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 the un- and under-employed with a unique training opportunity that integrates vocational training with life skills and job readiness coaching. Through this program, neighborhood residents increase their potential for long-term employment within emerging green industries. Each session, students participate in community-based projects designed to teach skills, while fostering a sense of ownership in their community. The Green Train program consistently maintains a high graduation and job placement rate.
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.