Founded in 1984, The HOPE Program helps New Yorkers transcend poverty and prepares them to find, keep and grow careers. HOPE‟s work focuses on helping individuals living in extreme poverty achieve economic self-sufficiency through work readiness training services and assistance with job placement and advancement.
HOPE‟s proven outcomes are the result of programming that includes intensive work readiness training, literacy instruction, an internship experience, job placement assistance, mental health support, and retention and career advancement services. HOPE makes a lifelong commitment to students‟ self-sufficiency, anticipating the ongoing challenges faced by people living at the margins of society and seeking to avoid the common problem of workforce clients cycling in and out of programs without achieving independence. All services are managed within an outcomes framework, meaning that we continuously evaluate and adjust our model to meet the changing needs of our program participants.
The HOPE Program has won numerous awards, including JPMorgan Chase/Enterprise Foundation‟s selection as one of the nation‟s three model Workforce Development programs, the Robin Hood Foundation‟s Hero Award and, for three years in a row, Charity Navigator‟s four-star rating for excellence in management.