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The Fellowship Initiative

The Fellowship Initiative (TFI) provides intensive academic and leadership training to help young men of color from economically-distressed communities complete their high school educations, prepared to excel in colleges and universities.

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  • “Helping young black and Latino men overcome the obstacles they face is an urgent challenge that has been too long ignored. In New York City, we created a public-private partnership called the Young Men’s Initiative to confront the challenge head-on. We need more civic-minded companies and organizations to step up join this work, and I congratulate JPMorgan Chase for being a leader in this effort and for making a real difference in the lives of young men of color in our city."

    Michael bloomberg, former Mayor of new York City
  • “In Chicago our goal is 100% college-ready, 100% college-bound for every child, and that is what the Fellowship Initiative achieves for these young men who participate. Having a mentor that unlocks their potential and unleashes their talents in a constructive safe environment is the strongest tool there is for transforming lives. These opportunities not only benefit the young people who take advantage of them, they benefit our whole society, because when one young person succeeds in life, it is a win for our country.”

    rahm emanuel, Mayor of Chicago
  • “As the largest school district in the nation, we know that programs like the JPMorgan Chase Fellowship Initiative provide invaluable academic and social supports to our young men of color. I’m thrilled that The Fellowship Initiative is expanding in New York City giving additional students a chance to reach their individual potential."

    Bill de Blasio, Mayor of new York City
  • I’m pleased that JPMorgan Chase’s Fellowship Initiative will help young men of color in Los Angeles create opportunities for personal and economic success. I'm confident the academic support and leadership training offered to these students will help them prepare for college and get the skills they need to start rewarding careers."

    Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los angeles
  • "The Fellowship Initiative has been more than just a program to me. It's been a family, a brotherhood and a challenge."

    Tafari John-King, TFI Fellow and Harvard University, Class of 2017
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