Workforce Development / Arts & Community Events / Youth Programming / Immersion Experiences
The Northside has long served as Syracuse's point of entry for people seeking to start a new life in the United States. Historically a working-class neighborhood, it was first settled in the 19th-century by German immigrants. An influx of Italians followed the Germans, leaving an imprint that inspired the area's current moniker — Little Italy. However, with over 30 nationalities present today, the Northside can be more accurately described as a neighborhood of many nations. This diversity gives rise to a unique feel that cannot be found in any other part of the city.
Northside UP incites change in this dynamic neighborhood by empowering residents to fuel community revitalization. Acknowledging that obstacles, such as high unemployment, poverty and food insecurity, inhibit residents from achieving tangible results, Northside UP facilitates workforce and cultural development opportunities. Through a multitude of programs and activities, we take on the role of partner, trainer, artist, advocate and mentor in hopes of rallying individuals around collaborative revitalization efforts.
Green Train is a hands-on workforce training program developed by Northside UP and CenterState CEO. Green Train provides unemployed and under-employed people with a unique training opportunity that integrates vocational training with life skills and job readiness coaching. Students complete 10-hour OSHA training and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) core curriculum, including safety, hand and power tools, construction drawing and materials handling. Students participate in community-based projects designed to hone carpentry, construction and weatherization skills while fostering a sense of ownership in their community. Students also learn employability and career skills. Through this program, neighborhood residents increase their potential for long-term employment in construction, weatherization and emerging green industries. The Green Train program consistently maintains a high graduation and job placement rate.
Health Train is a workforce training program developed by Northside UP and St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (SJHHC). Health Train identifies and prepares unemployed and under-employed people for entry-level positions such as housekeeper, patient transporter, and dietary worker with partnering health care employers. In each session, students participate in a three-week course encompassing orientation to the healthcare work environment, job readiness, life skills, wellness strategies, financial literacy and occupational health and safety. Students complete an unpaid internship leading into employment. The Health Train program consistently maintains a high graduation and placement rate and supports students after graduation to maintain employment and access career-advancing opportunities.
Salt City DISHES
Salt City DISHES (Dine in. Support Happenings. Enliven Syracuse!) is one of Northside UP’s sponsored events. DISHES is a recurring community dinner, which funds creative public projects that enliven the city of Syracuse. At the event, guests offer a donation for which they receive a home-cooked, locally sourced meal and a ballot to vote on project proposals. Proposals are voted on during the dinner as select community members present their ideas. The winner is awarded money collected from the entrance fee to help realize their project and returns to the next DISHES to report on their progress.