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JP Morgan Chase Grant Supports Boys Town Washington DC Youth During Pandemic

The term “distance learning” took on a whole new meaning this past spring when the coronavirus pandemic overwhelmed the country and the world. Students were sent home as schools were closed. Technology became a necessity in order to learn at home as computers and internet access became the new normal when it came to learning outside of the classroom.

But not all students were so fortunate to have the resources needed to stay on pace with their peers. Thanks to the support of JP Morgan Chase, Boys Town Washington DC received the financial aid to facilitate learning at home.

Many of the families in our care do not have access to laptops or tablets, or even wifi. And, while the DC district schools provided laptops for some students, most of those computers went to high school and middle school students, leaving Boys Town DC's primary service group – elementary age students – without!

That's where JP Morgan Chase stepped up to help our youth.

Boys Town Washington DC was awarded an emergency assistance grant for school supplies and technology. The $5,000 grant went directly towards purchasing 17 tablets, directly impacting families in our Care Coordination program. The assistance came during a time when many families were unsure how to navigate at-home learning.

Our Care Coordinators worked directly with families to ensure they do not experience a delay in continuing their children's education online. However, these tablets have continued serving our families in more ways than one.

Due to the pandemic, Boys Town Washington DC was unable to host its annual summer camp in person. But with the aid of the tablets, the kids still received the opportunity to virtually experience the camp. This free summer camp has been an extension of our Care Coordination services. It has been offered to families that have a recorded history with truancy. The aim of the camp is to help children build skills that can be utilized in the classroom and to help parents with childcare during the summer months. It has provided structure, social-skills training and recreational and educational experiences during the summer break. Many of the children who attend the summer camp have never been to camp because their parents have never been able to afford it.

Thanks to the thoughtful donation from JP Morgan Chase, the kids did not fall behind, and they will return to school this fall feeling confident.

The grant was made possible with the help of our board member, Alfonso Pearson. Pearson is the Community Reinvestment and Partnership Relationship Manager for JP Morgan Chase.

“Chase is proud to support the needs of the communities that we serve by providing emergency funding as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to Boys Town Washington DC,” Pearson said. “The funding will support the distance learning needs of the young people receiving services at Boys Town.”