The Fellowship Initiative (TFI)
Bringing Success to Youth
When The JPMorgan Chase Foundation created The Fellowship Initiative (TFI), a college readiness program for young men of color in four cities across the U.S., they knew their students, known as The Fellows, would need emotional as well as academic support in order to succeed. So, they turned to the experts: MHA-NYC.
MHA-NYC engaged with JPMorgan Chase’s program to create customized assessments to identify unmet needs and curricula to educate the TFI scholars. As part of the program, we developed tailored training seminars to help the mentors support The Fellows, identified targeted mental health resources, and worked with them individually and in groups to enhance coping skills to manage academic and other life challenges. By teaching The Fellows and mentors to identify mental health issues and to understand when and how to get help, MHA-NYC helps put success within reach of every one of the TFI scholars.
Linda M. Rodríguez, Head of The Fellowship Initiative and Program Officer for Youth Employment said, “JPMorgan Chase prepares young men of color for college and career success through The Fellowship Initiative (TFI). TFI engages high school students in intensive programming to support their academic growth, and social and emotional development, with a focus on wellness and resiliency through MHA-NYC’s social and life-skills curriculum. MHA-NYC’s ability to provide assessments, training, and access to mental health services enables The Fellows to focus on their academics and excel in other areas of life.”
The TFI program has a 100% success rate of students graduating high school and moving on to college.