Hood 2 Hire (H2H) in partnership with New Spiritual Light Missionary Baptist Church (NSLMBC) won a micro grant from Advocate Aurora network to provide community youth outreach for COVID-19 vaccinations. On Saturday, July 17th they, in partnership with Black Men United, hosted a “Vax & Relax” community event with COVID vaccine distributions, food giveaways and more.
Rev. Dr. Walter P. Turner empowers and encourages young people to get vaccinated. During the event participants were able to become vaccinated with a mobile vaccination clinic on site. Newly vaccinated individuals were then given the opportunity to enter raffles to receive IPads, tickets to Brookfield Zoo and more. Over 300 people turned out for the event.
Hood 2 Hire, a twelve-month community-based workforce development pilot, and job placement program, will work with unemployed/underemployed minority youths and displaced workers to disrupt the unemployed-to-prison pipeline and shatter low-wage essential ceilings by cultivating in-demand, marketable skills and positioning participants for immediate hire and future career growth. Hood 2 Hire Participants will be recruited via local civic leaders, faith leaders, partnering community-based organizations, and guided by seasoned instructors, business leaders, and industry professionals to build knowledge and capacity.
Black Men United is a national community service organization focused on the restoration and rebuilding of Black communities across the country under the leadership of Black Men. Rev. John Harrell, president of Black Men United has worked tirelessly across the country during the pandemic providing much needed food, water and other essentials to communities in need.