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The Fellowship Initiative (TFI) is a partnership between Youth Guidance and JPMorgan Chase designed to expand economic opportunities for young men of color.

We are building a diverse community that develops a pipeline of young men of color, from across Chicago, who excel academically, graduate high school, persist in college and are equipped to lead change in their communities.

Our program is designed to support fellows in expanding the skills, knowledge, experience, networks, and other resources they need to succeed academically and professionally.

Our Solution

  • Young Man of Color
  • Currently enrolled as a sophomore (class of 2023) in a Chicago area high school
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A commitment to academic achievement
  • Leadership
  • Achievement
  • Cultural Identity
  • Integrity
  • Equity
  • Public Service
  • Resilience
  • Community
  • A strong interest in attending and graduating from a 4-year college/university
  • Interest and a track record of leadership and public service

Impact of the Fellowship Initiative

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My Experience as a Fellow: When I joined TFI, I was pretty shy and not very outspoken. TFI has helped me to be the person that I am today – motivated and confident. I feel like if I put my mind to something, I can accomplish it.
What’s Next: Attending Purdue University and majoring in Engineering. I definitely want to give back and invest in young men of color who are less fortunate. If I can help one young man and see him succeed, I will be super excited.

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TFI News

JPMorgan Chase’s The Fellowship Initiative Expands to Help More than 1,000 Young Black and Latinx Men in U.S. Cities Access Economic Opportunity

 

This D&I program is marking its 10th year with a major expansion

Participating in The Fellowship Initiative

Thank You to JPMorgan Chase

Youth Guidance is grateful to JPMorgan Chase for their vision and support of this program. To date, more than 350 JPMorgan Chase employees have worked with TFI Fellows as mentors, coaches, role models, speakers, or volunteers in various capacities. Since its launch in 2010, the program has been expanded and serves new classes of Fellows in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

Learn more about JPMorgan Chase’s involvement.