Continuing its commitment to workforce readiness and helping underserved youth obtain the skills necessary to build lasting careers, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) today announced a commitment of $5 million over the next two years to summer youth employment initiatives across the U.S. This commitment expects to fund summer jobs for more than 4,000 teenagers and young adults as well as learning opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math for 20,000 13- to 24-year-olds. The firm’s employees will also volunteer their time with nonprofit partners to provide financial capability coaching sessions and introductory coding skills training to participating youth. Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is prioritizing youth employment as one of the key issues for her work at the Clinton Foundation, announced JPMorgan Chase’s Commitment to Action at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America meeting. “Great American companies are committing to expanding training, hiring, and mentoring youth, and to encourage other businesses to step up as well,” said Former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. “JPMorgan Chase will invest $5 million over the next two years to fund 4,000 summer jobs in 14 cities and to offer work readiness opportunities to another 20,000 young people.” Peter L. Scher, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility for JPMorgan Chase, joined Secretary Clinton in Denver for the announcement. Scher said, “Ensuring that young people have the skills they need to succeed is a national priority. JPMorgan Chase is proud to work with the Clinton Foundation, city leaders and nonprofit partners to train and employ our youth. Investing in skills is the right thing for their future and for the future of our country.” In 2014, the firm is working with mayors, nonprofit organizations and other private sector employers in 14 cities – Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Jacksonville, Jersey City, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Milwaukee, New York City, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle and St. Louis – to engage youth during their summer break to help expand employment among young adults and provide opportunities for at-risk youth to develop skills that will put them on a career pathway.
“I appreciate JPMorgan Chase’s support and participation in the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “Together we’re helping our children learn and build a résumé to take out into the world.”“JPMorgan Chase continues to be a great partner in Detroit's turnaround by investing in our community and in our youth,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “By providing meaningful summer work for 1,000 Detroit students this year and next, JPMorgan Chase will provide them a great opportunity to get started on a real career path. This will be a significant boost to our commitment to provide summer jobs to 5,000 Detroit students next summer.” “We are investing in the future success of San Francisco’s young people by providing more than 7,000 jobs and paid internships for them this summer with a special focus on serving low-income and disadvantaged youth,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “I thank JPMorgan Chase for joining me on Summer Jobs Plus as we invest in the future success of our City’s youth this summer and beyond.” Several programs will focus on providing skills-based jobs, internships and learning opportunities for teenagers and young adults in their respective cities and continue beyond the summer months. These programs will expose youth to careers early on, connect them to growth sectors, help them obtain marketable skills and teach them how to manage their finances. Below are a few examples of programs JPMorgan Chase is supporting in 2014:
- Summer of Learning and Earning will provide more than 215,000 opportunities for Chicago’s youth, ages 14-24, including 22,000 skill-building jobs and internships and interactive learning activities in libraries, schools, museums and cultural institutions, colleges and universities, and community-based programs, as well as through self-paced, online modules.
- Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program in Dallas will place more than 300 public high school students in summer positions at some of the city’s top health, technology and energy companies and nonprofits – three of the area’s highest-growth sectors. Now in its seventh year, the Mayor’s office and Education is Freedom will have placed 1,050 students in internships across industry sectors, including technology, healthcare, law, accounting, business, education, the nonprofit sector, advertising/marketing/public relations, engineering, banking, manufacturing and hospitality, by the end of this summer.
- Grow Detroit’s Young Talent will provide 1,000 Detroit youth, ages 14-24, employment readiness training and six weeks of paid summer work experiences with area employers. The program was created by the Detroit Youth Employment Consortium in 2009 to address high rates of unemployment among Detroit’s teen and young adult populations – unemployment estimated at more than 50 percent. The program has grown each year, providing more than 5,000 Detroit youth with paid summer work experiences since 2009.
- United Way of Northeast Florida’s Summer Youth Employment Program will provide 140 students in Jacksonville with a six-week paid internship at top organizations, helping them acquire high-demand skills, gain access to mentors and coaches, and build their resumes. Youth will also participate in a financial management simulation lab, which will help them learn how to manage their paycheck and personal finances.
- Los Angeles Summer of Learning will bring together a coalition of public, private and nonprofit partners and offer education programs and activities through the city’s parks, libraries, schools, museums and cultural institutions. The curriculum will offer learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts and math, as well as a work-readiness pathway geared towards the skills needed to succeed in the modern economy.
- Three nonprofits in New York City, PENCIL, Futures and Options, and Virtual Enterprises International, will create and sponsor a total of 140 paid internships for underserved high school students. PENCIL will also provide career readiness training to an additional 130 students. Program participants will be introduced to career opportunities, motivated to pursue higher education, and equipped with skills to succeed in the workforce.
- Summer Jobs+ will connect 7,000 disconnected and at-risk youth (ages 14-24) with paid jobs, internships and job training initiatives in the private sector and San Francisco City departments. Since it started in 2012, Summer Jobs+ has placed more than 12,000 youth in paid summer jobs and internships. This year, the program expands to include placing individuals in employment and training opportunities beyond the summer.