We are honored to announce that Verizon has awarded a $100,000 grant to support Larkin Street Academy’s workforce development programs. This grant is part of Verizon’s commitment to increase digital inclusion nationwide by removing the barriers to economic prosperity and ensuring the benefits of technology are accessible to all.

The $100,000 grant will strengthen existing programs supporting young people experiencing homelessness towards building a career path in technology. Larkin Street believes that providing employment training and job placements, especially in high-growth industries like technology, are pivotal to ensure that young people can exit homelessness permanently.

“Verizon has quickly demonstrated how strong of a partner it can be to us and more importantly to our youth,” said Sherilyn Adams, Larkin Street Executive Director. “Beyond providing grant support for our workforce development programs and helping young people get into the tech industry, Verizon has already shown its commitment by sharing our story broadly and working to get more people engaged with our work. We look forward to building on this relationship for years to come and creating more opportunities for the youth we serve.”

“At Verizon, we’re on a mission to move the world forward together for good. Providing access to new technologies with our best-in-class networks will have a strong and lasting impact as we strive to help our communities and our society get ready for the next generation and beyond,” said Rudy Reyes, West Region Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Verizon. “Verizon is excited to partner with organizations such as Larkin Street Youth Services to make cutting-edge connectivity and technology more available and accessible, an initiative that will help prepare our communities for the future of work, reduce social disadvantages and increase economic opportunity for everyone.”