The New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) recently selected Rockland BOCES Youth Connections Program Coordinator Stephanie Compasso as its first-ever Greg Newton Leadership Fellow. The NYATEP Fellowship for emerging leaders was announced in 2018 in honor of New York’s longtime advocate for front-line staff professional development, Greg Newton.

The Fellowship provides a $2,000 stipend to an emerging leader in the fields of postsecondary, workforce or economic development to support their yearlong immersion in the field of workforce development. At application, candidates are asked to describe how they will pursue their career advancement and how they plan to share this learning with the broader field in New York State.

Stephanie has been the Youth Services Coordinator for Youth Connections at Rockland BOCES since its creation in 2015. This federally-funded program provides work experience, training and counseling to out-of-school youth in Rockland County. In addition to guiding and supporting hundreds of local youth, Stephanie earned a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from SUNY New Paltz and is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Family Sciences and Human Development from Montclair State University.

“It is an honor to be selected as the inaugural Greg Newton Leadership Fellow. As a practitioner in workforce development, I have witnessed firsthand how critical it is to have support from our state leaders and NYATEP’s role in advocating for that support,” said Stephanie.

NYATEP partners with workforce boards, business organizations, education and training providers, economic development entities, organized labor, elected officials and government agencies to promote a thriving New York economy.

We are proud of you, Stephanie!

Compasso Award