Inspiration, Aspiration and Mentorship

The Philadelphia Union Foundation recently inducted the second cohort of students from The Chester Charter Scholars Academy into the iAM Project

Launched in 2021, in partnership with Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU), Lincoln Financial Group, Neumann University, and the Durant Family Foundation, the iAM Project is an academic enrichment, mentorship and career-readiness program that focuses on three core pillars: inspiration, aspiration and mentorship. 

Students participating in the program will hear from a network of speakers, gain first-hand professional experience, be matched with professional mentors, and linked into industries, universities and internships.

“Through the iAM Project, students learn more about university life, various industries and career options, while benefitting from mentors who can provide guidance, advice and feedback,” said Dana Connors, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Bimbo Bakeries USA and Philadelphia Union Foundation Board Member. “It’s really exciting for us to be a lead sponsor of this initiative and for our leaders to interact with the participating students.”

Earlier this year, the first cohort of iAM Project students visited Bimbo Bakeries USA’s Conshohocken Sales Center for a ‘Learn and Explore Workshop’. During their visit the students toured the Sales Center, learned how their favorite BBU products get from our bakeries to store shelves and heard from BBU leaders who gave an overview of the company and spoke about their roles and the different career opportunities available to the students in the future.

“It has been wonderful to see the growth of the first cohort of students in just a year,” said Connors. “There is a lot of excitement among the new 37 students and we look forward to watching their personal and academic growth as well.”

As the long-time Philadelphia Union jersey sponsor, Bimbo Bakeries USA is proud to support the Foundation’s work and is committed to making an impact in the Chester community. 


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