HFLI Receives Workforce Development Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

DEARBORN, MI – September 12, 2016 – Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI) has been awarded a grant as part of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s 2016 Workforce Development Program. The $17,500 grant will help HFLI expand its Design Thinking learning programs in Detroit to include entrepreneurship and leadership connections for youth ages 16-21.


HFLI JumpStart is a new multi-day program that will introduce youth to the mindsets, tools and resources that can help them move an idea from an initial enthusiastic spark to an entrepreneurial venture. One of the program’s key differentiators is a foundational use of Design Thinking, a human-centered design process that provides a structured way to innovate and address real world problems. Design Thinking is often missing from the entrepreneur’s toolkit. This pilot program will run throughout the 2016-17 school year and engage 100 young people; over time, HFLI plans to expand the program to a semester-long learning experience.


“Entrepreneurship competencies are increasingly valuable, even when ‘intrapreneuring’ inside a longstanding organization. However, entrepreneurship, the mindsets it requires and access to mentors are missing from traditional K-12 education,” said Deborah Parizek, Executive Director of Henry Ford Learning Institute. “We are thrilled to partner with Bank of America to empower youth with the competencies to succeed as entrepreneurs and innovators, thereby working together to strengthen the workforce in Detroit.”


About Henry Ford Learning Institute

Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI) is a non-profit organization that imagines, designs and delivers programs to help people become more creative and innovative in how they think and learn. HFLI was founded in 2003 by The Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company Fund to equip K-12 students with the skills to imagine and innovate a brighter future and to make an effective transition from the classroom to college and beyond. Today, HFLI partners with organizations around the world to empower innovators and resourceful learners with the tools, skills and capacity to empathize, ideate, create and adapt as contributing members of thriving schools, communities, and workplaces. Learn more at www.hfli.org and follow us on Twitter at @HFLI.


About Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility

At Bank of America, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is critical to fulfilling our core purpose of making people’s financial lives better. A commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company, from our policies and practices to our services, products, governance and employee benefits. An important part of that commitment is forming strong partnerships across sectors, including nonprofit organizations serving community needs, bringing our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. We’re proud of our employees’ volunteer efforts, support of diversity and inclusion, and environmental and social responsibility. Across our company, we’re focused on simplifying banking and investing, advancing better money habits and making an impact in communities around the world. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow us on Twitter at @BankofAmerica.


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