Mayor Ras J. Baraka delivers graduation address
(Newark, NJ)  December 4, 2017 – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health held a graduation ceremony for their fourth class of Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp participants on Monday, December 4To see additional photos from the graduation visit the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Facebook page, click here.
This is the first class to include participants who applied through the Newark2020 website which is part of the Mayor’s Hire.Buy.Live initiative.  RWJBarnabas Health is committed to the Newark2020 initiative and has pledged to hire 350 Newark residents as part of that commitment.
This unique job readiness program, created by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health in Partnership with Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s city-wide Centers of Hope initiative has had remarkable results.
The program began in 2016, 99 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 27 Newark residents who have been chronically unemployed and now have the skills to reenter the workforce.
“The Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp initiative goes beyond traditional health outreach. We are addressing a social determinant of health by providing these graduates with the economic opportunity they need to begin to proactively improve their health and the health 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 through Newark2020.  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.