HOPE Program

Intergenerational learning and mentoring with the HOPE Program.

The intergenerational HOPE program fosters positive relationships among our residents and local students.

The HOPE program began in 1992 for at-risk special education students from the Bronx. HOPE, standing for Healthcare Offers Permanent Employment, grants special education students exposure to the healthcare system by providing vocational training and job readiness.

This essential project is conducted in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education and is the first of its kind in the United States.

HOPE students have one hour of academics each day, which could include:

  • Math
  • Money management
  • Current events

HOPE students also learn business skills in healthcare in many different areas of work, including:

  • Material management
  • Engineering
  • Data processing
  • Housekeeping
  • Food services
  • Religious services

The HOPE program also extends to the Foster Grandparents program, an intergenerational initiative that provides a space for long-term partnerships between students and Hebrew Home residents to exchange knowledge and experiences. Residents serve as mentors to provide companionship and reading support to students. The Foster Grandparents program creates positive academic outcomes and successfully breaks down barriers of age and ability.

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