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Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati Selected as Citi Foundation Youth Workforce Fund Grantee to Prepare Cincinnati Youth for Local Employment Needs
Cincinnati (October, 18, 2018) – The Citi Foundation recently announced that Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati has been awarded a $250,000 grant from their 2018 Youth Workforce Fund, a national initiative that is supporting community organizations in key cities across the United States to help them expand their programming and connect low-income youth to a range of employment opportunities.
The Youth Workforce Fund is part of the Citi Foundation's three year $100MM global Pathways to Progress initiative, which focuses on career readiness initiatives that provide youth job seekers the full range of services needed for long-term employment and economic success.
The grant through the Youth Workforce Fund, will support Easterseals’ YouthBuild program. YouthBuild empowers young adults who lack a high school diploma, job experience, or career prospects to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. The program’s game-changing approach provides at-risk youth with the education, experience and qualifications necessary to attain a well-paid job in the construction industry - all while rehabilitating dilapidated properties for low-income families
“Cincinnati is trapped in a cycle of poverty that has lasted for generations,” said Pam Green, president & CEO of Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati. “That’s why programs like YouthBuild are critically important to the future of our community. YouthBuild has an incredible impact on the lives of young people while contributing to the vitality of our city, its workforce and the economy. We are deeply grateful to the Citi Foundation for partnering with Easterseals to ensure youth receive the training and support they need to achieve academic and professional success in Greater Cincinnati.”
Access to apprenticeships, internships and vocational training is essential to empowering youth and preparing them to compete in today’s economy. According to the Citi Foundation's Global Youth Survey: Economic Prospects & Expectations, 78% of young people surveyed believe that internships and apprenticeships are critical for career success, however, 60% say there aren't enough of these opportunities in their cities.
“Youth Workforce Fund grantees are helping to equip local youth with the skills and training necessary to fill employment needs in their communities,” said Brandee McHale, president of the Citi Foundation. “By addressing the skills mismatch these organizations are opening new doors for young workers across America and introducing them to long-term, meaningful career opportunities in their local communities.”
About Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati
Easterseals serving Greater Cincinnati breaks down barriers to employment and self-sufficiency for people with disabilities, people facing disadvantages, and veterans. Locally, Easterseals has a proven history in advancing diversity and inclusion in the community and workforce for more than 40 years. It served nearly 7,000 individuals in 2017 and was declared a Top Workplace. Easterseals’ social enterprise Building Value was named “Best of Cincinnati” by CityBeat staff in 2017 and 2018, and “Best of the City” by Cincinnati Magazine in 2016. InsideOut Studio, Easterseals’ art studio and gallery was a Spotlight Artist at the Ohio Governor’s residence. Easterseals is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a United Way Agency Partner specializing in one-to-one attention that empowers individuals through employment. www.eastersealsgc.org
About the Citi Foundation
The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation’s “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit www.citifoundation.com.