Introducing BoBCAT President Aaron Dean. BoBCAT is more than a program to help individuals find a job in the Brooklyn borough.
Here at BoBCAT we are working collectively to change the community of Brooklyn through addressing the work force environment.
A group of concerned professionals created BoBCAT (Borough of Brooklyn Center for Arts & Technology) to address the problem of chronically high unemployment among underrepresented populations, principally Black and Latinx communities, in Brooklyn, NY.
To address this challenge, we established a training program with educational pathways to prepare our candidates for fields in which they can pursue living wage careers without needing a college degree.
We source our candidates through public schools, local universities, and community organizations.
In response to our conversations with various local employers throughout New York City, we work closely with prospective job providers to craft curricula which suit their respective needs and industry standards. More details in Programs Section.
We focus on young adults ages 19 and above, including unemployed youth and people who attended but did not graduate from college.
Based on research showing unemployment levels among our target populations are substantially higher than the national, state, or city averages in the neighborhoods of East New York, Brownsville, Bedford Stuyvesant, Flatbush and East Flatbush. BoBCAT will target central Brooklyn for our inaugural efforts, depending upon space and land availability.