StartUP FIU Youth Entrepreneurship Program Selected as Citi Foundation Youth Workforce Fund Grantee to Prepare Miami Youth for Local Employment Needs

$3.75 million fund to increase access to apprenticeships, internships and vocational training for youth across the United States

 Miami (March, 18, 2019) – The Citi Foundation recently announced that StartUP FIU Entrepreneurship Program has been awarded a $250,000 grant from their 2018 Youth Workforce Fund, a national initiative that is supporting community organizations in key cities across the United states to help them expand their programming and connect low-income youth to a range of employment opportunities.

The Youth Workforce Fund is part of the Citi Foundation’s three year $100MM global Pathways to Progress initiative, which focuses on career readiness initiatives that provide youth job seekers the full range of services needed for long-term employment and economic success.

Through the Youth Workforce Fund, StartUP FIU Entrepreneurship Program will receive a grant of $250,000 to provide high school students with the opportunity to be micro-entrepreneurs and create wealth for themselves by learning about utilizing technologies and/or e-commerce platforms. This program is a transformational experiential learning program that prepares today’s youth for entrepreneurial pursuits. StartUP FIU Youth Entrepreneurship Program will also have access to technical assistance and opportunities to share best practices with other community organizations that are a part of this initiative.

“We are excited about the new initiative. StartUP FIU Youth is an opportunity to expose students to income generating opportunities through e-commerce and entrepreneurship. We are grateful to Citi Foundation’s Youth Workforce Fund for supporting our efforts to support Miami’s youth. We believe that our program will help provide students with tools to leverage the digital economy and access innovative pathways towards prosperity. We are thankful to our partners at Miami Dade County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education Department for their continuous support.” Kiesha Moodie, Director of StartUP FIU Youth Entrepreneurship Program.

Access to apprenticeships, internships and vocational training is essential to empowering youth and preparing them to compete in today’s economy. According to the Citi Foundation’s Global Youth Survey: Economic Prospects & Expectations, 78% of young people surveyed believe that internships and apprenticeships are critical for career success, however, 60% say there aren’t enough of these opportunities in their cities.

“Youth Workforce Fund grantees are helping to equip local youth with the skills and training necessary to fill employment needs in their communities,” said Brandee McHale, president of the Citi Foundation. “By addressing the skills mismatch these organizations are opening new doors for young workers across America and introducing them to long-term, meaningful career opportunities in their local communities.”




About StartUP FIU
StartUP FIU is a university-wide initiative to foster innovation and entrepreneurship to pursue opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. These opportunities include the development of breakthrough technologies, the pursuit of enterprises that close social or environmental gaps and the creation of companies that can create meaningful jobs of the future.

About StartUP FIU Youth Entrepreneurship Program
The StartUP FIU Youth Entrepreneurship Program is a transformational experiential learning program that prepares today’s youth for entrepreneurial pursuits. We nurture the culture of entrepreneurship by exploring and connecting Miami’s youth to income-generating opportunities in the digital economy.

About Miami-Date County Public Schools
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in the United States, comprised of 392 schools, 345,000 students and over 40,000 employees. Located at the southern end of the Florida peninsula, the school district stretches over 2,000 square miles of diverse and vibrant communities ranging from rural and suburban to urban cities and municipalities. A truly global community, district students speak 56 different languages and represent 160 countries.

About the Citi Foundation
The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation’s “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit