Building a Thriving Economic Future Today
At HERE to HERE, we believe in equity-driven initiatives that braid learning from work into academic pathways. That’s why we’re excited to support The Bronx Recovery Corps at Lehman College, a new Peace Corps-inspired initiative that combines work and learning for CUNY students while providing employers with the talent they need to recover and thrive.
The Bronx Recovery Corps is a key example of HERE to HERE’s work to build lasting, equitable career pathways for Bronx and NYC youth. Beyond enabling more young people to contribute their talent and lending support to local businesses that have been deeply affected by the Covid crisis, The Bronx Recovery Corps offers a vision of how scaled, work-based learning can strengthen our city—through this pandemic and long after.
The Need for a Bronx Recovery Corps
Through the ongoing Covid crisis, The Bronx has suffered disproportionate losses, and endured the greatest rises in unemployment across NYC, especially among young people. Nearly 50% of students have lost their jobs or were furloughed since and as many as seven out of ten are looking for work. Local employers—many of whom have faced long-term hiring challenges and talent shortages—are struggling to stay afloat through the ongoing crisis. The Bronx Recovery Corps is working to address these challenges.
The Bronx Recovery Corps is responding to the needs of the community and building the foundation for greater economic equity by preparing CUNY students for essential careers—not only the careers vital to NYC’s economic recovery but also the careers that will drive the future health of our city’s economy.
By ensuring more CUNY students receive paid work experience that positions them for future work and civic success, The Bronx Recovery Corps also ensures employers have the talent they need to recover today and thrive tomorrow.