The JSA Blog, this week featuring: Goodwill NYNJ and their Bridge to Tech Program. One of the many worthy charities doing amazing and inspiring work in the local community. Goodwill NYNJ’s Bridge to Tech program aims to equip individuals enrolled in New York City’s Human Resources Administration city-wide Career Services programs with the necessary skills to qualify for and graduate from a range of advanced technology training providers and obtain in-demand tech jobs. Thanks to $1 million funding from the New York City Council and additional funding from Amazon and Google, Goodwill’s program will now offer a bridge to cybersecurity training in partnership with Per Scholas and a bridge to the Pursuit Fellowship.
Goodwill’s Bridge to Tech program results show that 90% of bridge graduates increase their literacy and numeracy to qualify and join advanced training programs and 55% of year 1 participants who completed advanced trainings are employed. Goodwill expects year 2 participants to achieve credentials and secure employment in higher rates as they gain valuable experience with the advanced training partners. Participants like Nigel a 49-year-old Brooklyn resident who was unemployed, living with his parents, and receiving public assistance before coming to Goodwill. After graduating from the Goodwill Bridge to Tech program, he is now working as an IT technician for a temporary IT agency.
To learn more about Nigel’s story and the impact of the Bridge to Tech Program, check out the video and link to the full press release below!
You can learn more about Goodwill NYNJ, the amazing work they are doing, and how you can be a part of their impact on the community by visiting their website and social media links below!