Soulful Synergy provides a complete suite of services focused on workforce and community development that serve individuals, for-profits, nonprofits and government agencies. The centralizing feature of all our services is simple– to provide resources that support sustained community health and empowerment.
We provide clean energy solutions that advance sustainability, address climate change and expand environmental justice
We provide consulting services on workforce and community development, and resources for small businesses, including M/WBEs.
DEI is critical because a diverse workforce is a dynamic workforce, and an inclusive team creates a greater impact.
We provide career advancement services for individuals, and employee staffing options for businesses.
Our signature programs and nationally recognized credential courses prepare our participants for career and life success.
We work with clients to create customized curricula and support the implementation of workforce development programs.
Soulful Synergy is deeply committed to combating the effects of climate change, expanding environmental justice and supporting the development of sustainable and healthy communities. We accomplish this through a multi-pronged approach of providing clean technology solutions, lowering carbon emissions and pollution, creating green spaces and community gardens, while aiding the transition away from fossil fuels to clean energy alternatives.
Through our strategic partnerships we are able to provide a variety of services and education programs to support individuals, non profits, business and government agencies in accomplishing their clean energy objectives:
In 2019, we developed a partnership with Willdan Energy Solutions, ConEdison, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and others to form the Clean Energy Academy, which is a workforce training program that serves as both an on-ramp for clean energy professionals looking to enter or transition into the energy efficiency workforce, as well as upskilling for existing workers. To date we have trained more than 350 workers for careers in the clean energy sector with employment rates exceeding 70%.
Soulful Synergy offers consulting services in the following areas:
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Soulful Synergy also provides resources in leveraging the following programs:
HUD established the Section 3 policy to guarantee that the employment and other economic opportunities created by Federal financial assistance for housing and community development programs should, if possible, be directed toward low- and very-low income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing. Soulful Synergy works closely with residents, as well as establishing a rapport with HUD project procurement staff to accomplish both the employment and contracting goals. In order to reach and/or exceed the contracting goals, Soulful Synergy takes proactive measures; such as clearly communicating Section 3 requirements at pre-bid meetings and working to ensure eligible businesses can fulfill all contract requirements. Section 3 compliance requires providing training and employment services to members of the following demographic groups:
“An Opportunity Zone is a low-income census tract with an individual poverty rate of at least 20 percent and median family income no greater than 80 percent of the area median… An Opportunity Zone can receive funds from Opportunity Funds. Opportunity Funds provide investors the chance to put that money to work rebuilding the low to moderate income communities. The fund model will enable a broad array of investors to pool their resources in Opportunity Zones, increasing the scale of investments going to underserved areas.”
Soulful Synergy is committed to providing opportunities through Qualified Opportunity Zones and HUD Section 3 projects for low to moderate-income (LMI) residents to help them reach self-suﬃciency. Our team provides training, technical assistance, and support that encourages contractors and subcontractors to hire qualiﬁed community residents, as compliance requirements dictate. By working with us, you ensure that a competent, experienced team is managing your compliance efforts as you focus on your core competencies.
We believe that Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are at the core of racial, social and economic justice. We help organizations develop an “equity lens” for their teams that help shift the culture, policy and practice of the organization to focus on the needs of underrepresented groups and all vested stakeholders.
An equity lens is a process for analyzing or diagnosing the impact of the design and implementation of policies on under-served and marginalized individuals and groups, and to identify and potentially eliminate barriers.
We begin by having each of our clients ask themselves these fundamental questions:
We are here to assist our clients with:
Soulful Synergy takes pride in developing curriculum and providing employment services that meet the needs of an ever-changing workforce landscape. We align our training with industry employer standards, and provide the necessary professional development support to help individuals advance their careers. Our soft skills training includes vital competencies for our program participants in key development areas like people skills, social skills, interpersonal skills, and transferable skills. We have customized training program options to help participants develop:
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Staffing Options for Businesses
Soulful Synergy has a strong network of employer partners who provide employment opportunities for program graduates. Our professional employment matchmaking services are made possible by the systematic approach that we take to understand the needs of the labor market, employment partners, job tasks, roles, and descriptions; underscored by the culmination of students’ participation in the career development services we provide. These strategic components help to improve career longevity for students when placed in internships or employment opportunities.
We have our contractors and employer partners complete an intake form and undergo an interview with our career services team to understand their company culture and onboarding process better and manage their expectations when hiring our program graduates. The information we gather from these employer interactions is vital to our matchmaking process when referring to potential hires for interviews. Our team leverages years of industry experience and a vast network of employment partners to create successful win-win outcomes for our participants and the employers we work with. Our team of professionals’ track record has enabled us to become a go-to resource for companies seeking to hire qualified candidates.
Our career support specialists work with participants to help them connect to jobs that are a match to their skills and interests. Our specialists have extensive experience working with employers to match new job openings with qualified applicants, and develop opportunities for interviews. The goal is finding opportunities that offer a career pathway to increasingly more responsible and better paying positions over time.
We support employers with:
Soulful Synergy offers opportunities for virtual [link to online courses anchor] and in person trainings and certification courses in the construction, energy efficiency, security and other industries. Our training offerings range from interactive introductory workshops to industry recognized credential courses. We use a modular curriculum design so that all of our trainings and can be customized to client needs.
Participants who complete our signature TradeGrade Program obtain the training and certificates for employment pathways that result in sustainable, life-long careers in the construction sector, in the security industry, and in the energy efficiency field. Through the Trade Grade Program, participants earn the following certifications:
The Urban Handyperson
Through Soulful Synergy’s Urban Handyperson Program, participants learn basic construction skills that prepare them to make repairs to their own homes and other buildings; take advantage of opportunities in the “gig economy,” such as painting, wall repairs, hanging T.V.s, installing cabinets and fixtures, fixing leaky faucets, etc.; and complete their own hands-on construction projects. The Urban Handyperson program consists of lectures, discussions, site visits, and hands-on buildout. The curriculum covers worksite safety and communication, measurement tools, construction drawings, building material, material handling equipment, and hand and power tools, and consists of four Masteries:
The Masteries build upon each other progressively– proficiency in skills from the previous Mastery(ies) is necessary to begin the following program. Each Mastery incorporates a workplace safety component, includes daily labs and practical exams, and concludes with a final project to demonstrate participants’ proficiency in the relevant skill areas. Our model emphasizes knowledge “stickiness” through repetition and constant reinforcement. Accordingly, skills learned in previous Masteries will be revisited in the hands-on component of following Masteries. In concrete terms, students will demonstrate proficiency by completing the following for each Mastery:
Clean Energy Academy
The Clean Energy Academy is a free 60 hour energy efficiency technical training, combined with an Online Dynamic Learning Management System delivery method. The program focuses on energy efficiency, outreach, education and implementation assistance initiatives for small commercial properties. The Clean Energy Academy’s Small Commercial Energy Auditing Training (SCEAT) course offers advanced level course content designed to meet the needs of the clean energy job market. We prepare our students with real world, technical knowledge that matches the skills gaps communicated to us by our employment partners.
Seed to Spoon
Soulful Synergy’s Seed to Spoon Program introduces participants to skills that will support them in becoming future Urban Farmers and learning how to grow their own food. The main components of the curriculum include how to cultivate plants, and how to transform fresh produce and herbs in nutritional meals. The former aspect of the curriculum includes topics such as basic plant elements and growth, atmospheric elements, soil composition and the importance of soil health, and photosynthesis. These core lessons provide a foundation for understanding the process of the life cycle from seeds to harvest and eventually to seed. Through Seed to Spoon’s nutritional element, participants use the crops they have cultivated in the gardens to craft creative, nutritious and tasty meals in the kitchen under the direction of our partner Chef.
Career Come Up
Soulful Synergy’s signature Career Come Up program provides participants with the knowledge to understand requisites, such as education, certifications, and experience, that impact their ability to access the opportunities they are interested in, as well as an understanding of how to leverage resources to meet these requirements. This tangibly supports participants in pursuing their dreams by helping them: identify attainable goals; create a map of the steps needed to achieve these goals; and develop the materials, such as tailored resumes and cover letters, and skills, such as interview, communication, and research skills, necessary to achieve these goals.
The program helps participants cultivate mindfulness and become aware of their own agency by encouraging and expecting them to do their own research and develop their own paths from a foundational springboard of resources and support. Finally, the Career Come Up Program inducts participants into the Soulful Synergy family, ensuring permanent access to a vast network of individuals, organizations and agencies eager to support their advancement and success.
Soulful Synergy provides turnkey workforce development services, including the following:
We also provide Career Services, including:
Case Study: Creating a custom training program and employment pipeline for Candela Systems Corporation
Candela Systems Corporation provides the highest quality energy-efficient lighting technology available, developing cost effective lighting solutions tailored to meet clients’ business needs. Candela partnered with Soulful Synergy to develop a pipeline of skilled, professional employee candidates trained to their unique needs as an employer. We created and delivered a custom curriculum through which participants are trained for careers in the energy efficient lighting industry. We partnered with The Guidance Center of Westchester to recruit local young adults to participate in the program and provide necessary wrap-around services. Following the program, Candela hires from the graduate pool creating a win-win outcome for employer and trainee alike.