The Bank of America Foundation has awarded MY TURN a $60,000 grant to support the organization’s Summer Employment Program for Manchester-area students. The program will operate throughout the summer and will support 40 high school students as they embark on summer learning and work opportunities in their community.
MY TURN works in underserved communities to address a variety of challenges, including lower income, homelessness, court and legal issues, disabilities, pregnant/parenting youth, basic skills deficiencies, and English-language learners. The organization offers 13 programs in five gateway cities characterized by high rates of new immigration, poverty, school dropouts and unemployment. MY TURN’s mission is to unleash the full potential in people, regardless of circumstance, helping them chart a course to a bright future.
“Without the support of the Bank of America Foundation, dozens of local students and some of Manchester’s most vulnerable youth would be without learning and work opportunities this summer,” said MY TURN Executive Director, Allison Joseph. “This grant is a game-changer for our kids who suffered some real set-backs during COVID. We are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Bank of America.”
For many years, Bank of America has worked with nonprofit partners, elected officials, business and civic leaders and others across New Hampshire to help drive economic opportunity and mobility. Recently, Bank of America announced its newly expanded $1.25 billion, five-year commitment to help advance racial equality and economic opportunity in local communities. The commitment supports investments that address racial justice, advocacy and equality for people and communities of color and further accelerates work already underway in the areas of health, jobs/reskilling, affordable housing and small business.
“Bank of America is focused on creating opportunity in areas are where systemic, long-term gaps have existed and where significant change is required to achieve sustainable progress,” said Ken Sheldon, President, Bank of America New Hampshire. “MY TURN’s Summer Employment Program provides local youth with the experience and skills needed to thrive, and we look forward to seeing the program’s impact on our region for years to come.”
MY TURN relies on contributions from the community to provide support, leadership, education and employment opportunities to more than 700 young people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. More information can be found at: www.my-turn.org.