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.

Context

In many low-income neighborhoods, such as the South Bronx, a young person’s chance of getting a high school degree and an employer recognized postsecondary credential is, at best, 20%. Roughly 65% of American jobs today require some sort of postsecondary credential, and for jobs offering a family-sustaining wage, the percentage is even higher. Focusing solely on college and academic preparation, independent of how they lead to career success, is not the answer.

 

Our Work-Based Learning Labs and Policy and Impact teams demonstrate the value of work-based learning to young people, businesses, and communities. Built from committed partnerships and best practices, HERE to HERE helps create robust talent pipelines for employers and greater career success for young people.

HERE to HERE is proud to have partnered and incubated the HERE to HERE Business Council which has scaled and evolved into the NYC Jobs CEO Council, CareerWise New York, The Thinkubator, and The Bronx Community Relief Effort.