"Since its inception, this program has been addressing systemic, long-standing social and racial equity gaps in our communities in a variety of critical ways," Enterprise Holdings Chief Diversity Officer Errin Braddock said. "It’s been inspiring to witness the ROAD Forward initiative's broad reach across seven countries and over 400 communities."
Enterprise Holdings ROAD Forward
The announcement advances Enterprise Holdings’ ROAD Forward initiative, a five-year, $55 million commitment to help address social and racial equity gaps in the communities where we operate. Of this, $35 million is allocated to local communities across 70-plus global operating teams over five years, and $20 million supports four nationally renowned nonprofit organizations in the U.S.—My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a program of the Obama Foundation, UNCF, Girls Inc. and Parents as Teachers.
The ROAD Forward commitment focuses on the four pillars of Respect, Opportunity, Achievement and Diversity (ROAD) for youth and families by helping to address social and racial equity gaps in three key areas: early childhood development, youth health & wellness and career & college preparation.
- Early childhood development: The foundation for future success is built on access to preschool, pre-K, kindergarten and other opportunities for introducing learning and literacy. Enterprise Holdings believes in laying the building blocks of empowerment through early development and education to generate enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
- Youth health & wellness: Health disparities are unfortunate symptoms of racial and socioeconomic inequality. Enterprise Holdings is supporting the creation of opportunities to engage in positive behaviors that nurture physical and mental well-being. This enables self-sufficiency and closes the gap in healthy outcomes among our youth.
- Career & college preparation: The transition from childhood to adulthood is a crucial time for establishing a productive and healthy life. Enterprise Holdings is investing in programs and organizations that provide college admissions and financial aid guidance, exposure and access to employers, career development coaching, skills training and interview preparation. Equal access to these critical resources promotes long-term financial stability and mobility.
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