The Work

Our work is far-reaching, and we aren't afraid to stretch in order to achieve our goals. Our efforts are rooted in our deep relationships with our partners and community. While we try new approaches, we base our work in four foundational areas:


Build a robust network of partners

We are investing in building the connections and culture that support our work, including opening new community hubs where all of our partners can collaborate and develop shared solutions.

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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 just with other employers. We coordinate actionable steps for entire communities to come together, because no one entity can do this work alone.

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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.



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 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 led by Abby Jo Sigal, founding CEO, and supported by a team of nearly 20 professionals and a network of dozens of employer, high school, post-secondary and CBO partners. 

Our work is also made possible by critical funding from the Carnegie Corporation New York and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our young adults kept coming back to us as they made urgent professional and life choices. We needed to do something differently in how we work with young people and employers which is why we helped launch HERE to HERE.
— Tim Lord and Jason Duchin, Co-Executive Directors, DreamYard