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JARC Week features a series of events on equitable economic development, including a Bronx Borough President Candidate Forum. BRONX NY – Today, the Steering Committee of the Jerome Avenue Revitalization Collaborative kicked off JARC Week, a week-long series of free virtual events to introduce area stakeholders to the Jerome Avenue Revitalization Collaborative (JARC). JARC Week […]

Salamanca and nonprofits announce NYC clean-up funding totaling $160,000

As budget cuts slashed $106 million from sanitation in June, the borough’s cleanliness has taken a turn for the worse. This became evident when the Bronx was recently ranked the lowest for cleanliness. Stepping up to the plate to address this issue is Councilman Rafael Salamanca. On Wednesday, Oct. 7 the councilman announced an allocation of $160,000 […]

New York Post: Intervine allows New Yorkers to pivot their careers

If you’ve been laid off, now is the time to pivot your skills into a new career Some people think they’ve hit a dead-end when the industry in which they’ve built their career downsizes, temporarily closes or shuts down. But “there’s no reason to lose hope,” said Kenneth Johnson, president of East Coast Executives, a recruitment […]

HOPE Featured in The New York Times: When the Economy Stalled, They Needed Laptops to Move Ahead

By John Otis The first time William McCollum was released from prison, his mother pleaded with him to stop selling drugs. But Mr. McCollum, who had had previous run-ins with the police, made no such promises. “Nobody’s going to help me,” Mr. McCollum recalled thinking those decades ago. “I screwed my life up so now I […]

HOPE Appoints Lauren Samuel as New Board Chair

On July 1, 2020, The HOPE Program officially welcomed Lauren Samuel, Barclays Strategy, as its new Board Chair. Lauren’s appointment builds on her ten years of board service and four years as Board Chair of Sustainable South Bronx. On August 6, Lauren shared the following remarks: Dear HOPE Community, With great pride, I am introducing […]

80+ Businesses & Human Service Leaders Release Plan for Inclusive Economic Recovery

Critical investments and supports needed for small businesses, workers and community-based organizations to build an inclusive local post-COVID economy READ: Recovery for All: A Vision for New York City’s Equitable Economic Recovery Full Report + Executive Summary NEW YORK – In response to the growing crisis of unemployment and small business collapse in New York […]

HOPE Executive Director Appointed to Labor and Workforce Sector Advisory Council

NEW YORK—Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed members to the following Sector Advisory Councils: Labor and Workforce; Large Business; Small Business; and Arts, Culture, and Entertainment. Sector Advisory Councils will inform the Administration’s efforts to restart the economy and city life. The councils will serve as critical links to disseminate information about re-opening and provide […]

Job Seekers Meet Obstacles and Opportunities Amid COVID-19

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, 22-year-old Mahutin Paul was planning to travel in March to San Antonio, Texas, for the National Society of Black Engineers’ annual convention. Paul—a mechanical engineering student at City College—is hunting for a summer internship, and also hoping to line up a full-time job for when he graduates in December. But […]

HOPE Program pushing to help job seekers stay prepared, employed during pandemic

    The Hope Program is pushing to help job seekers stay prepared and employed during the coronavirus pandemic. “We have an expression, we say, ‘When you’re Hope, you’re Hope for life,” said Hope graduate Alejandrina Sanchez. She says the program helped her get employed, but that when her job was put on pause because […]