YouthForce NOLA awarded a grant from Southwest Airlines

Jan. 29, 2019 NEW ORLEANS – YouthForce NOLA today announced it has been selected as a recipient of a portion of a $1 million Southwest Airlines Charitable Grant, which focuses on building a stronger workforce of tomorrow.

The Texas-based airline is supporting two-dozen nonprofit organizations across the country, which are strengthening their communities through K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, building a resilient workforce, and leadership development.

“We look forward to utilizing this grant to create new pathways to high-wage, high-demand jobs, particularly in STEM fields, for youth in our city,” said Cate Swinburn, President of YouthForce NOLA. “Together with our partners, we are creating a network of opportunity and possibility that did not exist for public school graduates. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our education, business, and civic partners, New Orleans is creating a more educated, economically prosperous, and equitable future.”

“At Southwest, we believe in connecting People and championing communities,” said Bob Jordan, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services. “As part of this commitment, Southwest is investing in communities across the country by supporting innovative nonprofits that are building resilient workforces, inspiring leaders, and enhancing STEM education. We want to champion their efforts and empower these communities to thrive.”

By loving People, building resilience, and living responsibly, Southwest and its more than 58,000 Employees stand for connecting People and championing Communities. To learn more about the grant programs, visit

Robbie Dornbush