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10 years of This Way Ahead

ExperienceCarlee Gomes, Gap Inc. bloggerComment

Do you remember your first job? And the pride you felt when you received your first paycheck?

A first job is not just a milestone — for many teens and young adults, it can be life changing.

In underserved communities, opportunities for first jobs are often few. In 2007, Gap Foundation partnered with Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic to create This Way Ahead — a store internship program that equips teens and young adults with critical life and workplace skills.

“I showed my dad my first paycheck and said it was for him,” This Way Ahead intern Cal Montejano said in a recent Forbes article. “He refused and said, 'Just give me a dollar.' When I cashed the check and gave him the dollar, he folded it into an origami heart and said, 'I will remember this as the first dollar you ever earned.' My dad still carries that heart in his wallet today.”

Read more about how This Way Ahead has contributed to the lives of young people for the past 10 years.