Economic Empowerment & Career Development

The Your LIC team conducted community outreach activities focused on Economic Empowerment and Career Development along the Long Island City waterfront. The outreach included meetings with the Queensbridge, Ravenswood, Woodside, and Astoria Houses Tenants Associations as well as online submissions at YourLIC.nyc. This outreach culminated in a public meeting with approximately 120 community residents on November 21, 2019 at Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement.
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Read Our Economic Empowerment & Career Development Community Stories Below:



The Your LIC team conducted community outreach activities focused on Economic Empowerment and Career Development along the Long Island City waterfront. The outreach included meetings with the Queensbridge, Ravenswood, Woodside, and Astoria Houses Tenants Associations as well as online submissions at YourLIC.nyc. This outreach culminated in a public meeting with approximately 120 community residents on November 21, 2019 at Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement.
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Read Our Economic Empowerment & Career Development Community Stories Below:




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  • Support system

    by Yaazieli , 5 months ago

    As an employee in different places I was usually lucky to work with other staff and leaders who trusted me and motivated me to develop and grow in my career path. The healthy work environment facilitated flexibility in my search for the right positions and the right areas for me to become an expert in. When I did volunteering outside and inside the US I learned what fields I was more interested in and was provided a space to learn more about it. My leaders there provided support in the process of applying for school. These same leaders remained as... Continue reading

  • My story about Urban Upbound

    by Rodney Jones, 5 months ago

    My experience with Urban Upbound and attaining the skills to gain employment was a good experience for me. I was unemployed and wanting to attain my CDL. I went to Urban Upbound and spoke to Bishop Taylor who directed me to his staff that helped me get voucher to take to Ferrari Driving School. I completed the drivers training and was able to gain employment as a Paratransit driver.

  • Opportunity Agenda for LIC

    by Hannah, 5 months ago

    4. What resources do we need to realize a future of economic empowerment for our community?

    A true opportunity agenda for the community would include investments in jobs creation, small business support, workforce development, education and training, financial empowerment, affordable housing, housing assistance, and tenants rights. I suggest the creation of an economic empowerment fund and a housing stabilization fund to support innovative programming and services, along with the physical development of affordable commercial space for small businesses, discounted manufacturing space, affordable housing at a range of incomes, an incubator space, a workforce training center, and park space. The initiative... Continue reading

  • Feedback Session

    by JW, 5 months ago

    1) Networking. Determination. Help from others. Hard Work. Missing has been meaningful guidance from someone who was just as invested in me as I am in myself.

    2) Soft skills are a must. Not presenting as someone who would be a good culture fit for the organization is a reason I have passed on candidates. Also, people apply to jobs but seem most interested in something else upon interviewing so I am concerned about retention and therefore pass.

    3) Lagcc has many business services that can be a resource for this, but one thing that is missing is a place/resource... Continue reading

  • Training in the field of IT and Digital Marketing

    by Qazi Adil, 5 months ago

    I think we need more resources in the form of training. I think training in the field of IT and Digital Marketing will help the community in getting better jobs. That will empower the community as a whole. Jobs in these fields are increasing day by day and I think the workforce should have the skillset to apply for these jobs.



  • The unknown career journey

    by Julie, 5 months ago

    My career has been impacted by great mentors who shared their careers. I got my first job through a family friend and was introduced to the world of community heath, something I did not know existed prior. Each subsequent job lead to exposure to other careers and industry I had not know previously.
    As I meet others in the community, both professionals in the tech and healthcare industry and community partners doing workforce development programs, they share similar experiences. Particularly in tech, there are a lot of opportunities and career paths available that no one knows about and thus cannot... Continue reading

  • Mentorship as a community need

    by Seema, 5 months ago

    Our experience validates that training only partly prepares an individual for an upward-bound career. Incentivizing employers and senior professionals to give back to the local community by helping newer professionals navigate the complexities of work is a needed mandatory intervention that will advance skill development and long-term employee retention.

  • Becoming a software engineer

    by Wynter, 5 months ago

    Upon receiving an email from my district councilman, I became aware of Pursuit. Which is a competitive year long school in Long IslandCity who focuses on low income minorities with an interest in technology. This program taught me everything I know about full stack web development. After a rigorous year, I am now employed at Pursuit as an Instructor Associate. I am grateful for this opportunity to merge my education degree with my newfound knowledge of technology. I hope that there will be more employment opportunities for my classmates and incoming cohorts.

  • What I learned in Computer Class

    by LISA DIXON, 5 months ago

    I was so glad when I heard that the RRA was giving free Computer lessons. I was so rusty. I haven't been on the computer in so long. I have learned how to make flyers, Cards (x-mas), reports, letters, how to put color, change text. The size the font and more!!! Then we went into Power Point, that is so fun. I have learned how to make great presentations. We even learned how to do some E-Cell. The class was great and the Teacher was the Best!!!


  • Getting the young people ready for the future.

    by Carol wilkins, 5 months ago

    As growing up in Ravenswood we use to have training or classes in the community center. I would like to see soft skills training for our young people today. I would like to see home economics how to take care of the family. I’d like to see shop classes opened for the youth. To teach them how To work with wood, tools and be able to build. Learn printing and writing how to work on a computer. I know they don’t do printing anymore but work with the skills and writing and using the computer to help them advance themselves... Continue reading