JPMorgan Chase Awards $4 Million for Detroit Youth Jobs Initiative

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has announced a $4 million grant to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to expand access to economic opportunity for young people in Detroit.

Building on the firm's $100 million commitment to Detroit's economic recovery, the three-year grant will support efforts to give young people graduating from the city's high schools opportunities to secure well-paying jobs in high-demand occupations. Chase joins the Skillman and Ford foundations and the Ford Motor Company Fund in the effort to connect ten thousand Detroit high school students to education and work experiences which enable them to earn credentials that qualify them for college and career pathways in several important and growing regional industries, including advanced manufacturing, health care, information technology, digital communications, engineering, and public service.

"We are excited about expanding career-focused educational programs that give Detroit's young people opportunities to access career pathways in the city's expanding sectors," said Chauncy Lennon, head of workforce initiatives at JPMorgan Chase. "Building off a model proven in other communities, the collaborative approach being taken by the city to solve tough issues is reflected in their commitment to work with civic, business, and education leaders to better align education with the skills that growing business sectors need."