The Jamestown area has been approved for funding under the Gun Violence Prevention Initiative (GVP) awarded by the New York State Department of Labor.  New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) is partnering with Chautauqua Works to provide job training, credentialing and placement in good paying jobs to young workers who reside in the Jamestown Zip Code area 14701, which has been impacted by high rates of gun violence.

This effort is a first-in-the-nation gun violence disaster emergency and comprehensive strategy to build a safer New York.  This initiative treats gun violence as a public health crisis and includes short-term solutions as well as long-term strategies that focus on community-based intervention and prevention strategies to break the cycle of violence.

To be eligible for this program, the participant must be

  • Out of School
  • Between the ages of 18 and 24
  • Residing in 14701 Zip Code

Chautauqua Works Staff will complete an Initial Assessment and Individual Service Strategy at an in-person meeting.  The following workforce preparation services will be available and provided as needed:  Workplace culture and expectations, Application completion, Resume preparation and how to review/talk about/describe a resume, Interview preparation and mock interviews, Job Search assistance, Labor Market Information sharing and explaining, Training options exploration, Career exploration and guidance, Training Provider information sharing, Assistance with employment and training provider application processes.

Based on their individual needs, the participant may potentially be placed in a paid Work Experience with a local participating employer.  The goal, at the end of the paid Work Experience, is that the participant has the potential to turn their experience into a job opportunity and the employer has the opportunity to hire the participant as part of their workforce.  It is a win-win situation for everyone.

“We plan to work with all of our partners on all aspects of this program to ensure that as many potential participants can access these services and are provided the highest quality and most impactful experience resulting in positive outcomes.”  states Katie Geise, Executive Director.

If you are eligible for this program, or know of anyone who may be eligible, please contact Tyler Volk, Youth Development Coach at Chautauqua Works at (716) 969-4988 or (716) 487-5193 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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