Social Finance Leads a Conversation with Merit America Graduates Amy and Brandon at SOCAP22

Corporations nationwide are embracing workforce finance to fill job openings and expand economic mobility: Google is blending balance sheet dollars and philanthropy to invest in America’s workforce, while Merit America is preparing workers without college degrees for tech careers. At SOCAP22, Social Finance Vice President Jake Edwards sat down with Justin Steele, Director, Google.org, Americas and Leila Makarechi, Chief Business Officer, Merit America to discuss learnings from such employer-led investments. The session kicked off with this brief virtual conversation with Amy and Brandon, two Merit America graduates.

"I came from a point in my life where I felt like I was going through a dark tunel and I couldn't see the end. Going out every day, doing gig economy work, not knowing if I was going to make it . . . not knowing if I was going to be able to pay my rent. Now I'm a lot more comfortable and a lot more stable. And mentally I feel better as well."
— Brandon Heslop, Tech Support Associate and Merit America Graduate

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