Wilmington Leaders Alliance Receives Grant From Community Foundation For Workforce Development And Violence Reduction Initiatives

Wilmington, DE. December 27, 2018 – Wilmington Leaders Alliance is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Longwood Foundation. These funds will support and expand the WLA’s city-centric Workforce Development Initiative. The funding additionally will support Teen Violence Reduction, another area of focus for the Wilmington Leaders Alliance.


The WLA has worked as a catalyst to increase capacity to provide workforce training, education and internship placement within the City and increase employment of Wilmington-based citizens within Wilmington-based employers. The WLA believes the workforce has to meet the needs of employers by providing a high quality, skilled worker who has a network of support that ensures longevity and provides the unemployed/underemployed individual a pathway to skilled training and employment within Wilmington. The WLA has received funding to continue its partnership with Generation US through its Universal Banker Program to graduate and place 200 residents in living wage jobs in the financial industry through partner employers. Additionally, the WLA will expand its workforce development efforts to the Construction and Trade sectors by training and placing 200 residents in living wage jobs and pre-apprenticeship opportunities in those sectors in partnership with ABC Delaware and Williamson College of the Trades.


WLA is working with an organization to increase alignment of providers to support high-risk teens in the most challenging neighborhoods and thereby over the next two years enable the engagement of hundreds of teens in programs to increase school and prevention activity attendance and decrease juvenile crime in targeted areas.  The Welfare Foundation has also provided financial support for the teen violence reduction efforts.


The WLA Board’s important decision to address areas of need for the city and its residents, coupled with continued commitment from WLA member companies and grants from the Longwood and Welfare Foundations, has placed WLA in a position to achieve success over the next two years and measurably contribute to Wilmington’s resurgence.


Please reach out to our Director of Strategic Initiatives, Peggy M. Geisler for media and press inquiries at (410) 310-5969.


About the Wilmington Leaders Alliance

Wilmington Leaders Alliance (WLA) comprises more than 30 leading businesses, civic organizations and foundations, all working together to foster, support and drive positive change for Wilmington. Visit WLAGrowth.org for more information.


About the Longwood Foundation

The Longwood Foundation was founded in 1937 by Pierre S. du Pont, initially to support the operation of Longwood Gardens and the funding of various community projects. The Longwood Foundation strives to continuously increase the impact of grant funds by selecting the requests with the greatest potential for impact through the grant review process, creating opportunities to coordinate initiatives in a way that fits the Longwood Foundation mission and values and being cognizant of and responsive to best practices in philanthropy.

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