2018-03-28 / Front Page

Rozic, YMCA Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment, Workforce Development In Budget

Assembly Member Nily Rozic (D,WF-Fresh Meadows) partnered with YWCA divisions from across New York to call for adequate funding for women’s workforce development programming in this year’s state budget. Joining her in Albany was YWCA of Queens Executive Director Katherine Kim.Assembly Member Nily Rozic (D,WF-Fresh Meadows) partnered with YWCA divisions from across New York to call for adequate funding for women’s workforce development programming in this year’s state budget. Joining her in Albany was YWCA of Queens Executive Director Katherine Kim.Assembly Member Nily Rozic (D,WF-Fresh Meadows) partnered with YWCA divisions from across New York to call for adequate funding for women’s workforce development programming in this year’s state budget. Joining her in Albany was YWCA of Queens Executive Director Katherine Kim, along with YWCAs from Brooklyn, Orange County, Binghamton, Cortland, Schenectady (northeastern New York state), and Troy (Greater Capital Region). “Women are the backbone of our economy. That’s why we need to do much as possible to support workforce development for women,” said Assembly Member Rozic, Chair of the Assembly’s Task Force on Women’s Issues. “Something that will help us achieve that is investing in workforce training services that assist women on their path towards economic self-sufficiency whether married, single, with children or not.”

This year’s executive budget proposal includes a $175 million allocation for workforce investments that would be coordinated by a new Office of Workforce Development. Together with the YWCAs of New York State, Rozic is advocating a portion of these funds to explicitly address the economic security of women. “The YWCA of Queens is so encouraged and excited by State Assembly Member Rozic's efforts to allocate funds for female, single heads of households. For over 40 years the YWCA of Queens has stood as a beacon for the newly arrived female residents of Queens, providing ESL, High School Equivalency classes, workforce child care and other services to help them in achieving self sufficiency,” said Kim. “Women have historically been overlooked when it comes to employment support and Assembly Member Rozic's stewardship of this initiative shows a nuanced understanding of the barriers that female, single heads of households face in gaining and keeping employment. Passage of this bill will be good for women, and good for Queens!”

YWCA of Queens, under the leadership of Director Kim, stands out for its efforts to support immigrant women in workforce development via adult ESL classes, a mobile food pantry that serves 350-400 individuals in northeast Queens during each giveaway, and Know Your Rights workshops educating individuals on issues such as housing and employment discrimination, Rozic explained, adding, “Together with the YWCAs of New York State, we must bring more awareness to the specific needs of women, who could benefit from a portion of these funds focusing on women’s economic empowerment.”

With recent stats showing that 4 in 10 American households with children under 18 have a mother who is either the sole or primary earner for her family, Rozic supports the creation of a new Office of Workforce Development that would be charged with coordinating and maintaining all workforce training programs across the state.

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