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.
(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
“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