Chief Administrative Officer and EVP, Management Services Administration, RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH); Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President and CEO of Newark Beth Israel and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey; Marc E. Berson Chair, Board of Trustees, Newark Beth Israel and Vice Chair, RWJBH; Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka; Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Newark Beth Israel; Zach Lipner, VP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Newark Beth Israel; and Trina Parks, Senior VP, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, RWJBH pose for a photo with the third graduating class of Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp participants. (photo courtesy Newark Beth Israel Medical Center)
The program began in 2016, 100 percent of all participants have graduated and 95 percent have remained employed; many are considered superstars by their managers.
The current graduating class consists of 20 Newark residents have been chronically unemployed and now have the skills to reenter the workforce; in fact 100 percent of the participants in this class have secured employment.
“The Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp initiative goes beyond traditional health outreach, by providing these graduates with life skills and economic opportunities that will have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of their families,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
“This extraordinarily successful program is one prototype for how we will be reducing unemployment with the launch of the Newark2020 jobs program at the end of June. I can’t thank the leaders of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health enough for working with us to create this extremely effective initiative,” Mayor Baraka said.
Graduation speakers included Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Marc E. Berson, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, RWJBarnabas Health, Chair Board of Trustees, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.