What inspired you to create this website or entity?

Intervine is in the business of making New York City economically and environmentally sustainable. We train and employ low-income community members to create and maintain green infrastructure. In doing so, they establish the foundation for long, fulfilling careers and build a greener community. Through our work, we shape a sustainable New York City one job at a time. Intervine is a division of The HOPE Program and Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), and provides transitional employment opportunities to graduates of SSBx?s green collar job training program. The HOPE Program is a leading workforce development organization that empowers New Yorkers living in poverty to achieve economic self- sufficiency through employment and career advancement. Our comprehensive approach combines work readiness training, adult basic education, work wellness services, financial literacy education, internships, and job placement with long term support to ensure that our graduates succeed and grow in the workforce. HOPE consistently achieves results among the highest in the industry, most recently 75% job placement, 95% 90-day job retention and 77% one-year job retention.Intervine was created to generate transitional employment opportunities for graduates of our training programs, giving Bronx residents an opportunity to build their skills while earning income, and provide entry points to the green-collar economy.

How does your website or entity represent or contribute to the local community or borough which you represent?

By installing green infrastructure and making buildings more energy efficient we mitigate the urban heat island effect in heat vulnerable communities, addressing the effects of climate change on New Yorkers who are most exposed to it's effects. Our focus on local employment and skills development means the resources invested in sustainability benefit the communities that have shouldered a disproportionate burden of noxious environmental uses.Intervine is based in and serves residents of the Bronx, which lags nationwide in employment growth. According to JobsFirstNYC, 1 in 4 16-25 year olds in the South Bronx is out of work and school, a rate that significantly exceeds the rest of the Bronx and the rest of New York City. The green construction industry needs qualified employees, particularly in the Northeast, where 23% of general contractors report it is very hard to hire employees with green skills, compared to 6-8% for other regions. Intervine bridges that gap, providing opportunity youth and criminal justice-involved New Yorkers with access to green collar employment opportunities that will enable them to contribute to more sustainable communities. Our trainings provide participants with industry recognized certifications, hands-on job-site experience, a range of proven supportive services, access to a broad referral network of social service providers, and ongoing soft-skill development to empower them in securing permanent employment and future advancement opportunities.

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