At Kaiser Permanente, we have long been dedicated serving our community, both in and outside of our medical buildings. Over the last several years, we’ve heard increasing concerns from our communities about economic opportunity and stability. It is imperative that we work to address these factors — which are often called upstream determinants of health –with the same passion with which we approach clinical care.
As part of this continued commitment, Kaiser Permanente has committed $1 million Prince George’s County through Venture Philanthropy Partners. This grant will fund the Ready for Work: Champions for Career and College Ready Graduates of Prince George’s County program. This program is designed to increase the number of students graduating from high school with the technical and academic skills they need for long-term employment.
By the year 2021, the Ready for Work initiative will help nearly 3,000 students in Prince George’s County gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workforce. Specifically, the program will focus on a number of measures, including increasing graduation rates, improving performance, and developing healthy behaviors.
This program is particularly promising because of its focus on economic opportunity for the youth of Prince George’s County. It builds on approximately $3 million in grants, donations, and sponsorships from Kaiser Permanente over the last three years in the county and more than 5,000 hours of employee volunteer time in 2015 alone.
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