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 hiring best practices that prepare young people for much-needed roles. Working with both Bronx-based and citywide companies, we are making employer-led, student-centered investments in tomorrow’s workforce.

Our 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, and a citywide employer coalition, the HERE to HERE Business Council,, to connect more students to paid internships and model hiring methods that actively cultivate future talent.

Work across silos with employers, educators, and community-based organizations to provide opportunities for students and businesses. 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 PIC and the HERE to HERE Business Council indicate the interest in and potential of an employer

The Impact

In 2018, the Bronx Private Industry Council Task Force provided more than 250 students with paid summer internship 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 HERE to HERE 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. In our work with the Bronx PIC and the HERE to HERE Business Council, we have engaged 44 companies 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.