Archive: Youth

5th Annual Healthcare Career Day on March 22nd!!!

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“Serving Community Healthcare in the Finger Lakes”

Career Exploration Day for 9th and 10th grade students in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties interested in learning more about current and emerging careers in Human Service and Healthcare fields.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Finger Lakes Community College

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

FLCC Canandaigua Campus 3325 Marvin Sands Drive Canandaigua, NY 14424

If you’re a parent/guardian wondering if your school has signed up, you can contact our office at 315-789-3131 or contact your school!

For more information and to sign up as a school, exhibitor, presenter or sponsor visit:


FLWIB Receives Agricultural Grant for Youth Event

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Karen Springmeier, our Executive Director, and Pat Gopen, our Youth Systems Coordinator are pictured above accepting a check from Ann Shephard of the NYS Agricultural Society Foundation for our first Agriculture Youth Career Exploration event entitled “Building the Agricultural Intellect of Finger Lakes Youth” to be held in Spring 2016!  Stay tuned for more details!

Youth RFP 2015-2016






The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc., as fiscal agent for the Finger Lakes Workforce Development Area is soliciting proposals for the operation of federally-funded youth programs in compliance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Funding will be for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. intends to award the RFP for three additional program years, dependent on contractor’s meeting  performance goals, quality of service or product that has been provided, timeliness of start-up and meeting of delivery schedules, cost projections for next year and the availability of funds. Other factors may be considered if applicable.


The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 introduced significant changes for youth programming at the local level.  The Workforce Investment Act focuses on serving out of school youth and targeted youth populations through youth development activities that will reinforce positive social skills in youth.  The legislation mandates strong ties with the business community, not only as employers, but also in an expanded role as advisors, funders, trainers and economic developers.  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act places an increased emphasis on work experience activities, serving individuals with disabilities and veterans.  The intent is to develop a skilled future labor force. Eligible participants must be between 16 and 24 and meet specific eligibility criteria as noted in the RFP.


The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) is the local governing board for the federal WIOA legislation.  This Board is comprised of representatives of local businesses, labor organizations, education providers, public agencies and other entities interested in workforce development issues.  The FL WIB, Inc.  is the entity responsible for policy development and implementation for programs funded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for the counties of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates.


Funding available to serve youth in the four-county region for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 is approximately $400,000.00 (subject to official notification from the New York State Department of Labor).  Please note the14 elements of the legislation that can be funded (see RFP).  Proposals may be funded for one or more elements, however, all proposals must indicate how programs link to the other elements and must include a Memorandum of Understanding with other partners.


Respondents must meet the criteria outlined in the Request for Proposal (RFP) and must be in compliance with policy and regulations set forth by the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

 New WIOA Youth RFP PY15-PY16 (pdf)

Detailed Requests for Proposals may be obtained between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Apri1 10th, 2015 at the address noted below, or by calling Dinah Brennan at 315-789-3131.  You may also access the RFP at our website:



GENEVA, NY 14456


The Herman Trend Alert

The following “Trend Alert” is a direct result of Ms. Gioia’s visit to the Finger Lakes on October 22nd. The Exploring program offers so much for young people in our area! Read on for more information.

November 19, 2014

Exploring What Works in Workforce Development

There is a quiet revolution happening in communities around the world. Workforce and economic developers, school administrators, and forward-thinking corporate executives are collaborating to help youth choose the “right” careers for them. One of the best solutions we have encountered is called “The Exploring Program”. This program offers a model that may be copied for young people around the world.

Sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America and the Seneca Waterways Council, The Exploring Program is operated for middle and high school youth in the Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes region of New York in the United States. Exploring is a career-education program that allows students to learn more about particular careers through a series of hands-on activities led by working people. Through Exploring, young people mature and prepare themselves to become responsible and caring adults.

Local community organizations initiate an Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.

Everyone wins with Exploring. The youth win because they gain career information, insight into their future vocations, plus they enjoy a sense of acceptance and belonging to the “right” group. They participate in adult-like activities, having practical, real, and meaningful hands-on experiences in safe environments. It also keeps them involved in positive youth activities, avoiding negative behaviors. Finally, they have opportunities to try leadership roles and develop their skills, not to mention their chances to develop career and personal skills.

The company’s employees benefit as well. Because they are “teaching” young people, they gain greater job awareness, they develop their own leadership and problem-solving skills, and they enjoy the opportunity for greater community involvement.

Finally, the organizations benefit in many ways. Companies develop team-building attitudes within their companies. They have the opportunity to interpret adult occupational roles for youth, while preparing young adults for transition from school to work. The companies demonstrate their visible commitments to the welfare of their communities. In these days of workforce shortages, their biggest win is that they are having opportunities to influence young people to choose them for their first employers, and to ensure their own success into the future by creating this valuable pipeline.

Wise employers, large and small, will do everything they can to reach out in their communities to create programs like this one where everybody wins.

For more information go to, or call the Exploring division at: 585-244-4210.

Copyright 1998-2014 by The Herman Group, Inc. — reproduction for publication is encouraged, with the following attribution: From “The Herman Trend Alert,” by Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurist. 336-210-3547 or The Herman Trend Alert is a trademark of The Herman Group, Inc.”

Spotlight On…



Finger Lakes Works…with their hands! is our annual Skilled Trades and Advanced Manufacturing career exploration event. Every year several hundred students and school personnel from all area high schools and BOCES districts attend this exciting event. More than 50 businesses, trade unions, colleges and organizations will provide hands on demonstrations and activities for the students including welding, pole climbing, nail driving competitions, engineering skills, bricklaying, electrical wiring, the actual operation of heavy equipment and much, much MORE!

In addition to Careers in Construction and Skilled Trades, students can learn about Advanced Manufacturing and Alternative Energy. Demonstrations on the importance of working safely in a construction environment are also included in the day. All participants enjoy a science show entitled ‘Physics is Phun!’  Students can participate in a variety of Skilled Trades challenges for the opportunity to win one of 5, $50 Gift Cards. Both the exhibitors and the students have always indicated that this is a great way to learn more about career and educational opportunities in our Finger Lakes area.

To register your school, click here.

To register as a volunteer, click here.

To sponsor this event, click here.

To register an exhibit, click here.

For more information, please contact Pat Gopen at or at (315) 789-3131 ext. 104

Skilled Trade Jobs are IN DEMAND!

Don’t be fooled by what some people tell you about the Skilled Trade Industry. These careers are always in demand and require determined individuals to fill them.

Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) Discusses the WORST Advice Ever (click here!)

Our event, “Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!”, for local High School students will be held on October 2nd. This event introduces students to careers that involve skill, hard work, intelligence, and creativity. For more information please see:

WIA Youth Success Story 2014 – Wayne County

Cindy Quinones-Ubiles enrolled in the Wayne County Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program in 2009 after completing a Summer Youth Employment program experience at the Wayne County Humane Society in July 2009. A combination of counseling and supportive services, Cindy’s motivation, perseverance, and drive to succeed, have resulted in the success of her achievements.Youth Success Story - Cindy

Cindy’s Achievements and accomplishments include:

  • Overcame basic skills deficits in math and reading 2010
  • Overcame language barrier as English is her second language
  • Obtained her learners permit and NYS driver’s license
  • Succeeded in her GED training @ WF Lyons High School L BOCES resulting in an External Diploma/High School Diploma from Lyons Central School
  • Attained her OSHA 10 Certification WFL BOCES
  • Work Experience @ Wayne County Nursing Home, Lyons Community Center
  • Achieved CNA Certification obtained her NYS license
  • Obtained unsubsidized CNA employment April 21, 2014 at Newark Wayne Community Hospital’s DeMay Living Center.

Cindy has acquired a confident personality, new skills, and credentials that have helped her achieve career and personal success.  It was and is her motivation and gentle personality that makes Cindy pleasant to work with and that which will assist her in her current career choice.  She is an inspiration to those around her and a success story that should be shared and recognized.

WIA Youth Success Story 2014 – Ontario County

Carlos Merced is 23 years old and has been in the Ontario County Workforce WIA Youth Program since 2009.  He was a young man struggling to become self-sufficient and successful in his life.  He came with a hunger for success.  His hunger sometimes became his greatest stumbling block as he struggled to remain focused and on track.  His goal was to move forward.Youth Success Story - Carlos

Carlos’ Achievements and Accomplishments include:

  • Completed the Bridge Program with FLCC February 2009
  • Obtained his NYS Learner’s Permit and NYS Driver’s License
  • Overcame basic skills deficits in math and reading
  • Succeeded in GED training @ FLCC resulting in an (External) High School Diploma April 2013
  • Completed Customer Service training and achieved a Credential June 2013
  • Completed his Summer Work Experience @ eWaste (formerly 2trg)
  • Completed an On-the-Job Training program @ eWaste, obtained unsubsidized full time employment
  • Entered Post-Secondary Education at FLCC Spring of 2014

Carlos overcame personal and educational barriers to achieve the success he is now experiencing.  He remains determined to move forward with his life and to become an example for his younger siblings.