Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) today announced that Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., has pledged to renew their grant supporting the Job Readiness program for at-risk and homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
HMI’s Job Readiness program is designed to arm young people ages 12 to 24 with the basic skill sets needed to seek and obtain employment, by teaching young adults about interview skills, resume building, and job skills development. Over the next year HMI will serve 350 young people through workshops, conferences, panels, and other learning experiences.
“Alcoa’s deep commitment to empowering and preparing at-risk and homeless LGBTQ youth for employment is inspirational,” said Thomas Krever, the Executive Director of the Hetrick-Martin Institute. “This grant will provide young people with an opportunity of a lifetime through exposure to the world of work. It’s also worth noting that Alcoa’s support for LGBTQ youth comes at the height of Pride Month and HMI’s June Match Campaign, where every dollar donated is doubled by generous matching funds from The Roddick Foundation and HMI’s own Board of Directors.”
“Preparing the next generation for entry into the workforce is a top priority for Alcoa and building on the successful outcomes that were achieved through our partnership with HMI last year, Alcoa is proud to continue our support,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation.
HMI has successfully prepared students to find and keep permanent employment. Last year, HMI helped place youth in positions with the Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS and the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center.
HMI is the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization serving more than 2,500 youth from over 350 zip codes. HMI believes that all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.
Source: Hetrick-Martin Institute.