Our Work with Employers

The Employer Strategy helps businesses build and strengthen their talent pipelines in the communities in which they work by meaningfully engaging educators and adopting best practices in hiring to prepare young people for much-needed roles. Working with both Bronx-based and citywide companies, we are developing an employer-led, student-centered investment in tomorrow’s workforce.

The Goal is to strengthen connections between employers and students so better, more sustainable talent matches can be made. Through partnerships, HERE to HERE creates solutions that prepare students for meaningful jobs and equip companies with the workforce and workplace practices to fuel growth and innovation.

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Action Strategies

Build a network of employers in the Bronx and NYC through the creation of a local employer coalition, the Bronx Private Industry Council Taskforce, and a citywide employer coalition, the NYC Business Council, to connect more students to paid internships and model hiring methods that actively cultivate future talent.

Work across silos to provide opportunities for students and businesses by working with employers, educators, and community-based organizations to build sustainable relationships and systems that offer students sequenced and scaffolded experience. With the right infrastructure, students will be well-positioned for promising entry-level jobs and choice filled careers.

Make best practice common practice by strengthening cross-sector relationships and expanding the number of engaged employers. The active participation of employers in the Bronx Private Industry Council Taskforce and the NYC Business Council indicate the interest in and potential of an employer-led, student-centered strategy that addresses both employer and student pain points

The Impact

In 2018 the Bronx Private Industry Council Taskforce piloted summer internships, providing over 250 students with paid opportunities.At the end of the summer pilot, all employers reported both eagerness to continue an internship program and interest in recommending an internship program to other employers. At the citywide level, the NYC Business Council has developed three subcommittees to evaluate implementing youth apprenticeships at scale, review ROI models for hiring and advancing entry level staff, and analyze how we can leverage new technology to broaden opportunity for CUNY students. Since launching the Bronx Private Industry Council Taskforce and the NYC Business Council, HERE to HERE has engaged 20 and 24 companies, respectively, across a variety of sectors. We have developed partnerships with the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Community Schools, the Center for Youth Employment, ExpandED, and others. This year, we’re determining the economics for sustaining