Enhancing Pathways through Powerful Partnerships.
HERE to HERE links employers, educators and diverse community stakeholders in concerted action to enhance career pathways for young people in low-income neighborhoods.
Beginning with 10,000 young people in the Bronx, we are demonstrating a powerful new approach for equipping an entire generation with the knowledge, skills, experience and social capital that lead to lifelong success.
Through partnerships, we are amplifying proven best practices to drive systems change that will help all young people access family-sustaining careers and choice-filled lives.
The HERE to HERE Opportunity
Nearly half of U.S. businesses are having trouble filling high-quality jobs: the kind that support families, build communities and improve everyone's quality of life.
At the same time, millions of young adults in low-income neighborhoods are left out of the economy because they lack the networks to find opportunities and the skills and experience companies are desperate to find.
Many pioneering efforts have begun to solve these two problems:
Employers are expanding partnerships in communities such as the South Bronx to develop future talent and build direct onramps to their businesses.
Educators are embedding real-life learning into their curricula and leveraging wide-ranging community assets to help young people identify their vocations, rapidly gain skills and realize their dreams.
Young people are designing their own education, navigating new experiences, and developing professional networks as well as contributing to creating more effective pathways for their peers and people in the community.
Many other stakeholders -- including nonprofits, public officials and policymakers -- are working to fill the gaps with essential services, trying out new ideas and incentivizing progress towards a new system.
Together, these innovations harbor the potential for transformational, community-wide impacts.
But most are still too fragmented today to achieve this goal. Ideas that could make a much bigger difference are never realized or never scale. Even when there are successes, they don't become widely known and others don't emulate them. We know it's possible to build a vibrant ecosystem that helps all young people achieve their full potential.
But only if the pieces come together.
HERE to HERE makes it possible to build a vibrant ecosystem that helps all young people achieve their full economic potential -- as long as all the pieces come together.
We look at the bigger picture to identify the community's resources and assets among employers, educators and young people. Then we help those groups connect so they can discover ways to help one another for the good of them all:
- Employers get access to an untapped and diverse workforce.
- Young talent discovers new avenues to build careers and better lives.
- Educators gain alternative ways to engage students and give them purpose.
And entire communities flourish.
Our work is far-reaching, and we aren't afraid to stretch in order to try to achieve our goals. A lot of our efforts involve deep relationships with our partners. While we try new approaches, we have four foundational areas we are always working on. Specifically, we:
Identify and map untapped talent
We are laser-focused on helping businesses identify, cultivate and recruit their future leaders by investing early and often in young people’s potential.
make best practice common practice
Too often, the term “best practice” denotes an approach that is effective, but rare. We are not just identifying ideas that work -- we are helping others make them routine.
BREAK DOWN SILOS
Everyone wants young people to succeed. But truly coordinated action does not organize itself. It is not enough for educators to talk just with other educators, or employers with other employers. We will provide substantive and beneficial new ways for everyone to pull together, because no one entity can do this work alone.
Build a robust network of partners
We are investing time, talent and money in building opportunity-focused interconnections and culture that our work will make possible -- starting with our goal to change the lives of 10,000 young people in the Bronx. This work will include opening new community hubs -- spaces where all our partners can collaborate and develop shared solutions.
HERE to HERE began in 2015 as a collaborative project between The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation, Big Picture Learning and DreamYard. The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation also generously supported HERE to HERE's start-up costs and makes direct, incentivizing investments in our first cohort of community partners throughout the Bronx.
Now HERE to HERE is emerging as a freestanding organization. It is led by Abby Jo Sigal, as founding CEO, working with a team of 10 professionals and a network of dozens of school, post-secondary and CBO partners.