Education & Workforce

The old saying "knowledge is power" couldn’t be more true. Education gives young adults the skills they need to enter our nation’s workforce. Positive role models and mentorship programs strengthen their motivation to succeed. For people in situations where opportunity is slim and academic, career, or life advancement seems like a distant dream, a little guidance can make a huge difference.

Best of the Batch Foundation

We are a major partner of Best of the Batch Foundation — a nonprofit organization led by former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch. Using sports as an incentive, the Foundation instills the importance of a solid education and teaches kids how to confidently serve as leaders in their communities. Charlie is also UPMC Health Plan’s official spokesperson. We are proud to be a part of his team!

UPMC Health Plan supports these Best of the Batch programs:

  • The Foundation awards college-bound high school seniors with various scholarships. The “Healthy U N School” scholarship is provided by UPMC Health Plan to a student who will study in the field of health science.
  • We provide materials for Batch Packs for Kids. Backpacks full of school supplies are given to children who live in low-income communities in the Pittsburgh area.
  • Batch-A-Toys is a holiday toy drive. Our downtown office building serves as a central location for a toy drop-off.

Community First Fund

Operating in central Pennsylvania, Community First Fund creates sustainable business and financing opportunities for low-income communities and individuals — especially minorities and women. As a proud donor, UPMC Health Plan aids the Fund’s mission of helping communities prosper and remain vibrant. Since its inception in 1992, 80 percent of the Fund’s loans have been awarded to minorities, 36 percent of its loans have been given to female business owners, and 5,800 jobs have been created. The Fund aims to achieve six goals by the year 2016: increased economic development, community impact, regional leadership, advocacy and public policy, capitalization, and sustainability.

Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania

"Invest in her. She will change the world." This is not only the Girl Scouts’ motto, but a notion UPMC Health Plan embraces as a council-wide sponsor of the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA). UPMC Health Plan’s president and CEO, Diane Holder, received the GSWPA Women of Distinction Award in 2014 — one of the organization’s highest honors. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout’s Gold Award, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, and a celebration we are proud to be lead sponsor of.

Johnstown Area Regional Industries

UPMC Health Plan has been in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for more than a decade, so it’s no surprise that we work with Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) to bolster the economic climate of this region. JARI connects businesses to state and federal government, commercial lending, equity investing, and real estate resources. It provides professional consulting services to businesses and entrepreneurs on employment procedures, how to find investors, site selection for new buildings, assistance with writing business plans, and more. Several UPMC Health Plan employees in Johnstown serve on JARI’s board of directors and help develop local talent.

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