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PepsiCo Foundation and City Year share a deep commitment to youth empowerment and diversity and have a longstanding history of partnering together to ensure that students in schools across the country are provided the support they need to succeed in school. The collaboration began in 2001 with community service projects that engaged PepsiCo employees in transforming communities across the country. Since then, the PepsiCo Foundation had dedicated resources toward increasing awareness of City Year among young adults of all backgrounds. In 2008, the PepsiCo Foundation provided the initial seed funding to support Diplomas Now, a collaborative school turnaround model with City Year, Johns Hopkins University and Communities In Schools. The Foundation has increased its funding and strategic partnership to catalyze Diplomas Now into a national network of 26 schools in 11 cities, and matched the funding that helped secure the competitive and prestigious U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) grant.


"PepsiCo Foundation believes the optimism of youth have the power to refresh their communities through good ideas, service and volunteerism, which is why we’re proud to support the young leaders of City Year."

- Ami Irazabal, Marketing Director, Pepsi