America On Tech Receives 50k For Training Workers To Meet NYC’s Technology Needs

June 7, 2024

America On Tech, a nonprofit organization that is creating career pathways for underestimated students from Harlem to Hollis into degrees and careers in technology.

America On Tech has been named a Citizens’ 2024 Champion in Action® for their efforts to prepare students and workers for in-demand digital and technology jobs. Announced by Citizens, America On Tech will receive $50,000 in unrestricted funding, and promotional and volunteer support to propel their work to prepare New York City‘s workforce of the future. 

“… we empower future leaders through innovation.”

“Being named a Citizens 2024 Champion in Action is a tremendous honor,” said Jessica Santana, CEO of America On Tech. “At America On Tech, we empower future leaders through innovation. This recognition not only celebrates our efforts and drives our mission to provide vital skills to underestimated communities. With the backing of Citizens’ support, we’ll expand our impact, narrow the digital gap, and shape a brighter future.”

America On Tech’s programs focus on in-demand tech skills such as Web Development, UX Design, Product Management, Digital Marketing, Data Science, and Cyber Security. Incorporated into their program model are mentorship, resume building, interview prep, stipends, exposure to hiring managers, and internship/job placements.

As a Champion in Action, organizations will benefit from:

  • A $50,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens
  • Volunteer support from Citizens colleagues
  • Public relations and promotional support

“We are committed within and beyond Citizens to develop the workforce of the future. By investing in nonprofits that are working to provide upskilling and reskilling services, we hope to support the growth of accessible pathways to well-paying careers,” said Rebecca O’Connell, Citizens NYC Metro President. “As one of our seven 2024 Champions in Action grantees, we are honored to support America On Tech’s programs that aim to expand access to trainings and resources needed to meet current and future industry needs.” 

Citizens’ Champions in Action program celebrates and supports local nonprofits with operating budgets under $5 million who are creating lasting change in the communities they serve. Twice a year, one nonprofit in each of Citizens’ seven major markets is selected to receive funding, promotional and volunteer support to accelerate programming and services focused on a topic that aligns with one of Citizens’ sustainability and impact focus areas – Driving Positive Climate Impact, Building the Workforce of the Future, and Fostering Strong Communities.

“Citizens has awarded more than $11 million …”

Since the program’s launch 22 years ago, Citizens has awarded more than $11 million in unrestricted grants and promotional and volunteer support to more than 380 Champions in Action nonprofit winners across the bank’s footprint. 

For more information about the Champions in Action program, visit Champions in Action | Be Inspired | Citizens ( learn more about Citizens’ sustainability and impact strategy, visit Sustainability and Impact ( 

Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $220.4 billion in assets as of March 31, 2024. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a full-service customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,300 ATMs and approximately 1,000 branches in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers a broad complement of financial products and solutions, including lending and leasing, deposit and treasury management services, foreign exchange, interest rate and commodity risk management solutions, as well as loan syndication, corporate finance, merger and acquisition, and debt and equity capital markets capabilities.

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