We look at the bigger picture to identify resources, assets and opportunities among employers, educators and other institutions to create problem solving, win-win partnerships, develop shared language and goals, and drive systems change. If done well and at scale, then:
- Employers benefit from a previously under-tapped, diverse workforce that they and society need.
- Young talent discovers new avenues to build family-sustaining careers and choice-filled lives.
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 partners throughout the Bronx.
HERE to HERE is now 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 employer, high school, post-secondary and CBO partners.