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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 04, 2013
No. 19
www.nyc.gov/parks

NYC Parks Computer Resource Centers Provide Career Training For Young Adults Through Digital Work NYC

Applications Being Accepted for Free Certification Program to Develop Skills for Professional Success

NYC Parks, through a partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has introduced DigitalWork NYC at NYC Parks Computer Resource Centers. DigitalWork NYC combines computer classroom training and online work opportunities to grow youth involvement in the business, entrepreneurship, and technology sectors.

“The Parks Department is happy to be part of DigitalWork NYC, an opportunity to increase technology awareness for New Yorkers,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. “Parks looks forward to providing this career enrichment training and support at our seven computer resource centers. This program is especially valuable to the young people of our city and their ability to contribute to our global knowledge economy.”

On March 25, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation announced the LINK – Leveraging Innovations and our Neighborhoods in the Knowledge economy – Initiative, eight new programs designed to connect low-income New Yorkers with opportunities in the city’s knowledge economy. The programs are designed to strengthen the skills and employability of New Yorkers with low incomes and to foster business activity that provides employment opportunities for those with less formal training, helping to alleviate key challenges that prevent many from moving up the economic ladder.

One of these programs, DigitalWork NYC, is being offered at NYC Parks Computer Resource Centers (CRCs), which are staffed by highly qualified technology professionals eager to engage New York City’s young adults in their search for employment in the digital workplace. Young adults can better compete for employment opportunities by gaining valuable work and educational experience.

CRCs are providing this program to over 200 young adults ages 16-26. Those who apply and are accepted will devote 20 hours weekly to online work and certification training for 10 weeks. Applicants can have a choice between specializing in Adobe Creative Suite 6 or Microsoft Office 2010. In addition to content-specific training, students will also work on resume writing, interview techniques, customer service, time management, and budgeting.

Upon completion of this program, each participant will be able to take a free certification exam (usually $110) and will receive a free 1-year recreation membership. Participants demonstrating outstanding skill improvement will have the chance to win a new laptop. Upon completion of the program, every candidate will also receive job, internship, and educational placement support.

Participating Recreation Centers offering DigitalWork NYC include St. Mary’s in the Bronx, St. John’s and Brownsville in Brooklyn, Jackie Robinson and Hansborough in Manhattan, and Al Oerter and Sorrentino in Queens.

Computer Resource Centers (CRCs) are located within NYC Recreation Centers and provide free digital learning resources for center members of all ages and abilities. Starting with only one public computer lab at Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center in 1997, CRCs have grown to 30 locations throughout the five boroughs.

CRCs aim to improve low-income community opportunities through providing over 200 classes per week, internet access, one-on-one technology education, job-training workshops, and individualized opportunities for personal growth and achievement. CRCs also provide opportunities for teenagers through RecYouth, a multimedia program that engages teens in video, audio, and graphic design projects. CRC youth programs are offered to kids enrolled in Afterschool programs and from the local community. Youth activities in CRCs include homework help, media literacy projects, and creating newsletters about health, fitness, and the environment.

For more information on the DigitalWork NYC program, interested participants can email digitalworkcrc@parks.nyc.gov. Applications are available online at http://tinyurl.com/digitalworknyc.

Further information on NYC Parks Computer Resource Centers can be found at http://www.nyc.gov/parks/crc.

CONTACT: Arthur Pincus / Phil Abramson (212) 360-1311

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