The Fellowship Initiative Expands to 3 Cities

The Fellows with Jamie Dimon, Colin Powell, Dalilia Wilson-Scott and Gayle King

Fellows are joined by General Colin Powell, Gayle Knight and Jamie Dimon on June 23, 2014, at the announcement of the program's expansion.

Four years ago, Dariel used to compare the gunshots he heard outside his home to fireworks. He struggled with a 1.5 high school GPA. Today, with a high school diploma and a 3.0 GPA, he's a rising college sophomore. And this summer, he's back home in Harlem helping other young men of color access the same opportunities he had as part of The Fellowship Initiative's (TFI) inaugural class in 2010.

On June 23, 2014, at corporate headquarters in New York, we announced the expansion of TFI to Chicago and Los Angeles with a larger class of Fellows in New York City. The first 24 Fellows in the program were joined at the event by General Colin Powell, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and CBS This Morning Co-host Gayle King, who together applauded the program and its impact upon the participants.

The Fellows with Michael Bloomberg, Former Mayor New York City

Former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg, with Fellows.

The expanded program will open the door to another 120 young men of color in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, providing them access to training and experiences that broaden their horizons and help set them up for long-term success. The program includes hands-on academic enrichment, immersive experiential learning, leadership development, one-on-one mentorship and college admissions coaching. JPMorgan Chase employees will contribute to the Fellows' social and emotional growth by serving as mentors throughout the program. Since first launching as a pilot in 2010 in New York City, the first 24 Fellows have graduated from high school on time and finished their freshman year at four-year colleges. Collectively, the 24 students received scholarships and grants totaling $8.4 million and reported elevated academic goals, career aspirations and life-changing personal growth.

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

“These young men need access to high quality education and positive role models in and outside the classroom…We want to raise their expectations for what they can achieve in life – and give them the tools for academic and personal success. The Fellowship Initiative is a smart investment in their individual futures and the future of our country.”

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Photos by Diane Bondareff/Invision for JPMorgan Chase/AP Images