What you should know
- Mayor de Blasio announced Wednesday a new $ 37 million gun violence intervention employment program that will create 1,500 jobs in Brownsville, southern Jamaica, eastern and central Harlem, Mott Haven and throughout the Bronx.
- The initiative connects people at risk of involvement in gun violence with well-paying green jobs, no less than $ 20 an hour, in partnership with BlocPower, a Brooklyn-based climate tech company working to make America’s cities greener, smarter, and healthier.
NEW YORK – Mayor de Blasio announced Wednesday a new $ 37 million gun violence intervention employment program that will create 1,500 jobs in Brownsville, southern Jamaica, eastern and central Harlem, Mott Haven and throughout the Bronx.
The initiative connects people at risk of involvement in gun violence with well-paying green jobs in partnership with BlocPower, a Brooklyn-based climate tech company working to make America’s cities greener, smarter, and healthier.
“There is no recovery for all of us unless each and every New Yorker feels safe,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “By providing training and employment opportunities to those at risk of gun violence, we can stop violence before it happens and invest in safer communities.”
The Precision Employment program focuses on communities that experience 50% or more of shootings citywide, with an explicit interest in the most vulnerable in these neighborhoods. The first wave of hiring will include more than 200 residents of neighborhoods facing disproportionate levels of gun violence.
The plan is to work with local community organizations, referred people identified as at risk in Brownsville, Brooklyn; Mott Haven in the Bronx and South Jamaica in Queens who will receive hard and soft skills training to prepare them for successful employment before being paired with placements in various workplaces.
The hybrid training curriculum includes OSHA training, classes on important business communication and technical skills, conflict resolution strategies, and access to culturally competent, trauma-based counseling and other comprehensive services. These trainings will help ensure the successful integration of participants into a work environment.
Upon completion of their initial training period, participants will be certified in various green energy technologies and meet criteria for high-paying, in-demand jobs such as those at BlocPower. Since its founding in 2014, the company has modernized more than 1,100 buildings in underserved communities in New York City, with projects underway in 26 cities.
“BlocPower stands ready to help New York City’s at-risk youth break the cycle of gun violence by introducing them to a rewarding career in clean energy that will improve their lives and the lives of millions of others.” said Donnel Baird, CEO and co-founder of BlocPower. “This project addresses the social, economic, and environmental injustices that affect low-income neighborhoods and people of color, and aligns with what BlocPower is trying to accomplish: improving the health and well-being of New Yorkers and creating opportunities for regain economic prosperity in the communities that need it most. “
The Targeted Green Jobs program is the city’s latest effort to address the recent surge in gun violence, while investing in the long-term success of both communities and residents.
This new employment initiative involves individuals identified as at risk of being victims or perpetrators of gun violence. Program participants are connected to immediately available paid employment opportunities and a path to permanent, well-paying jobs with a salary of no less than $ 20 per hour. As part of the Precision Employment Program, BlocPower will work with the city and local community organizations in each neighborhood as part of a cohesive Program Team of case managers, workforce trainers, credible messengers, community historians and stakeholders from the neighborhood to identify ideal candidates.