HERE-TO-HERE (H2H) is a first of it's kind program in the Bronx, created—using a collaborative pedagogy designed by DreamYard, Big Picture Learning and the James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation—to build interest- & passion-based career pathways for 14-24 year olds in the South Bronx. 

HERE TO HERE is a network of high schools, postsecondary programs, community based organizations and employers who are committed to create, enhance and expand multiple pathways to rewarding careers, focused on in-school youth growing up in the Bronx.  The goal is to create the systemic change needed so that 10,000 young people, who were otherwise at risk of un- or underemployment, are on the path to family-sustaining jobs by the time they are 25. HERE to HERE began in 2015 as a collaborative project developed by DreamYard, The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation, and Big Picture Learning.

By 2020, 65% of American jobs will require some sort of postsecondary credential. For jobs that offer a family sustaining wage, the percentage will be even higher. In many low-income neighborhoods, such as the South Bronx, a young person’s chance of getting a degree and credential -so critical for accessing a family-sustaining job - is, at best, 20%.  In response to this issue, HERE to HERE is building a network of partner institutions who are committed to enhancing career pathways for in-school youth and young adults. HERE to HERE supports high schools, postsecondary institutions, employers, community based organizations, public and private funders, elected officials and public agencies.

We work to ensure that young people are on guided pathway to a promising career. Students will build their personal networks and essential and transferable skills through career exploration, internships, and summer employment. They will make informed postsecondary decisions and continue their career development by identifying and securing industry-recognized certification and degrees.

Since its inception, HERE to HERE has continued to exceed expectations and garner the support of employers, educators, and a diverse community of stakeholders all committed to enhancing career pathways for young people in our community. HERE to HERE is now a 501(c)(3) organization led by Abby Jo Sigal, founding CEO. DreamYard, Big Picture Learning, and The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation, as founding partners, continue to work closely with HERE to HERE to ensure young people access family-sustaining careers and choice-filled lives.

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