United Airlines has announced a USD 1.0m grant to Year Up National Capital Region to provide transportation resources and professional skills to the students in the program, the company said.
The announcement represents United´s commitment to invest in and lift up the communities where many of its customers and employees live and work.
At its Washington Dulles hub, United shared that it will work with the nonprofit organization Year Up to help close the Opportunity Divide, specifically addressing the main barriers to the organization´s program participants in the capital region: transportation and examination fees.
Nearly 100 United Airlines employees based at Washington Dulles and Year Up students from around the region attended today´s $1 million event. Following the announcement, Year Up students paired up with United employees for one-on-one mentoring, career coaching and a tour of the airfield and a 767 aircraft.
This is the third in a series of announcements United is making in all of its domestic hub markets over the coming weeks. Each grant is part of a total of $8 million in grants to help address pressing issues identified by local leadership in each of its domestic hub market communities — Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Newark/New York.
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 354 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers.
Year Up is a national 501(c)3 organization that provides talented and motivated young adults ages 18-24 with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.