Bank of America Charitable Foundation Grant Helps Prepare Young Adults For Tech Jobs
Friday, May 8, 2015
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
Grace Harpole, ITWorks Program Director
215.557.1559 ext. 200
BANK OF AMERICA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION HELPS TECH IMPACT’S ITWORKS PREPARE YOUNG ADULTS FOR TECH JOBS
Wilmington, Delaware and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (May 7, 2015) – In the next year, 72 young adults in the Philadelphia and Wilmington areas will benefit from two grants, totaling $50,000, which were recently awarded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for Tech Impact’s ITWorks.
ITWorks is Tech Impact’s proven 16-week technology training program offered free of charge to young adults ages 18-26, who have their high school diploma or GED but have not earned a Bachelor’s degree, and are unemployed or underemployed. The program provides technical training leading to two industry-standard IT certifications, 100+ hours of professional/soft skills training, a 5-week IT internship, a mentor, and connections to dozens of potential employers.
Bank of America has generously provided funding support to ITWorks since 2012. In addition, Tech Impact is one of two 2013 Philadelphia-region recipients of the prestigious Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that make a significant difference in their communities.
Anthony Pisapia, Associate Executive Director at Tech Impact, says of the contributions: “The impact these dollars have on ITWorks students cannot be overstated. These young people are learning skills that lift them out of poverty and change their earning potential forever. We cannot thank Bank of America Charitable Foundation enough for making that outcome possible.”
ITWorks’ impacts are best demonstrated by its graduates’ success stories, such as Matt’s: “I made more progress in these last 16 weeks than in my last 22 years.” Before ITWorks, Matt was out of school and unemployed, and lacked the skills he needed for a good job with a livable wage. Through ITWorks, Matt earned two IT certifications and gained hands-on IT experience via an internship. Currently employed as a Help Desk Technician, Matt is well on his way to a brighter future and successful career in technology.
About Tech Impact:
Tech Impact is a charitable 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve our world. Tech Impact’s overarching goals are to ensure that nonprofits have the technology help they need, no matter the size of their budget, and that young adults have the opportunity to change their income potential for life
About Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation:
Bank of America is working to connect communities to better economic futures by responding to fundamental issues related to jobs, housing and basic human services. In addition to addressing immediate needs related to jobs, housing and hunger, they connect individuals to longer-term solutions that will help them improve their financial lives, from financial education and coaching to access to benefits. By connecting nonprofits and communities to much-needed resources, Bank of America can help create a better economic future for us all.