KeyBank has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County (BGCKC) in Washington and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland (BGCP) in Oregon to launch and expand YouthForce, an innovative workforce development program for local, underserved teens. The three-year grant, which is funded by an unprecedented gift of $500,000 from the KeyBank Foundation in the Northwest, will allow the YouthForce program already under way in Seattle to increase its capacity and will establish the program in Portland.
YouthForce helps low-income youth prepare for college, careers and life by pairing job preparedness training with paid summer, seasonal, or year-long internships at Seattle companies such as Microsoft, Walmart, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Seahawks, and CenturyLink Stadium, or with the Portland Timbers, the first Portland-area business to pledge internships to the new program.
“The YouthForce program is transformational not only for the participating teens, but for the local economy as well,” said Lorraine Vega, Senior Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy at KeyBank Foundation. “By helping to fund this innovative program, we fulfill our commitment to bettering our communities through building a stronger workforce and providing at-risk youth with the tools they need to become economically self-sufficient.”
In addition to funding, Key bankers will staff YouthForce University, a volunteer-taught basic money management curriculum developed by KeyBank.
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