The American Express Foundation makes grants under three program themes that reflect its funding priorities: Community Service, Cultural Heritage, and Economic Independence. The third category, Economic Independence, supports initiatives that encourage, develop, and sustain economic self-reliance through programs that: Serve youth, emphasize school-to-work efforts, and work experiences; Build awareness about career and employment options for individuals facing significant barriers to employment; and provide education, training and workplace experiences so they may actively pursue these options. The American Express Foundation also targets its grants in cities where American Express has significant business and/or employee presence.

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