Generation Charlotte provides eligible participants with job and skills training at no cost, including programs for administrative medical assistants and customer care agents.
Improving transportation access and equity
The Job Access Program is part of Lyft’s $50 million City Works program, which largely centers on transportation equity and providing greater opportunities for underserved communities.
A 2018 study pinpoints commuting time as the single strongest factor in the odds of escaping poverty. According to Lyft’s research, 39% of its rides in Charlotte start or end in low-income areas.
The Jobs Access Program joins another Lyft initiative aimed at some of Charlotte’s most vulnerable communities. In August, Lyft rolled out its Grocery Access Program to provide discounted rides to designated grocery stores and food pantries for 75 families in the 28208 and 28216 zip codes, areas categorized as food deserts.
“Through our Grocery Access and Jobs Access programs, we’re able to drive positive change in the cities we serve, while also helping residents more easily get around their communities,” Pelletier said. “We look forward to continuing to find ways to address the challenges many face every day, like getting to and from the grocery store and feeding their families with the best, healthy options.”
Katrina Louis is managing editor of qcitymetro.com who can always find something to do in Charlotte. She’s an offline hustler (and has the shirt to prove it) but when online, find her on Instagram and Twitter.