop as she continues to seek employment. She had been in contact with organizations seeking employment but the outcomes are still pending. Manhattan
Lisa discovered that Nathaniel, a first time visitor to PJN, had experience as an entrepreneur and a real interest in working on environmental issues and with people. Nathaniel’s enthusiasm level was lifted after the meeting and he left with assignments to re-do a hastily put together resume, which emphasized more of his potential, and to give some real thought to figuring out what he wants to do as opposed to just finding any job.
“I’ve been looking at job training programs and I want something that’s solid,” said Nathaniel at the time.
Currently Nathaniel, who recently became the father of a baby girl, remains steadfast in his determination to have a say so in his destiny.
“Things are going good,” said Nathaniel via telephone.” I’m working on getting my GED and putting my resume together. It has been difficult at times because I have a little daughter now, but I’m still on course. Everything feels more open now.”
Part of Nathaniel’s experience had been as a counselor at a drug rehabilitation facility. However, not having a GED became an obstacle to him keeping the position and stymied any possibility of advancement. Statistics have shown that high school graduates make an average of $200,000 more than non graduates and a college degree will net you $1,000,000 more over a lifetime of employment. This fact isn’t lost on Nathaniel, who also explored a job possibility listed in the PJN classifieds, working for Amtrack.
“When I was a counselor, having a GED at least, was a requirement,” recalled Nathaniel. “I eventually want to get a bachelor degree. I’ve found a little part-time job, so I’m doing a little better for myself, but I want to plot my own course, not stay where I am forever.”
Nathaniel’s positive outlook can only be an asset as his story continues to unfold.
The other change that’s taken place is that now I am doing job development as part of my duties at PJN. So far the experience has been gratifying and eye-opening. One client in particular however caught my eye mainly because of her vastly overlooked potential. She is not alone though because several of the clients that come through PJN are full of potential. Putting them in the right situation to positively exploit that potential is what PJN hopes to do. With Flora, the client’s name, that is exactly what we hope for. Flora, originally from
and a first time visitor to PJN, was interested in improving her English skills, the lack of which makes her very nervous in interviews. Ecuador
Flora opened up a bit after being reassured that PJN could help with her request. She didn’t have a resume, but after a while Flora revealed she attended college in
Ecuador for three years, studying civil engineering, and Hostos Community College in the Bronx where she had accumulated over 50 credits. She also has computer skills (Lotus), loves calculus and has been a math tutor. Flora has a lot of employable skills; however she is lacking confidence, weighted down by her need to improve her English skills, which frankly aren’t terrible.
“I have things I want to improve,” said Flora. “And I don’t want to be taken advantage of because of my English.”
Flora, a single mother, is putting together her resume and taking ESL classes at PJN. Like Susan and Nathaniel, Flora, like so many PJN participants, has specific employment needs and desires, but quite often a boost of confidence in their own abilities, is the catalyst they need to lift themselves to another level.
“I want to be sure and practice [interviewing] skills,” said Flora. “I like this type of personal counseling. It makes me feel confident and keeps hope alive in my heart.”
With that type of sentiment in mind, how can any of us have anything but a Happy New Year.
For more information or questions call PJN at 917-546-9104 or 917--546-0971. Or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of public school families as they seek to build a sound foundation for their children. Although it’s been a difficult year for some of us, we are reminded of and grateful for the enduring loyalty and support of our friends.
In appreciation for all of your support, anyone who donates to PJN by December 31st will be entered into a raffle for a new Kindle. The Kindle winner will be announced at 4pm on December 31st via a posting on our website, and the Kindle will be sent the same day.
During the 2009/10 school year, we touched the lives of hundreds of public school families in a variety of ways: by successfully providing job placements and referral services to over 70 individuals; teaching over 15 classes, workshops, and events; serving over 600 in our programs and services; and donating over 30 items to needy families.
December 2010 marks our 6th anniversary! For six years, ParentJobNet connected
public school parents with school-based literacy and other essential job-readiness skills, employment services, and social service benefits to help sustain them and their children in this economy. The families who take advantage of our English as a Second Language, computer classes, job-readiness workshops, financial literacy workshops, professional networking events, and a host of other workforce services are better positioned to find and compete for jobs. We are proud that we offer these essential supports, and a sympathetic ear as well, all free of charge. New York City
Our experience has proven over and over again that families who are able to find and keep good jobs are better situated to provide a stable home environment for their children and support their education.
In honor of our SIXTH anniversary, we’re asking you to celebrate with us by donating in SIXs:
● $6 pays for classroom handouts for 6 participants in our programs
● $60 pays for one English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher to teach one session
● $600 pays for 60 hours of resume preparation service
● $6,000 pays for six 6-week sessions of workforce training program
Even six dollars lets us know that our programs and services matter to you. Our Board members will match the first SIX donations and someone will win a Kindle!
Please donate by mail or on-line. Click HERE to make a donation. Thank you in advance for your support of ParentJobNet!
With much gratitude,
P.S. ParentJobNet is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization, and your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Our next Financial Literacy Workshop, sponsored by Chase Bank, is scheduled for Thursday, December 9th (12-2pm) http://www.parentjobnet.org/Da
Read the article from our last workshop: http://www.parentjobnet.org/Data/Sites/1/Flyers/moneymatters.pdf
Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. is looking for qualified people to fill the following positions in their after-school program:
- Group workers for 1st-8th grade
- 2 Reading Specialists
- 3 Writing Specialists
- 2nd & 3rd Grade Teachers
- 5th, 6th and 7th Grade Teachers
- Tutors,( Regents and ELA)
- Student Advocates
Interested and qualified candidates should send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at 917-546-9104.