On Feb. 1, 2016, five Syracuse community activists visited with the Syracuse Jobs Matter team to discuss the past, present and future of issues facing unemployed and underemployed people in Syracuse. Much of what these five said in a two-hour roundtable discussion shaped the foundation of the Syracuse Jobs Matter project. Listen to audio takeaways from each of the five community activists.
Sharif Anael-Bey is a lead organizer for Operation Proclamation, also known as The Act 6 Movement, an organization in Syracuse dedicated to African American political capital acquisition via civic education and mobilization. His group is an active partner with the Urban Jobs Task Force.
Sharon Owens is the chief executive officer of the Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility Inc., which operates the Southwest Community Center in Syracuse. She is also a co-chair of the newly formed Greater Syracuse HOPE, which stands for Healing, Opportunity, Prosperity and Empowerment, and is a local poverty initiative for Syracuse and Onondaga County.
Fanny Villarreal is the executive director at the YWCA in Syracuse, a housing program for women and their children that assists with educational and employment referrals, independent living skills and more. Over the past two decades, she has served the community in various not-for-profit roles including Family and Community Development Director at P.E.A.C.E Inc., and executive director at the Spanish Action League. She is also the founder of Nosotros Radio Inc., "Your Latino Voice," and co-founder of the NYS Hispanic Coalition.
Aggie Lane is a member of the Urban Jobs Task Force, an organization committed to establishing policies and other strategies to ensure community benefits like job training, housing and other positive outcomes for local Syracuse residents.
Darrell Buckingham is a workforce development specialist at CNY Works in Syracuse, a not-for-profit organization that receives federal funding through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. CNY Works' mission is to provide a single profit for entry for workforce information by bringing businesses, job seekers and training providers together with the goal of providing skilled workers for every business and employment for every job seeker.