Bank of America committed a $45,000 grant to Project LIFT to help the Palm City-based organization’s workforce development and counseling programs that help individuals chart paths to employment, better economic futures, and life-long stability. Specifically, funding will support paid apprenticeships in skilled trades for underserved youth, while also offering mentoring, career coaching, and mental health services, all at no cost to participants.
Project LIFT’s skilled instructors specialize in auto repair, welding, HVAC, screen printing, graphic arts, carpentry and construction, boat building and restoration, and solar installation. This vocational training on industry-standard equipment attracts local employers looking to fill open positions, providing participants with job placement and a path to economic self-sufficiency.
“The need for these programs is more urgent than ever as the effects of the pandemic are causing anxiety, depression, and increased substance abuse,” said CEO Bob Zaccheo. “By addressing mental health through the unique platform of paid job training, Project LIFT provides youth with the tools they need for long-term economic success.”
Bank of America is focused on building pathways to employment by supporting a range of local workforce development and educational opportunities to help stabilize and advance vulnerable individuals and families.
“Investing in this partnership to help Project LIFT’s workforce development is part of our approach to driving economic opportunity and social progress in Martin County,” said Susan Rabinowitz, president of Bank of America Treasure Coast. “This grant is just one way we are deploying resources locally to help remove barriers to economic success and build a more sustainable community.”
This grant will help Project LIFT offer training for 20 teens over 10 weeks this summer and includes work with licensed therapists who will use evidence-based practices, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and trauma-informed care, while skilled instructors help participants replace self-destructive behaviors with productive, hands-on work.
Bank of America has granted a total of $150,000 to 14 Treasure Coast nonprofits this year, including: Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County, Education Foundation of Martin County, Treasure Coast Food Bank, and Sarah’s Kitchen.