Sunborne Nursery is not only in partnership with our suppliers and customers, we are also in partnership with the Bayview - it provides us with our greenhouse facility and a great worforce that we appreciate tremendously.
While we employ a number of Bayview residents already, including our General Manager and our highest paid employee, we fully appreciate the fact that we can do more for the community with our business and horticulture experience and connections. That is the reason why we have taken on a number of community outreach programs.
Below is a quick summary of some of the work that we are involved with, and some that will begin very shortly. If you would like more information on any of the programs described below, please reach out to Dan at 415-821-7726 (or firstname.lastname@example.org). Similarly, if you would like to participate in any of the programs we are leading, or if you have other ideas for community outreach opportunities, please give Dan a call. We are always open to new people and new ideas.
Sunborne created a partnership with Young Community Developers (YCD) in early 2011 focused on providing employment and job training to residents of the Bayview Hunter’s Point community. While the relationship continues to grow and evolve, here are some of our successes and plans for the future;
1) Sunborne has hired 24 graduates of YCD’s Job Readiness Training program (JRT) for full time and part-time employment since early 2011. In total, Sunborne has hired 87 people since moving into the facility, or which 51 are from the Bayview-Hunters Point Community (58.6%)
2) All of the Job Readiness Training (JRT) program graduates that are hired by Sunborne receive comprehensive hands-on training on such things as plant ID and care, greenhouse operation, customer service, shipping and receiving, and sales instruction. With this training, the JRT graduates are positioned well to have successful careers at Sunborne or at another horticultural business in the area should they want to try something else. In that case, we will use our industry contacts to find them a job, coach them through the interview process, and provide mentorship them should they be interested.
3) Sunborne participates in YCD’s Job Readiness Training program as a guest speaker and local employer with insight into the needs and expectations of the businesses in Bayview Hunter’s Point area. To date we have spoken to 13 JRT classes to reinforce the principles of the JRT program, as well as to provide an overview of Sunborne, career opportunities in the horticultural industry, and the skills and attitudes that businesses like Sunborne look for in new employees. Sunborne has been asked to continue participating in the JRT program as a guest speaker at future JRT classes.