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Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp Inaugural Graduation Ceremony Held At Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

03/10/2016

HIRE Newark Graduation Group 2016

The Inaugural Hire Newark Graduation Class poses with member of the leadership team from Barnabas Health following the Inaugural Graduation Ceremony at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Newark, NJ, March 9, 2016--- Barnabas Health and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka hosted the “HIRE NEWARK” Employment Ready Boot Camp Inaugural Graduation Ceremony today at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Hire Newark, a unique 5-week job readiness program for Newark residents, was created by Barnabas Health in coordination with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s Centers of Hope initiative. The program provides program graduates with the opportunity to actually secure and obtain a job, rather than prepare them for a hypothetical one.

The initiative began in the summer of 2015 and the initial vision for the program was developed after assessing existing job readiness programs and determining their strengths and opportunities to improve. Vincent Brown of V. Randolph Brown Consulting, a minority-owned firm serving clients nationally in health care and other industries, was the primary architect of the design of the 5-week immersive program. The initial class, which included 16 individuals, was selected from hundreds of potential candidates. The participants range in age and experience – from those relatively new to the world of work to those returning to the workplace.

HIRE Newark Group

(Left to right) Darrell K. Terry Sr., Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Wayne Box Miller, Consulting Partner at V. Randolph Brown Consulting; The Honorable Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of the City of Newark; and Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for Barnabas Health gather at the Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp Inaugural Graduation Ceremony held at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

“We are thrilled to spearhead the Hire Newark initiative with the Mayor’s office,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for Barnabas Health. “The program provides a unique opportunity to connect the residents of Newark with critical jobs in the greater Newark area.”

During the 5-week program, participants actively engaged in skill enhancement, including development of Social Skills, Self-Management Skills, Presentation Skills, Health and Wellness Skills and Employability Skills. Participants engaged in individualized coaching, conducted during sessions averaging one hour, where participants shared their self-defined strengths and opportunities as well as their goals; site visits for a three-day period during which the participants visited employer partners with available jobs for which the participants could apply; a community service project, designed to give back to the Newark community; and graduation which acknowledges the accomplishments of the program participants.

“The opportunity to actually secure and obtain a job that exists for successful program participants is made possible by the program’s employer partners,” said Mayor Baraka. “These partners include Clara Maass Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, NJ Transit, PSE&G, Rutgers-Newark, Sodexo, Unionwear, and University Hospital.”

In addition to actually being able to secure and obtain a job, the program utilizes Coaches who support the participants in a number of traditional and non-traditional ways. Traditional ways lean toward the role of teacher; non-traditional ways include providing understanding of and support for their unique and varied personal circumstances and situations.

For more information about the Hire Newark initiative, please call the Newark Mayor’s Office at 973-733-8004.

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