Our Mission

HERE to HERE enhances paths to rewarding careers for young people by uniting employers, educators, and community-based organizations beginning in The Bronx and New York City. Our vision is a thriving, inclusive economy, in The Bronx and elsewhere, driven by meaningful partnerships between young people and employers.

Our Strategy

HERE to HERE is a critical connector between students, educators, and employers. We analyze the big picture, research best practices, and bring leaders together to change education and employment systems in The Bronx and beyond.

There are many organizations thinking about the future of work and education, but it takes financial resources, trusted partnerships, and a strategic perspective to redefine the systems that unfairly burden Bronx Black and Brown students as they pursue their career ambitions. The challenges are often interrelated, and there are limits to what any single person or single organization can do alone.

Every day, we mobilize the collective expertise of students, business leaders, educators, and local leaders to bridge the gap between education and meaningful careers for all young people.

HERE to HERE Partners to

  • Align all key stakeholders along the shared goal of launching young people successfully into the labor market.
  • Codify, invest, and demonstrate specific strategies and approaches that both prepare students for future careers and support employers in finding the talent they need.
  • Translate proven strategies into policy and practice so that ALL students and employers benefit.

Our Approach

HERE to HERE’s northstar is an effective youth talent development system that works for all Bronx and NYC students, regional employers, and the economy. Everyday our team works hard and partners with others to realize this northstar. To get there, we relentlessly focus on elevating student career success as the primary, shared goal of educators, public agencies, employers, and others who seek a thriving, inclusive economy. We also amplify and champion the organizations and influencers that pursue programs, policies, and research that demonstrate the value proposition of focusing on student career success and model strategies that can expand best practice to reach all Bronx and NYC students.

Work-Based Learning in Action

Work-based learning opportunities offer young people real-work contexts to explore career paths, apply academic learning, develop technical skills, and build a professional network. Such opportunities provide young people with the perspective to make important academic and career decisions, develop a deeper sense of their passions, and build their workforce readiness. At the same time, work-based learning opportunities introduce businesses to the next generation of talent and provide them with a strategy to hire and retain young workers.

HERE to HERE partners with schools and employers to embed and enhance work-based learning opportunities for students in The Bronx and NYC. Our goal is to develop demonstrations of scalable strategies to grow quality work-based learning opportunities for students. We are particularly focused on partnerships with NYC public high schools and The City University of New York (CUNY) colleges.

Policy and Impact

HERE to HERE works alongside young people, businesses, and communities to prioritize student career success and champion change by showing the value of work-based learning. 

We conduct and review research, codify and document best practice, and advocate for the programs and policies that drive an effective youth talent development system. Central to such a system is increasing access to high quality, employer-engaged work-based learning experiences and career pathways for students in grade 9-16 institutions and New York City businesses. For high school and postsecondary institutions, this means changes to policies and funding streams that guide how schools provide education that prepares students for lifelong career success. For businesses, this includes changing the role employers play in developing talent and connecting to their communities.

Our policy, research, and impact are guided by two overarching and overlapping areas of focus:

  • Elevating student career success as the shared and primary priority of students, families, communities, educational institutions, public agencies, employers, and elected officials. 
  • Making best practice common practice by mobilizing practitioners and policy-makers; learning from data and practice; codifying best practice that places Bronx students at the center of the work; investing in opportunities that will accelerate and expand best practice; and reimagining existing policies, institutions, and infrastructure.

Raising Student Voice

To achieve our vision of an equitable, inclusive economy, stakeholders must align. Yet all too often we discuss and make changes without engaging students, those most affected by institutional change. Recognizing this, HERE to HERE places student voice at the center of our work. We partner with students and demonstrate authentic co-creation with young people, not only to promote work-based learning, but also to support student participation in the design of work-based learning opportunities in their school and community.

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