Our Mission

StreetWise Partners is a non-profit organization with a mission to harness the mentoring resources of the private sector to reduce unemployment within disadvantaged communities of New York City and Washington, D.C. We will also be launching StreetWise Detroit in September 2019.

StreetWise Partners pairs business professionals with mentees who are unemployed/underemployed in order to provide them with the skills, resources, and access to networks they need to secure and maintain employment.

Our program serves 300 mentees through the support of over 20 corporations and 1,000 volunteers annually. Since inception in 1997, StreetWise Partners has transformed the lives of 6,000 job seekers.

Our mentees are:

  • Unemployed, underemployed men and women ages 18+ from underserved communities in NYC and Washington D.C.
  • HS/HSE graduates with basic hard skills training and/or college
  • Individuals facing limitations and challenges spanning work, education, access to professional networks and role models and unstable housing

What Differentiates Our Mentoring Model?

We Match

2:1 Mentors | Mentees

Mentees receive double the network, double the experiences, double the skill sets

Mentors pay it forward while supercharging their careers and expanding their network

We Professionalize

We facilitate a 12-month Workforce Mentoring Program using an employer-driven curriculum

Mentors provide training, guidance, and coaching on the professional skills needed to secure a job and launch a career

All mentoring takes place in corporate settings at the top firms in the country

We Network

We introduce our mentees to an exclusive network of the best and the brightest volunteers who offer knowledge, expertise, contacts, and opportunities to jumpstart a career

We Connect

We connect our graduates with internship and job opportunities