“Employment is one of the most powerful economic vehicles that bolsters communities.”
The Featherstone Foundation’s work creates career pathways for underrepresented communities. Our Workforce program, Reaching New Heights has placed candidates from international backgrounds and those from Latin communities into promising careers in the financial services industries.
We continue to help underemployed and unemployed communities receive jobs through our flagship initiative, Reaching New Heights program. The promising multilingual candidates are selected through a competitive application and interview process to participate in our 8-week, workforce program to receive job training and secure meaningful careers. The program incubates multilingual talent and provides a pipeline for employers to tap qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds.
Economic Impact: Our trainees now work at Bank of America, Fulton Bank, Howard Bank, Maryland Live Casino, MECU, PNC, Pandora, SECU, State Farm, Truist, Wells Fargo, and other organizations, earning between $9,000 and $42,000 more in wages, plus benefits.
To date, the program has served:
Nearly 76 Participants
Systemic Change: Our annual employer partners’ meeting convenes leaders from Baltimore’s top corporations to address inequalities in recruitment, hiring, and retention and to help HR professionals make systematic changes in their hiring that address economic and racial disparities.
Learn more about our program in this press release: Maryland State Leaders Praise Featherstone Foundation’s Multilingual Workforce Initiative