Ulster County Workforce Investment Board
Youth Council Meeting
February 9, 2012
Present: Terry Bell, Emily Bender, Lydia Diaz, Bill Doughman, Arlene Foy Reynolds,
Victoria Gore, James Hanstein, Eric Houghtaling, Kathy Keyser, Bonnie Landi, Elaine
Lawrence, Shakia McComb-Johnson, Mark Pisano, Janet Rigaux, Sue Repko, Jess
Robie, Genevieve Salerno
Excused: Lisa Anson, Tammy Gillon, James Rhein, Nancy, Schaef
1) Welcome and Introductions
2) Approval of January 12, 2012 Minutes -- Kathy Keyser corrected NYSERTA to
NYSERDA. Arlene Foy Reynolds changed Youth Council to Youth Bureaus. "The
deputy Commissioner ..." has been stricken from the record. With those corrections,
Bonnie Landi approved the minutes and Kathy Keyser seconded, all was approved.
3) Reports from Sub-Committees -- Due to the trouble people have been having with
attendance to the Sub-Committee meetings, it has been decided to extend the Youth
Council's meeting time and use that new time to break into our sub-committees. Those
members that are on more than one committee will have to choose which one they'd
like to be on.
Transportation Sub-Committee-- Lydia Diaz -- Businesses at the mall do not meet on a
regular basis as was originally thought, nor do they track the information pertinent to the
survey the com. was originally seeking. A survey on survey monkey was discussed as
an option of execution to reach out to the employees, instead of the businesses. The
other thought was getting information about the Ulster County youth demographics,
such as location, age range, where they are looking to work, what types of jobs they are
looking for, what disabilities if any they have. The sub-committee is also looking forward
to looking at the surveys completed by the Transportation Council, which was recently
completed. Also, the Transportation sub-committee would like to meet with their
stakeholder companies to discuss the use of buses and vans. They are looking for ways
to coordinate their services to better serve the population. A letter was drafted to the
agencies involved in the council to invite them to a meeting with the coordinators. Lydia
Diaz asked if the committee felt it worthwhile to survey area employees. The Youth
Council feels that it is valuable information. Lydia Diaz will draft a survey and send it to
the Youth Council to look over.
Public Relations and Business Outreach -- Kathy Keyser -- Attempted to have a
meeting last Wed but there wasn't enough attendance. Meeting will hopefully be after
the next youth council meeting.
Job Fair Sub-committee -- The Powerpoint presentation has been completed by Bill
Doughman. It will be finalized at the next sub-com meeting. A schedule for promoting
the job fair will also be finalized and the details of the Kingston Job Fair will be ironed
out. Sub Com met with the principal of the Kingston High School and he is supportive of
the Job Fair. There is a meeting in the works with Joyce Minard of New Paltz for a Job
Janet Rigaux presented the Ulster Works website with emphasis on where the Job Fair
information will be posted. Reaching out to area libraries with this information was
suggested and accepted as a good idea.
4) Presentation of Gateway Services – Victoria Gore – In the OPWDD program,
individuals get to go out and experience community life, develop independent skills, arts
and craft activities, movie days and other things. Pre vocational services are also
provided in their work centers. Gateway works with different school districts to provide
work experiences to different individuals who are focused on going out to work instead
of finishing their high school careers. The value of this program is that it enables youths
who do not have any work experience get a head start. Food service, house keeping
and maintenance are some of the experiences offered to youth who enter into the
program. They also learn work readiness skills such as the importance of showing up
on time, and how to interact with their co-workers and supervisors. A student works with
a vocational counselor and after about a month or so develops a vocational plan. With
this plan, come goals that, once met, will enable them to work in the community. The
number of days a student attends the work center is up to the school district, but
typically it ranges from one to three days. Gateway pays the wages to youth enrolled in
this program. Age range and eligibility are, depending on the specific job interest, 16 at
least, though some of them need to be 18. They also need to have a disability
Personalized Recovery Oriented Services called CREATE -- Center for Rehabilitation
Education Advocacy Treatment and Employment. Clinical services are offered, and
courses are available for individuals to take. Depending on what their barriers are,
classes range from how to get to recovery and how to sustain it. Budgeting, learning
how to drive, and regaining what they had in the past as far as skills are offered. If an
individual has a vocational goal but their disability created a barrier to that goal,
assistance is available to get individuals back to a place where they can work in the
Gateway has two work centers (one in Kingston and one in New Paltz) which supplies
services to individuals who need help navigating the "intricacies of working". OHM,
unfortunately, can no longer assist Gateway with their sheltered work environments.
Therefore, it is up to the agency to provide funding for these projects. To anticipate this
need, Gateway has been contracting out the products assembled by staff at the work
centers and developing a factory setting. Other vocational services are being developed
5) Announcements and New Items -- Arlene Foy Reynolds is retiring from full time
employment. The Youth Council thanks her for her time and wishes her the best in her
No Name Calling Week was last week, and the culminating event was an anti-bullying
webinar which is available on the County website.
The Chocolate Lover's Brunch is this Sunday. Tickets are available on Family's website
and at the door.
Lydia Diaz will be sending a flyer out about the Parents as Partners conference on
March 14th from 4:00 to 7:30 at the George Washington Elementary School. Child care
and pizza dinner will be provided as well as raffle prizes.
6)Adjourn, next meeting March 8th, 2012 at 8:30.