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Helping Young Men of Color Succeed: The Fellowship Initiative

Program Puts 9th Graders on the Path to College and Careers

"I'm from Harlem, raised in Harlem. I’m from the projects," says Dariel Vasquez. "I always had this dream of being a doctor. I didn't know what the path was. College was sort of this abstract thing."

In 2010, JPMorgan Chase launched The Fellowship Initiative, a program designed to help young men of color finish high school and get into college through intensive academic and leadership training. The first 24 Fellows completed high school, enrolled in college and collectively earned millions of dollars in scholarships and grants.

Learn how, with hard work and strong support, Dariel Vasquez and 23 other young men rose to the challenge as the first participants in a program that is now expanding in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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