Corporate Responsibility in Ireland
J.P. Morgan is committed to building vibrant communities, preserving our environment and promoting an inclusive culture across the globe that benefits people not only today, but for generations to come.
Globally, J.P. Morgan, through the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, makes philanthropic investments in cities where it has major operations, assisting those suffering disadvantage to help them build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities. Across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the firm focuses its investment and attention on three pillars: Economic Development, Financial Empowerment and Workforce Readiness. Across Ireland our commitments include:
- Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
- The City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC)
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) founded in 2005 was the first, and are now by a number of measures the largest, organization in Ireland to explicitly focus on and promote social entrepreneurs. J.P. Morgan is supporting The Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Social Impact Program. This initiative supports a small number of high potential social entrepreneurs who can demonstrate that their project and their own personal capabilities have the intrinsic capacity required to deliver financially sustainable impact, but require a phase of intense support to overcome significant barriers that exist.
Funding from J.P. Morgan will help implement the evaluation and outcome measurement framework for two of the social entrepreneurs SEI is currently supporting: the Fledglings Early Years Education & Care, a not for profit social franchise to train, support and mentor early years educators to set up their own affordable child-care services; and the Bridge to College (B2C) Program which delivers a dynamic learning experience for young people. Working with over 1,500 young people, the program seeks to lift educational horizons based on a new model of team-based workshops and technology-mediated learning.
The City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC)
The CDVEC believes that education should be available and accessible to all and has always been at the forefront of educational innovation. They deliver a range of mainstream and non-mainstream programmes through 22 schools and colleges, offering Second Level, Further Education, Adult Education as well as innovative support for adults and out-of-school young people, which addresses disadvantage and social inclusion. Youthreach is a further education programme that has been specifically designed for young people aged 15 to 20 who have left school early, with either poor or no academic qualifications. It is a joint programme between the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. CDVEC currently has ten Youthreach Centres supporting approximately 600 early school leavers per annum.
Previous funding from the firm in 2011 established the ‘Tomorrow’s Work’ programme pilot, which works to raise the employability of young people engaged with Youthreach. This programme was successfully piloted in three Youthreach Centres in the North-Inner City of Dublin and a web-based evaluation tool was developed (the ‘Youthreach Profiler’) to asses students’ academic ability, future employability, gaps in skills and barriers to employment.
J.P. Morgan’s support in 2013 will go towards implementing the ‘Tomorrow’s Work’ programme in the remaining seven Youthreach Centres in Dublin City and expanding the web-based evaluation tool into a suite of assessment tools for all adult learners, developing a ‘Further Education and Training Profiler’.