We continue to listen intently and support our network schools in their transition to virtual learning. This assistance includes the creation of a resource guide, support with transitioning to the virtual implementation of a work-based learning curriculum, and addressing other needs as raised. As schools become more settled in the new normal, HERE to HERE’s Work-Based Learning Labs team will begin supporting schools in planning for summer and fall. We are also beginning conversations with schools interested in joining our network for the coming school year.
Our Efforts to Date Include
- Continued Outreach: HERE to HERE’s Student Ambassadors are conducting outreach in their schools to help us diagnose critical needs, be it food, technology, or other resources that we can provide directly or through our philanthropic partners, the public sector, and employer leaders.
- Laptop Donation: Responding to identified gaps in technology for students conducting online learning, The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation, with facilitation from HERE to HERE, donated over 600 laptops and hotspots to schools in the HERE to HERE high school network.
- Championing SYEP: We are responding to New York City’s recent decision to cancel the 2020 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Please visit our COVID-19 Policy and Advocacy page for more information and ways you can help.
- Supporting Youth Apprenticeship: CareerWise New York continues to move forward with its second cohort of apprentices. Please visit this CareerWise New York page for more COVID-related updates.
Links and Resources
- HERE to HERE’s COVID-19 Resources: Created by our Work-Based Learning Labs team, this is a growing database of Bronx and NYC resources for HERE to HERE network schools, students, and families.
- #SaveSYEP Campaign Toolkit: A document that provides context for why SYEP matters and actions you can take to help save the program.
- Advocates for Youth’s Resources for Youth and Students: Built by young people for young people, this document gathers local and national resources to help support youth, students, and their families through COVID-19.
- Database of Localized Resources During Corona Outbreak: Community-based organizations, nonprofits, and individuals can use this database to find existing local relief efforts as well as effective models to begin or enhance their own efforts.