Daily Archives: Jan 14, 2019

Recovering from Hurricane Maria, in 2019 the island represents so many fragile spots around the globe.

By: Mireya Navarro – New York Times 

For as long as I can remember growing up in Puerto Rico, El Morro, the indestructible fort with the endless lawns at the entrance to San Juan harbor, was where you went to fly a kite. And on a recent sunny afternoon, just as expected, a couple and their young son were there trying to catch an updraft to loft a plastic butterfly with a long blue tail into the sky.

On Fortaleza Street, an art installation of colorful umbrellas hovered above pedestrians, triggering countless selfies. A short ferry ride away from the old city, at the Bacardí rum distillery in the town of Cataño, visitors sipped cocktails in an open-air pavilion with a roof shaped like a bat in flight.

But as Puerto Rico tries to come back as a premier Caribbean destination after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Sept. 2017, just a short drive from the pricey beachfront hotels, hundreds of residents are still living under leaky tarps, their poverty on display in glaring bright blue.

The tourists celebrating birthdays would not know that the coffee farms will take years to recover — and the red mangrove forests decades — or that commercial fishermen in the town of Luquillo still can’t get their usual haul of lobster, octopus and conch. After the Juan Martín River jumped its banks during the hurricane and took over the dirt road to the beach, the fishermen said, access is so difficult that they need to car pool on four-wheel drive vehicles or they can’t fish as much.

Why should tourists worry about any of this? Isn’t a Caribbean vacation by definition an escape from life’s troubles?

But in the juxtaposition of its two worlds, the tropical paradise versus the struggling island, Puerto Rico is representative of the many fragile places around the globe right now: The islands facing a future of sea level rise and extreme weather. The arctic spots where winter itself is under threat. The cities where a combination of climate change and bad planning has resulted in devastation.

That is why Puerto Rico earned the No. 1 spot on our annual list of 52 Places to visit in the coming year. The island, and the other beautiful destinations now at risk raise an urgent question: Do we owe something to the places that make us happy?

“This is the new normal and people have to look at this new normal and embrace it,” said Martha Honey, executive director of the Center for Responsible Travel in Washington, D.C.

The trend in travel has skewed in recent years toward more awareness and sensitivity — eco-tourism, voluntourism, agritourism, the idea that as visitors we should not cause harm and should seek out authentic experiences that get us deep into the local culture. Perhaps it would not be such a stretch to redefine the relationship between leisure travelers and their dream destinations.

Traveling more consciously is not such a heavy lift, experts like Ms. Honey said. A baby step would be to take account of the realities of the place and then incorporate them into itineraries and more targeted spending — get out of the resort, patronize local businesses, reward hotels set back from the ocean with a stay.

If tourists did what Puerto Ricans like me do when they sightsee, they would eat roasted whole pig (“lechón asado”) in Guavate south of San Juan or seafood in the southern town of Salinas or bar-hop in the mountains among roadside restaurants and food shacks (“chinchorreo”).

Many will find that this new way of travel can lead to better vacations because it helps build a connection to the place, Ms. Honey said.

Tour operators say that those traveling this winter to Puerto Rico and other islands damaged by Hurricane Maria tend to be “repeats and loyalists” going back to what they already love. After a temporary drop, said Jack Richards, president and CEO of Pleasant Holidays in Los Angeles, which handles travel to 23 islands in the Caribbean, bookings started picking up last June and “Caribbean tourism is back with a vengeance now.”

“Everybody understands that the best way to help Puerto Rico is to book there and help the local economy,” he said.

Organizations that help tourists combine sightseeing with volunteer work, such as Para La Naturaleza, a nonprofit that works on reforestation, are reporting higher demand. There are now more opportunities to help. Having survived the worst of the hurricane largely on their own as the government’s response faltered, residents’ self-reliance or “auto-gestión” efforts have kicked into high gear, with many communities organizing and welcoming help to install solar lights, plant native trees, clear trails and launch rebuilding projects.

But just venturing out of San Juan to spread tourism revenue around can be enough. Puerto Rico’s recently formed destination marketing organization, Discover Puerto Rico, is steering attention to more far-flung attractions because, officials said, about 77,000 tourism jobs depend on it.

Another group, the Coalition for the Northeast Ecological Corridor, is working on plans for a new trail that would link “El Yunque,” the inland tropical rain forest, to the coast between the towns of Luquillo and Fajardo. Cristóbal Jiménez, the group’s president, said the corridor was poised to become a major eco-tourism draw — it is home to prime nesting grounds for the endangered leatherback sea turtle and to more than 800 plant and animal species.

They, like the 3.2 million residents of this American territory, are proving their resilience.

January 8, 2019

The Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc. (WDC) seeks to fill the following position:

Computer Instructor – Buffalo Employment & Training Center (BETC)

Part-Time/Temporary Position

Summary:  The computer instructor teaches the principles of computers to students of different ages and at different levels for ongoing training programs. The instructor is a vocational educator in the field of computer science and related technological areas who coaches and teaches students in the fundamentals of computer software and hardware. The instructor designs, facilitates, and teaches the computer instruction component. Prepare and execute lesson plans, assigning tasks, and evaluating student work and progress. Develop course syllabus, assess, supervise, and motivate adult students.  Salary:$30.00 per hour 

To apply and view the complete position description with REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, please visit https://workforcebuffalo.org/. 

Deadline for submissions is 4:00 p.m., January 22, 2019.

Avenue, Buffalo NY 14202

January 8, 2019

DE5361051

Number of Openings:

1

Company Name:  Buffalo Urban League  Job Title:

Case Planner

Minimum Experience Required:

1 year

Job Description:

General Duties: Responsible for providing weekly home-based intervention services and strategies to families identified by ECDSS to be at risk for child abuse/neglect Conduct assessments of ECDSS referred clients and evaluate for other needs that may affect the presenting problem Establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship with the client Collaborate with ECDSS and Community Partners to insure effective service delivery Maintain case files, and in general, meet contractual requirements as described Qualifications: Minimum BA/BS degree preferred in human services or related field; and at least one year experience in case management or implementing direct client services to multi-problem families Working knowledge of computers and computer software (NYS CONNECTIONS A PLUS)Effective verbal and written communication skills The ability to carry out assignments without direct supervision Typing & Computer skills Spanish speaking a plus Valid Driver’s License, Insurance, and daily access to a vehicle Ability to work flexible hours Competencies: Responsible for maintaining professional and positive relationships with referred families, ECDSS (CPS/CS) and community agencies. Must be able to use Microsoft Office Good interpersonal and empathy skills, along with the ability to relate well with clients, staff and others Able to communicate a warm caring and non-judgmental approach to individuals and families Basic computer knowledge and typing skills are required Specific  Duties: Provide mandated preventive services, outreach, case planning, assessment, counseling, and face to face contact in the home. Participates in case conferences, Service Plan Reviews, Staff Trainings; on an ongoing basis .Assist clients in developing measurable goals and individual service plans. Monitor client progress and provide direct assistance, as needed, to ensure intervention compliance. Advocacy with schools, courts, Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS), and other community outlets. Please note: This job description is intended to identify and list the responsibilities, duties and qualifications for the position. It cannot be considered allinclusive, however, as changing organizational circumstances can result in changes to some of those responsibilities, duties and qualifications. Further, every task supporting the functioning of the position may not be listed or not listed in detail. The Buffalo Urban League has a commitment to equal opportunity employment by affirming the value of diversity and by promoting an environment free from discrimination.

Job Location:  Buffalo, New York  Pay:

Starting pay not specified.

Benefits:

No benefits mentioned.

Hours per Week:

40

Duration:

Full Time, Regular  Work Days:

Not specified.

Shift:

First (Day)

Public Transportation:

Information not provided.

Minimum Education Required:

Bachelor’s Degree

Driver Licenses, Including Endorsements:

No Driver License requirements specified.

How to Apply:To apply, contact the employer, by email, or on-line:

Email: kevans-brown@buffalourbanleague.org

Web-site: https://nlx.jobsyn.org/ec65188279b14b66bd25e677b6c874e4161

 

DE5361109

Number of Openings:

1

Company Name:   Buffalo Urban League  Job Title:

Community Health Worker

Minimum Experience Required:

6 months

Job Description:

Job Summary :Will work in the clinic and in the community with specific target populations, in order to educate, navigate, and support individuals in Catholic Health Systems. Will work closely with the health and social work teams and other agencies to improve patient care and outcomes. Patients would be seen by the Community Health Worker in the clinic as well as the home or comparable environments. Assists with other duties as requested. Skill and Educational Requirements: Education: High School diploma or GED. Experience: Of and from the community being targeted and/or significant experience with and knowledge of the community, including shared life experiences. A minimum of six (6) months work experience in public health or in another position with the provision of social service, supportive services, personal care, or related duties. Basic office/customer service experience preferred Valid NYS driver’s license Knowledge, Skill and Ability: Compassionate, caring, and dedicated to understanding the needs and strengths of patients, their family, and the community. Possess basic working knowledge of communitylevel health issues and community systems and resources Reliable and dependable, function independently, have flexibility and personal integrity Able to communicate effectively with patients, their families, personnel, and other agencies Able to quickly establish rapport with patients and convey a sense of competence Able to relate to patients and life situations in a supportive, constructive, and professional manner Able to work as part of a team and interact with all departments within the organization Work directly with the assigned clinical staff (i.e., Care Manager, Social Worker, Nurse, etc.) on development of a treatment plan targeting barriers to stability and active engagement in medical/behavioral health care. Manage assigned caseload of clients under oversight of assigned clinical staff. Conduct assessments with clients, utilizing an asset and strength based approach, identifying access and use of health/behavioral health services, housing safety, food security, financial resources, education, employment and social Cont.

support networks. Assist clients to set personal goals, provide referrals for services to community agencies as required, conduct eligibility determination, assist with completing applications and registration forms, and assist with appointment management. Act as a client advocate and liaison between the client/family and community service agencies. Responsible for providing consistent communication to the assigned clinical staff, providers, and CHW Supervisor to report progress toward goals and any barriers to achieving progress. Participate in client case conferences providing providers with updates on clients’ progress/barriers to achieving progress. Able to travel locally for meetings with patients, providers, or community based organizations and services Able to problem solve and come up with creative solutions to help patients overcome barriers Ability to partner with patients to engage in customized care and service programs, and to recognize clients with severe problems and link to other services and/or communicate that information to the medical or social work staff Strong verbal communication skills, able to communicate clearly and politely Basic computer and data entry skills, ability to document interactions with patients Able to maintain confidentiality  Job Location:   Buffalo, New York  Pay:

Starting pay not specified.

Benefits:

No benefits mentioned.

Hours per Week:

40

Duration:

Full Time, Regular  Work Days:

Not specified.

Shift:

Not specified.

Public Transportation:

Information not provided.

Minimum Education Required:

High School Diploma

Driver Licenses, Including Endorsements:

No Driver License requirements specified.

How to Apply:

To apply, contact the employer, by email, or on-line:

Email: mirizarry@buffalourbanleague.org

Web-site: https://nlx.jobsyn.org/b4e14b8d3ab4473aad1dcff9ee0b86ba161

 

 

 

 

DE5361052

Number of Openings:

1

Company Name:   Buffalo Urban League  Job Title:

Case Manager- Employment Specialist  Minimum Experience Required:

2 years

Job Description:

General Duties. Provide worksite development, oversight, job placement, scheduling of participants and address any issues that are barriers to employment. Facilitate Work Readiness Curriculum to participants, Assess participant’s skills, interests and abilities and match education/employment placements, monitors and evaluate participant progress in placements, advocate and mediate any barriers or issues in regards to success. Oversees job placements. Participates in the interview screening process to assess the potentialparticipants for the program; help develop the questions for interview; advises, and explains regulations, rules, policies, and procedures to participants; may determine participant eligibility for services; apprises participants obligations under program participation; ensures that applications and other forms are completed accurately and thoroughly. Assesses participant’s education, work experience, skills, abilities,

 

Cont.

qualifications, and job interest; assesses participant readiness for job referral, classroom training, on-thejob training, and/or support services; attempts to match participants with available employment, training, or other opportunities/services. Identifies problems/barriers that hinder program participation and retention, and employability; assists participants in resolving and mitigating barriers to these areas by identifying the need for other services and benefits; counsels participants regarding recommended solutions and suggested supportive services. Analyzes information obtained from interviews, tests, and other sources to develop short- and long-term participant goals; develops and implements individual employment plans; ensures participant conformance with program rules and regulations, department policies, and employment plans. Contacts public and private employers in order to develop on-the-job training and/or direct job placement sites for participants; maintains cooperative relationships with employers, and support service and community resource agencies; identifies appropriate job placement opportunities for participants; maintains an awareness of local job market and opportunities to assist in providing guidance to participants; may arrange for employment interviews, attend job fairs, conduct special workshops, presentations, group orientations, or perform other training and outreach activities. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a related field with two (2) years of relevant work experience. Strong relationship building skills, experience working with diverse populations. Excellent verbal and written communication and relationship building skills.Competencies:1. Ability to work effectively with persons of all ages and diverse backgrounds, skills andabilities2. Expertise in program development for at risk youth3. Expertise at building relationships with other providers, funders and businesses4. Must be able to use Microsoft Office Please note: This job description is intended to identify and list the responsibilities, duties and qualifications for the position. It cannot be considered all-inclusive, however, as changing organizational circumstances can result in changes to some of those responsibilities, duties and qualifications. Further, every task supporting the functioning of the position may not be listed or not listed in detail. The Buffalo Urban League has a commitment to equal opportunity employment by affirming the value of diversity and by promoting an environment free from discrimination.

Job Location:   Buffalo, New York  Pay:

Starting pay not specified.

Benefits:

No benefits mentioned.

Hours per Week:

40

Duration:

Full Time, Regular

 

Work Days:

Not specified.

Shift:

First (Day)

Public Transportation:

Information not provided.

Minimum Education Required:

Bachelor’s Degree

Driver Licenses, Including Endorsements:

No Driver License requirements specified.

How to Apply:

To apply, contact the employer, by email, or on-line:

Email: kcolon@buffalourbanleague.org

Web-site: https://nlx.jobsyn.org/75a6775807884dbba747615e3ccf8cde161

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