SUNY Levin Institute Now Accepting Applications for JumpStartNYC

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Hands-On Training Helps New Yorkers Explore New Career Opportunities; Next JumpStartNYC session will start on September 12, 2011

SUNY Levin Institute - a 21st century model for learning, research and public engagement that addresses key aspects of globalization - will start the next JumpStartNYC program on September 12, 2011. Applications for the program will be accepted until August, 12, 2011.

Introduced by Mayor Bloomberg as an initiative to boost New York City’s economy after the financial crisis, JumpStartNYC is a three-month educational program that helps unemployed New Yorkers explore new opportunities and career change options. Part of the program is a consulting project with a small business, start-up, or non-profit organization that can be completed within 10 weeks as a part-time commitment. Projects are selected based on the participant’s interests and qualifications. Prior to starting the assignment, participants attend an intensive two-week bootcamp, and conclude the program with a capstone session. The next JumpStartNYC program will focus on opportunities for and with green businesses in New York City, one of the key growth industries for the City.

To date, JumpStartNYC has successfully delivered eight programs that helped more than 400 New Yorkers explore new career paths and opportunities. Approximately 50 percent of the participants have returned to the workforce or started their own business. The program also provides local small businesses, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurs with critical access to talent.

“JumpStartNYC is a win-win for businesses and job seekers. Small businesses benefit from access to highly-skilled talent that can help nurture their growth and become more competitive Participants can acquire new skills and discover multiple ways to transition their careers,” said Helene Rude, Director of Educational Programs at SUNY Levin Institute. ”We are proud that about 50 percent of the JumpStartNYC participants end up becoming more financially self-efficient.”

To qualify for JumpStart NYC, applicants must live in one of the five boroughs of New York City and be currently unemployed. Other requirements are a minimum of a four-year college degree and at least three years of business experience. There is no charge for participants to attend the program.

SUNY Levin Institute is hosting information sessions for program applicants and businesses on July 13, 2011 and August 2, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the SUNY Global Center in New York City. Companies can learn how they can benefit from JumpStartNYC by working with program participants on a project and give participants the opportunity to sample the entrepreneurial environment first-hand.

To apply for the program as a participant or as company with a specific project, please visit http://www.levininstitute.org/jumpstartNYC/apply.cfm.

For more information about JumpStart, visit http://www.levininstitute.org/jumpstartNYC/.
You can follow JumpStartNYC on Twitter @jumpstartnyc.

About SUNY Levin Institute of the State University of New York
SUNY Levin Institute of the State University of New York supports New York’s economic and social vitality through innovative and competitive responses to the challenges of today’s global economy. In partnership with NYC SBS, SUNY Levin Institute also runs the Kauffman FastTrac® program in New York City, helping entrepreneurs develop the skills needed to start, manage and grow a successful business. Learn more at http://www.levininstitute.org and http://www.facebook.com/gcmedia

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