Since 2015, Hopeworks and New Jersey American Water have partnered through an innovative and collaborative workforce program. The program directly engaged, trained, and employed 85 Hopeworks young adults on Geographic Information System (GIS) projects. Ninety percent of the GIS-trained young adults graduated from the program, completed college, and
earned permanent careers. As a direct result of the partnership, four of those graduates are now employed in a related GIS field at American Water.
New Jersey American Water has also referred Hopeworks to American Water for a services agreement with the company to enable additional partnerships with other American Water regulated state companies. The company continues to employ Hopeworks’ young adults on GIS projects in Tennessee and Virginia and is currently working to identify additional partnership opportunities.
In the past 6 years, New Jersey American Water and American Water have invested over $1 million by leveraging Hopeworks social enterprises and employing its young people.