Gun Violence Prevention Initiative

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Creating Opportunity for Young New Yorkers

New York State has launched a jobs program for Young New Yorkers ages 18-24 living in areas impacted by high rates of gun violence.

Gun Violence Prevention Initiative
NYS Department of Labor is partnering in New York City with the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) and other groups across New York State to provide job training, training stipends, credentialing and placement in good-paying jobs to young workers.
Program Overview

This effort is the 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.

Qualified Participants

The program will serve unemployed, under-employed and out-of-school youth between the ages of 18 and 24 living in areas impacted by high rates of gun violence.

Please note that youth enrolled in college or university will not be eligible.

Industries and Occupations

Participants can explore jobs, careers and trades in many areas, including:

  • Truck, Bus and Automobile Mechanical Repair and Maintenance
  • Commercial Drivers Licenses
  • Construction Management
  • Culinary, Baking and Food Service
  • Health Care
  • Building Trades Apprenticeships
  • IT Software and Support
  • Cyber Security
  • Building Services
  • Hospitality and Tourism


Youth Registration Form

Are you between age 18 and 24 and have interest in job training and placement services?

Register Here

Refer a Young New Yorker

If you are part of a non-profit agency, you are now able to refer individuals who you feel could benefit and succeed in this program. Click the link below to be redirected to the online interest form which will be sent securely to the Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions at NYSDOL. 

Complete the Referral Form