Across Gap Inc., we are committed to being leaders in breaking down the centuries-old systems that have held back our black and brown communities. We are committed to showing up in those communities by investing in programs and initiatives that tie directly into our commitments and become multipliers for good. Together, we can do more, and we will. We are excited to create partnerships with various organizations as we learn from them and, together, create sustainable opportunities for these communities. Below are a few of the newest partnerships that are evolving.
National CAPACD will be working with Gap Inc. to collaborate on educational initiatives about community impact in partnership with the coalition. Our first activation will engage the coalition and its members in educating our company around economic opportunities and equitable action to develop further support about challenges in housing, small businesses, and the preservation of Asian-American and Pacific-Islander neighborhoods.
Gap Inc. actively participates in two national programs through Business Roundtable: The Multiple Pathways Initiative and the Workforce Pipeline Initiative. Both are opportunities to build inclusive outreach and talent development strategies among a network of over 85 companies committed to sharing progress and company-specific metrics and milestones, along with supported learning and building of best practices.
Harlem's Fashion Row and Gap Inc. are proud to enter into their third year of partnership together. ICON360, the non-profit arm of Harlem's Fashion Row, and Gap Inc. are partnering to curate 'Closing The Gap.' An initiative supporting HBCU Fashion Departments Funded by Gap Inc., "Closing the Gap," provides financial awards to deserving HBCUs that encourage black students to innovate and push the needle forward in the world of fashion.
Gap Inc. will be partnering with CFDA as they launch their new IMPACT platform. A new, multi-faceted initiative to create opportunities for historically underrepresented and unsupported communities to identify, connect, support, and nurture Black and Brown creatives and professionals in fashion, furthering CFDA’s mission to advance American fashion by including diverse talent in every facet of the industry’s ecosystem. Additionally, 50% of the proceeds from our subscription to the platform will build paid internship opportunities for creatives entering the fashion industry.
Early Career Access
Students Rising Above invests in low-income, first-generation college students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to education. Gap Inc. will be sponsoring CODEversity, an 8-week summer program that will expose students to basic coding skills and better understand the multitude of career paths in the tech industry. Students will create their portfolio website with the skills they learn from the program.
The Lower Eastside Girls Club and Gap Inc. are excited to launch a 2021 STEM summer camp – a program bridging fashion technology and maker robotics. The program will support 30 female-identifying and gender-expansive young people ages 10-20. These classes will introduce students to entrepreneurship, art, design, engineering, and various media and content creation modes to work with interactive LED lighting to create reactive wearables.