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FCA Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to Winning Futures Student Workforce Prep Mentoring Program


Stephen Hatfield (Troy, Michigan) is a FCA US employee and was recently recognized by Winning Futures as Mentor of the Year at Pontiac Academy for Excellence (Pontiac, Michigan) and by FCA US for his outstanding community service

December 11, 2018 , Warren, MI -

Winning Futures today announced a one-year $50,000 grant from the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC. Funding from the FCA Foundation will support core expenses for local 10th-graders who are participating in Workforce Prep – an in-school mentoring and leadership skills development program for challenged high school students. This program addresses the critical need to better prepare students for life and careers after high school.

Workforce Prep is a four-year program that starts with students in the 10th grade and continues through the student’s first year of continuing education. Through in-class mentoring and leadership skills development, job shadowing and internships, students gain critical workplace skills and hands-on experience, empowering them with the tools, knowledge and motivation they will need to realize a meaningful career and upward mobility.

“The FCA Foundation’s support of youth development and education is truly outstanding,” Winning Futures President and CEO Kristina Marshall said. “Their support enables us to carry out our mission, preparing students to be self-reliant, successful adults.”

“We are very pleased to partner with organizations like Winning Futures, who are highly effective at giving young people the skills and support needed to succeed in school, at work and in life,” said Emeel Ajluni, Vice President – FCA Foundation. “We also believe that empowering and educating our youth is key to building strong, resilient communities.”

Winning Futures’ Workforce Prep program supports 500 students at seven metro Detroit high schools and engages 150 mentors from the community, including nine FCA US employees. Programs are currently held at Warren Mott High School (Warren, Michigan), Community High School (Sterling Heights, Michigan), Pontiac Academy for Excellence (Pontiac, Michigan), Mumford High School (Detroit, Michigan), Cass Technical High School (Detroit, Michigan), Harper Woods High School (Harper Woods, Michigan), and Madison High School (Madison Heights, Michigan).

Stephen Hatfield is an FCA US employee and has mentored through Winning Futures since 2012. Hatfield has dedicated more than 375 volunteer service hours helping more than 35 students become self-reliant, employable and productive adults. He was honored by Winning Futures earlier this year as Mentor of the Year at Pontiac Academy for Excellence and recently recognized by FCA for his outstanding community service.

“I love making a connection with the kids and being an adult they can rely on and learn from,” said Hatfield. “We never have enough people we can learn from.”

Click here to watch a FCA US video recognizing Hatfield’s community service.

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Kristina Marshall (Troy, Michigan) – President and CEO Winning Futures
Emeel Ajluni, Vice President – FCA Foundation

About Winning Futures

Winning Futures (www.WinningFutures.org) is an award-winning nonprofit organization that empowers youth to succeed through mentoring, strategic planning and workforce preparation. The organization partners with metro Detroit high schools to deliver weekly in-class life skill and workforce preparation sessions that are facilitated by local business professionals. A recent recipient of the National Quality Member designation from MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, Winning Futures has positively impacted more than 47,000 students and awarded $1.9 million in scholarships.

About the FCA Foundation
The FCA Foundation is the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. The FCA Foundation invests in U.S. charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, build strong, resilient communities and generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts. In support of these objectives, the FCA Foundation focuses on the following foundational pillars: youth development, education, support for veterans and their families, and community service.
 

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MCAN Receives $50,000 Grant From FCA Foundation
Grant Will Assist in Making College a Reality for Michiganders

Funding provided by the FCA Foundation will:
  • Make college a reality for Michiganders, particularly low-income students, first-generation, college-going students and students of color
  • Ensure students have access to the knowledge, tools and support to make college and postsecondary degrees or credentials a reality
  • Support MCAN’s goal of ‘Sixty by 30’ — 60% of Michigan’s residents will have a postsecondary degree or credential by 2030


February 4, 2020 , Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has received a $50,000 grant from the FCA Foundation that will enhance programs and activities to help Michiganders, particularly low-income students, first-generation college-going students and students of color, pursue college and postsecondary degrees and credentials. The grant, the second of its kind from the charitable arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, will also help foster the growth of the college-going culture and process — particularly in southeastern Michigan.

“This continued investment will enhance our capacity to increase postsecondary attainment in Southeast Michigan,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “We appreciate that the FCA Foundation’s interests align with our central work in the region. They clearly understand the need for developing talent through education.”

“Research tells us that education, particularly a postsecondary education, can have a profound effect that can extend generations into the future,” said Christine Estereicher, global chief operating officer for the FCA Foundation. “We are pleased to support MCAN in its efforts to ensure students and their families have access to the knowledge, tools and support to make college, and the completion of postsecondary degrees and credentials, a reality.”

This funding and these efforts will help MCAN achieve its “Sixty by 30” goal — 60 percent of Michigan’s residents will have a postsecondary degree or credential by 2030.

FCA Foundation
The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, supports organizations and initiatives that help empower people, build strong, resilient communities and generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts particularly in the field of education.

Michigan College Access Network (MCAN)
As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN has a mission to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first- generation college-going students and students of color. For the eighth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7% of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 41% in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4% of Michiganders have a postsecondary certificate, bringing Michigan’s official 2019 attainment rate to 45%. MCAN’s goal is to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60% by 2030. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.
 
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