With access to quality education, young people can build the foundation for a lifetime of opportunities.
At Liberty Mutual, we believe in expanding educational opportunities for underserved students, from early childhood education through successful college or career advancement. Our community partners reach young people in a broad spectrum of learning environments, from preschools to play spaces, summer camps to college campuses and more. In every case, they empower and inspire young people not only to pursue their dreams but also to achieve them.
Our community partners’ work has taken on new urgency in light of the school closures and virtual learning necessitated by the pandemic, which had an outsized impact on low-income communities. Liberty Mutual lent its support as our partners redoubled their efforts to close achievement gaps and help ensure that all students have the support they need to succeed.
Meet our featured community partners
Future Chefs offers professional and life skills training, leadership opportunities and invaluable employment experience to teens who dream of a career in the culinary arts. Liberty Mutual was proud to provide a multi-year grant to support programming at Future Chefs’ new, state-of-the-art facility in Dorchester, MA, which culminated in 2021. Now more accessible by public transportation, Future Chefs’ programs are making a difference in even more young people’s lives, preparing them for careers that are personally fulfilling and financially stable.
Combating Learning Loss
One of the most far-reaching consequences of the pandemic has been the impact of school closures and remote schooling on children’s academic progress — particularly in underserved communities. But with the help of dedicated teachers, tutors and mentors, students can rebound from learning loss and move forward. It’s why, as part of our response to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Liberty Mutual provided grants to YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston After School and Beyond, and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, three organizations whose after-school and summer academic programs are helping children and teens achieve their full potential.
The Denise Louie Education Center
The Denise Louie Education Center (DLEC) is dedicated to educating and empowering children and families in the Seattle area. Through multicultural early learning services, play and learn groups, parenting guidance and health support for pregnant women, DLEC helps prepare children for success in school and ensure that caregivers — many of whom are recent immigrants or refugees — have the tools to support them. Even amidst the challenges of the pandemic, DLEC has been there for families, offering many of its services virtually. Liberty Mutual is proud to support their invaluable work.
Putting young students on the path toward success in college and beyond
A college degree opens the door to more career options and greater earning potential. But 40% of undergraduates in the US drop out of college before graduating, with Black students dropping out at a rate of 54%. Some students leave because of financial challenges, while others may need additional preparation and support to succeed in a college setting. Fortunately, there are many nonprofits dedicated to helping young people not only get into college but thrive there — and beyond. Liberty Mutual supports a broad portfolio of such organizations. This year we provided bonus college coaching grants to 14 of them, to help them make an even greater impact.