DENVER, Colo. — Goodwill Industries of Denver is excited to announce the organization has been awarded a $20,000 grant from The Boeing Company. The generous gift will support Goodwill’s efforts to expose disadvantaged youth in the Denver metro area to career pathways related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The grant will specifically fund Goodwill’s STEM Initiative in Aurora, Colorado which includes 21st Century skills coursework, direct engagement with STEM industry employers, internships with STEM employers and STEM career events.
“Colorado is in need of workers with engineering-related skills, and Goodwill is determined to address that skills gap in our state head-on,” said Karla Grazier, Interim President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Denver. “We are honored and excited to have such an outstanding leader in the STEM industry supporting our mission to provide the resources and skills students need to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce. Together we can ensure Denver’s most disadvantaged students have the opportunity to thrive in these promising career fields.”
This grant will support STEM programming specifically in four of Goodwill’s partner schools in Aurora—Gateway High School, Hinkley High School, Martin Luther King Early College and Aurora West Preparatory Academy.
"Our people have unique skills and an unwavering passion for making a difference in the world, both through our products and services and the ways we give back to our communities," said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, President and CEO. "When that's combined with our professional networks, partnerships and financial resources, we have the potential to drive positive, lasting change across the globe in important areas such as STEM learning and veterans' support."
Students graduate from Goodwill’s STEM Initiative with college credits, real-world industry experience, lasting professional connections and a career plan that will propel them to success in both their postsecondary education and employment in STEM-related careers. Its STEM Initiative is just one of many Goodwill career development programs that impact the lives of tens of thousands of Coloradans with barriers to employment every year.
About Goodwill Industries of Denver
Goodwill Industries of Denver provides career development resources for tens of thousands of Coloradans with barriers to employment. Goodwill’s community programs facilitate job preparation and skills training for at-risk youth, struggling families and individuals with disabilities. Through its thrift retail operations, donations, corporate partnerships and recycling processes, Goodwill is ensuring that every individual in our community has the opportunity to live to their fullest potential and overcome obstacles to find success and self-sufficiency. Goodwill Industries of Denver began its legacy of community impact in the Mile High City in 1918. Visit www.goodwilldenver.org to learn more about its 100 year history in Denver.
About The Boeing Company
Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with the company’s strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. See how Boeing is making a difference by visiting the 2018 Boeing Global Engagement Portfolio at Boeing.com/community. Chicago-based Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. Engage on social @Boeing with #BoeingInspires.