The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County, and Project LIFT in Palm City will partner with Bank of America to expand access to meaningful job training opportunities among underserved youth in the Treasure Coast area this summer and into the new year.
Bank of America will support each organization with grants to fund career readiness, mentoring, and job skills training programs. The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County will use their $25,000 grant to build upon the “Into the Future” summer initiative, which offers life coaching and mentoring, one-on-one development, career readiness sessions, entrepreneurship, and leadership lessons to its club members. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County will use its $25,000 grant to bolster its new program leveraging virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to provide comprehensive learning skills and training. Project LIFT will use its $45,000 grant to support its summer programming, including paid apprenticeships in skilled trades, as well as career coaching and mental health services, all at no cost to participants.
The support from Bank of America comes in the form of a $1.25 billion, five-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity with a focus on jobs and re-skilling, health, affordable housing, and small business. The bank’s partnership with these three local organizations furthers this national commitment by supporting communities of color where systemic, long-term gaps have existed.
“For years, Bank of America has worked with local nonprofit partners that are committed to supporting future generations by providing them with the professional development skills and educational opportunities needed to reach their full potential,” said Doug Sherman, president of Bank of America Treasure Coast. “With the pandemic disproportionately impacting people of color, our support of these organizations’ programs helps bring meaningful job training and resources to historically underserved students, which in turn contributes to economic mobility in Treasure Coast community.”
As part of the bank’s broader efforts to improve the financial lives of individuals and families and support economic mobility, it has granted a total of $280,000 to 13 local nonprofits so far this year.