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The Urban League of Rochester will use the donation from the 2009 Chase Corporate Challenge to help launch a Green Jobs initiative for area youth.

The Urban League of Rochester
to benefit from May 28 Corporate Challenge

ROCHESTER, April 15, 2009 — The Urban League of Rochester has been named the beneficiary of the May 28 Chase Corporate Challenge at Rochester Institute of Technology. The not-for-profit agency will receive a donation for each of the projected 11,000-plus entries from the region's largest road race.

The Urban League of Rochester will use the donation to help support the launch of a Youth Workforce Development and Green Jobs Initiative. The Urban League is very much focused on ensuring that all children are well educated and equipped for economic self-reliance in the 21st century; and on helping adults attain economic self-sufficiency through good jobs, home ownership, entrepreneurship and wealth accumulation.

The Green Jobs Initiative is a natural expansion of the Urban League's already successful Youth Build and SAFE programs through which hundreds of young people have been put on the track toward a healthy and productive adulthood.

Through focused training programs, young people will gain the skills needed to pursue careers in park management, ecological restoration, landscaping, and many other related fields. Youth enterprise programs will teach entrepreneurial skills and allow these young adults to start and run their own successful part-time businesses in their neighborhoods.

The partnership with the Urban League of Rochester fits neatly with the Corporate Challenge's Teaming Up For A Greener Tomorrow focus.

Race start for the May 28 Chase Corporate Challenge at RIT is 7 p.m. A total of 11,135 runners and walkers from 442 companies took the starting line in 2008. Registration is now open and support is available at Rochester@jpmorganchasecc.com or (585) 367-9307.

 

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