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The HOPE Program Appoints Tracey Capers as Executive Director

(Brooklyn and Bronx, NY) – The Board of Directors at The HOPE Program, a nonprofit that empowers New Yorkers to obtain employment and long-term financial sustainability, has appointed Tracey Capers as Executive Director, effective October 16, 2023. Ms. Capers will tap into her vast professional experience working closely with staff and the board to foster […]

Bronx News 12: Bronx Community Comes Together in Starlight Park for Watershed Workday

Watch or read the full story The Rain Gardens Action in Neighborhoods Coalition came together on Tuesday afternoon in Starlight Park to help fight climate change by cleaning up rain gardens. The coalition includes The Bronx River Alliance, The Gowanus Canal Conservancy, The Guardians of Flushing Bay, the Newtown Creek Alliance and the HOPE program. Community members […]

Opinion: It’s Time to Reduce Our Climate Impact Through a Stronger Green Workforce

Read the story by Ana Chapman on LinkedIn Every Earth Day, individuals, communities, and organizations reflect on how they’re doing their part – personally and professionally – and the ways in which they can contribute to a more sustainable future. For me, enacting change stems from my role in the workforce development field. I’ve worked […]

Jobseekers Trained to Transform and Revitalize Polluted Land thanks to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Bronx, NY – Participants in The HOPE Program’s Sustainable South Bronx green jobs program celebrated their completion of twelve weeks of training and are preparing to enter the workforce. Thanks to a recent grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), participants gained the qualifications to redevelop brownfields, which are lands that have been polluted […]

New York Post: These local organizations train New Yorkers for surging sustainable industries

Read the full story Kermit was wrong — it is easy being green, thanks to local programs that provide free training for scores of jobs in the burgeoning environmental and sustainability sectors. These careers continue to soar in expansion. According to LinkedIn’s Global Green Skills Report 2022, the number of US jobs in renewables has increased by […]

RAIN (Raingarden Action In Neighborhoods) Coalition

In 2021, three NYC-based watershed organizations came together with a workforce development organization to pilot a new way of ensuring success for rain gardens throughout NYC, especially in lower income, outer borough neighborhoods. Entitled RAIN—Raingarden Action in Neighborhoods—the coalition includes Bronx River Alliance, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, the HOPE Program, and Newtown Creek Alliance. Together, we […]

Global Heroes: New Yorkers Find HOPE For a Sustainable Future

Read the full story In communities hit hardest by the pandemic, economic recovery has been stalled by a disparity between available jobs, expectations from employers, and the experience and resources available to jobseekers. This is especially true in New York City, where twice as many people are unemployed compared to the U.S. average. There are […]

Bronx-based environmental group fights climate change

Spectrum News NY1 THE BRONX BY AMY YENSI THE BRONX PUBLISHED 9:30 PM ET DEC. 16, 2021 Andrea Estrada is working her way through Highbridge Park, tools in hand, hoping that with each clip, she is chopping away at the impacts of climate change. “I have an interest in urban ecology and environmental justice,” said Estrada. Estrada […]

The e-bike revolution comes to the Bronx

Read the full article E-bike companies are teaming up with local non-profits to provide discounts to frontline workers. Could this be a nationwide model? By Andrew J. Hawkins@andyjayhawk  Dec 10, 2021, 10:00am EST   On a recent chilly December afternoon, a small parking lot in the industrial Hunts Point section of the Bronx was alive with the sounds […]