JetBlue Foundation Focuses on Mentorship, Diversity and STEM and Technical Education Training with its Latest Round of Grants
-- The 2019 JetBlue Foundation Grants Will Help 13 Education Programs Introduce Nearly 5,000 Students from Traditionally Underrepresented Communities to Careers in Aviation --
-- Broadening Its Reach, The JetBlue Foundation Awards Its First International Grant which will Provide Skills Training and Economic Opportunity for Girls and Women in
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“The JetBlue Foundation is creating clearer career pathways for the next generation in aviation,” said
The 2019 grant recipients span JetBlue’s route map including the first international recipient, with grant winners coming from
ACE Mentor Program of
New York( Queens, NY) is a free afterschool program for high school students interested in architecture, engineering and construction. This grant will help support a mentoring program benefiting students in JetBlue’s home borough – Queens, NY.
Latino Pilots Association( Fort Lauderdale, Fla.and New York City) is a volunteer organization comprised of professional pilots from different sectors of the aviation industry. Its nationwide network of pilot mentors give back to the Latino community in a variety of ways. JetBlue Foundationfunding will support the Academy for Latinosin Aviation Science (ALAS) program.
National CARES Mentoring Movement( Atlantaand New York City) works to transform the lives of underprivileged Black children by inspiring and mobilizing Black professionals to mentor and nourish them. The organization will use this grant to support their HBCU Rising: A Campus-Public Schools Literacy and STEM Mentoring Initiative.
New Yorkon Tech ( New York City) prepares the next generation of tech leaders by creating pathways for students to thrive in technology and innovation. The organization will use their grant to fund the Tech Flex Leaders initiative, an immersive out-of-school time program for high school juniors and seniors offering mentorship with industry professionals and access to professional opportunities.
YMCA of Northern Utah( Salt Lake City) provides support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. This grant will benefit their Gender Equity Program which guides students through activities focused on decision-making, problem-solving and critical-thinking.
STEM and Technical Education Training Programs
Caribbean Science Foundation( Barbados, West Indies) assists with diversifying the economies of the Caribbean Regionby harnessing science and technology for economic development, helping to raise the standard of living. These funds will support their Computer Coding Workshopand other efforts providing skills and economic opportunity for girls and women in Barbados.
CodeNation (formerly ScriptEd)(
New York City) equips students in under-resourced high schools with the skills, experiences and connections, creating access to careers in technology. This JetBlue Foundationgrant will help support their Code Nation NYC Coding Classes: Tech Education for Underserved Youth programming.
Cristo Rey New York High School (
East Harlem, NY) serves students of all faiths who have demonstrated the potential and motivation to achieve success and who do not have the educational background or financial means to attend another private, college-prep school. This grant will be used for inquiry-based instruction and science curriculum reform.
Dutchess Community College(Upstate New York) is an enriching, challenging and supportive academic environment that allows students to discover, explore and pursue their STEM interests. The JetBlue Foundationfunds will support the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program for future aircraft technicians and mechanics.
Elementary Institute of Science( San Diego) is a nonprofit organization committed to increasing lifelong opportunities for students of southeast San Diegothrough STEM education. This JetBlue Foundationgrant will help the organization further develop its Girls Take Flight program.
Northeast STEM Starter Academyat Mt. Vernon( New York-metro area) introduces the marvels of science to at-risk students. They will utilize their JetBlue Foundationgrant for their Science of Success programming which helps high performing high school students secure their Pilot’s License.
Speech and Language Development Center(SLDC) ( Long Beach, Calif.) is a non-profit school and therapy center for children and adults with special needs. SLDC provides classroom education with fill collaborative therapy intervention. Aligning with JetBlue’s mission of inspiring humanity, this JetBlue Foundationgrant will support the STREAM Lab: adapted STEM lab for children with special needs.
Tools & Tiaras, Inc.( New York City) is committed to advancing the interest of young girls and women who want to pursue non-traditional careers. The JetBlue Foundationgrant will help the organization expand its programming to motivate young girls and women dreaming of having careers in traditionally male-dominated industries.
JetBlue Foundation Signature Programs
This summer the
The OBAP ACE Academyintroduces aviation careers to students ages 14 – 18 from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the industry. During these programs, students participate in hands-on activities and have the opportunity to learn directly from JetBluepilots and other aviation professionals. This summer, the JetBlue Foundationand OBAP hosted seven ACE Academyprograms in Boston; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Los Angeles/Long Beach; New York, Orlando, Fla.; San Juan, Puerto, Ricoand St. Thomas– U.S. Virgin Islands. In total more than 150 students participated in the JetBlue Foundation-funded OBAP ACE Academyprograms. View a video on this initiative here.
Project Scientist STEM Expedition Academyis a summer program for girls ages four to 12, in Southern Californiawho have a strong interest and aptitude for STEM. The vision of Project Scientist is to transform the face of STEM by nurturing future scientists who will lead the world in solving tomorrow's greatest challenges. The STEM Expedition Summer Academyincludes behind-the-scenes looks at STEM-focused companies and college programs as well as a visit to JetBlue’s operation at Long Beach Airport.
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