The HOPE Program & SSBx

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Location: Brooklyn, NY
Industry: Nonprofit

Nonprofit – small

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The HOPE Program & SSBx

Jennifer Mitchell
Executive Director

DONE DEAL: The HOPE Program helps lift New Yorkers out of poverty through training, jobs and career advancement. In October 2015, HOPE acquired Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), a green-jobs training program with a complementary geographic footprint and sector concentration. SSBx is now a subsidiary of HOPE. In 2011, HOPE’s board of directors embarked on a plan to grow the organization’s impact. Later that year, Jennifer Mitchell became executive director. Mitchell had developed a strong relationship with SSBx executive director Michael Brotchner through various networking opportunities.

Quick Tip: “I make it a point to attend networking events, participate in peer mentoring groups and take advantage of every executive-director mentoring opportunity that comes my way.”

BIG IMPACT: “The combined organization leverages SSBx’s expertise in the growing, high-wage green jobs sector and HOPE’s hallmark success with job retention to ensure robust services for the lowest-income New Yorkers,” says Mitchell. The organization’s new scale has already paid off. It has earned a contract from the New York City Department of Small Business Services to operate the NYC CoolRoofs program. “This contract is of a scale that neither HOPE nor SSBx could have achieved alone,” says Mitchell.