District Attorney Cy Vance speaking at Times Square Ink graduation
Are you facing barriers to obtaining work?
Would you benefit from one-on-one career coaching?
Do you need access to a vast network of New York City employers?
Times Square Ink is a job training and placement assistance program that connects low-income New Yorkers with the world of work. As part of the comprehensive programming, participants partner with employment specialists to learn skills that will enable them to gain and retain employment. With the support of program staff, and other participants who are facing similar situations, participants are able to secure the skills needed to succeed in the workforce.
Employment specialists provide support to participants both during the program, and after they’ve completed the eight week session.
The staff members assist participants to:
- Gain computer and office management skills
- Work with job developer to identify and apply for employment
- Understand how to talk to potential employers about your criminal history
- Obtain state identification, Social Security card, and other work-related documents
- Apply conflict resolution and time management tools in both the workplace and at home
- Learn how to use to Internet effectively to search for job vacancies
Times Square Ink incorporates Thinking for a Change, a cutting-edge program that helps participants improve decision-making skills and identify how their actions, feelings, and thoughts affect their behavior in everyday life.
Participants who graduated from the program went on to work with such firms as:
Times Square Alliance
The program is 4 days a week for 6 weeks, 9AM to 2PM, and the staff provide:
- Free Metrocards
- Lunch and snacks
- Gift cards
- Passes to museums and sporting events
- Free family trips
- Access to computers and the Internet
To apply or learn more, please contact Jonathan Monsalve, Program Coordinator, at (646) 264-1343.
A New Start for a Midtown Community Court Workforce Development and Fatherhood Program Participant
When Phillip Quintero Jr. left prison at age 30, he came home to an eight year old son and few job prospects. With his family relationships in need of rebuilding, and little on his resume, Phillip knew he needed help to get back on his feet. After making a promise to his son to never sell drugs again, Phillip entered the Workforce Development and Fatherhood Program at the Midtown Community Court, a six week program to help fathers develop the skills to find employment and reconnect with their families. Finding a job was a daunting task. Phillip said his “biggest hurdle was having a resume with something [on it] worth looking at,” so he could find a job to help support his family.
Recognizing that fathers often face difficulties as they prepare their resumes and go on interviews, the Workforce Development and Fatherhood Program teamed up with Morgan Stanley and New York Cares to provide real-world experience to the fathers in the job training program. The volunteers worked one-on-one with participants who were able to hone their presentation and interview skills. Lance, an attorney at Morgan Stanley, worked with Phillip, and gave him feedback on his mock interview, noting that “he’s been able to turn something negative into a positive, by searching out programs while he was incarcerated, and right now, with this program.” Lance said, “[Phillip’s] become motivated by the internship… It shows in his mock interview, and really built his confidence.” Phillip said the interview preparation helped him, and that he “feels really good…I don’t see [anybody] stopping me.”
Generously donating their time during Morgan Stanley’s Global Volunteer Month, the volunteers also believed the mock interviewing was rewarding for them. Khristine said, “We came in thinking we have something to teach but I think they all come from different walks of life, and they taught me.” Echoing the sentiments of both the Morgan Stanley volunteers and the fatherhood program participants, Nancy, an attorney, said she likes to “give…advice on how to give the best impression. It can change [a person’s] life.” Equipped with new ideas about how to market their skills, Phillip and the other fathers are more prepared to dive deeper into the job readiness program-and it’s only the first week!