Summer Jobs Connect to Provide Summer Job Opportunities, Financial Education, and Banking Access to an Additional 145,000 Young People


Seed Funder Citi Foundation Commits an additional $3.5 Million to support Financial Empowerment for Summer Youth Employment Programs; the PNC Foundation and The Skillman Foundation Join to Advance SJC Initiative in Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, and Detroit

NEW YORK, June 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, national nonprofit organization the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) kicked off the ninth summer of Summer Jobs Connect (SJC), which will provide more than 145,000 low-income youth in 25 cities with summer jobs and access to banking and financial education. Seed funder, the Citi Foundation, announced an additional $3.5 million in support of the Summer Jobs Connect initiative’s ninth year; since launching in 2014, the Citi Foundation has invested nearly $40 million in this initiative, providing more than 800,000 low-income youth across 25 municipally-led Summer Youth Employment Programs with opportunities for banking access and financial education, as well as employed over 16,500 young people. Additionally, the PNC Foundation announced their support of $295,000 to expand the Summer Jobs Connect initiative in Albuquerque, NM and Pittsburgh, PA, and The Skillman Foundation provided $175,000 to support this work in Detroit, MI for a fourth year.

“For eight years, we have been proudly working alongside the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund to build a movement across the U.S. to help provide summer jobs and financial education to young people,” said Brandee McHale, Head of Community Investing and Development and President of the Citi Foundation.  “Early employment experiences and access to financial resources provide game-changing opportunities for young people and put them on a path to long-term success.”

“At PNC, we commit to helping the low- and moderate-income communities where we operate thrive and prosper,” said Rey Ocañas, PNC Bank’s director of Community Development Banking. “We’re excited that the CFE Fund will use this PNC Foundation grant to…