HERE to HERE enhances paths to rewarding careers for young people by uniting employers, educators, and community-based organizations. Our goal is to create a thriving, inclusive economy, in The Bronx and elsewhere, driven by meaningful partnerships between young people and employers.
As an intermediary, HERE to HERE supports partnerships, practices, and policies that enable employers to secure the talent needed to succeed and provide students with multiple pathways to family-sustaining careers and choice-filled lives.
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%. Moreover, by 2020 65% of American jobs will require some sort of postsecondary credential, and for jobs offering a family-sustaining wage, the percentage will be even higher. Focusing solely on college and academic preparation, however, is not the answer.
Emphasizing college and academic preparedness without comparable emphasis on career and work readiness, has created a number of unintended consequences. Today, students who do not complete college are often burdened with debt and remain underqualified for many positions that have traditionally not required a degree. For young people who do complete college, many--especially those in under-resourced neighborhoods-- remain under-employed and unable to access promising careers because securing entry-level, career-routed positions depends as much on your social network and access to opportunity, as it does on any credential.
Connecting learning to work creates more positive outcomes for students, as well as employers and the economy. Achieving racial and economic equity requires educators and employers to partner more intentionally, and to not assume all young people have equal access to opportunity. Making work-based learning available to all students, beginning at least as early as high school, is a win-win-win that benefits students, employers, and the entire community. When we braid school learning and workplace learning together, students are well-positioned to secure rewarding careers, employers are offered a qualified, diverse talent pipeline, and the community is better equipped to respond to today’s rapidly changing labor market. This model is a path toward an inclusive, thriving economy.
Examples of our current partnerships and initiatives:
Ongoing engagement with a network of ten Bronx high schools committed to embedding work-based learning into school design, curricula, and student supports including working with students in-school, after school, and during summers.
Partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) and its Bronx-based campuses to develop more robust employer engagement strategies and career-related student supports.
Development and incubation of the Bronx Private Industry Council in partnership with the Bronx Borough President to help employers address their talent needs and create paid work-based learning opportunities for Bronx students.
Establishment of the citywide HERE to HERE Business Council, co-chaired by Accenture and JP Morgan, to coalesce employer voice and identify systemic strategies to partner with NYC DOE and CUNY to cultivate and tap local talent.
Adaptation of the Swiss youth apprenticeship system to NYC, in partnership with CareerWise Colorado, to launch CareerWise New York in the fall of 2019 and crystallize the key policy obstacles that, when overcome, allow for scaled work-based learning.
The purpose of these partnerships and initiatives is multi-fold
The first is to align all key stakeholders along the shared goal of launching young people successfully into the labor market. The second is to demonstrate specific strategies and approaches that both prepare students for future careers and support employers in finding the talent they need. The third is to translate proven strategies into policy and practice so that ALL students and employers benefit.