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Gap Inc. Expands Its Job Program for Opportunity Youth to 53 Cities, Introduces Year-Round Hiring Strategy


New Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Launch in 22

Company Pilots Program at Select Athleta Stores and Gap Inc.
Distribution Centers, Moves into Japan, Broadens Footprint in the U.K.

. (NYSE:GPS) today announced plans to significantly expand This
Way Ahead
, its life skills and on-the-job training program for
Opportunity Youth, from 15 cities in 2017 to 53 cities globally.
Launched in 2007 for 16 to 24-year-olds from low-income communities, the
company is rolling out new partnerships with non-profit organizations
and introducing program models that will enable it to operate
year-round. Based on the program's proven results to attract and retain
highly-engaged employees, the company plans to hire five percent of all
new entry-level store employees from the program by 2025.

Details of the 2018 expansion include:

  • Through a new national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America,
    This Way Ahead will be offered in 22 U.S. cities in 2018 and will be
    in 60 cities by the end of 2020. Local Clubs will connect youth with
    hiring opportunities at Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy stores and
    will operate year-round.
  • For the first time, Athleta will begin piloting the program in select
    U.S. stores.
  • Globally, This Way Ahead will be piloted in select Gap and Banana
    Republic stores in Japan in partnership with Multi-Cultural Center of
    Tokyo, and will increase from three to 11 cities across the U.K.
  • Gap Inc. will also extend programming to its distribution centers in
    the U.S., beginning in Gallatin, Tennessee.

"We believe in the universal power of a first job," said Brent Hyder,
Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer for Gap Inc. "From
Belfast to Tokyo and from Minneapolis to Sarasota, This Way Ahead
provides the experiences and skills that young people need to succeed
both in work and in life. For Gap Inc., this program is a valuable
talent pipeline of future employees and it helps us to build stronger
relationships with our communities and customers. This Way Ahead isn't
just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do."

"Boys & Girls Clubs not only offer a safe environment for teens but they
also provide a space for them to discover their career passion," said
Jim Clark, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "Thanks
to Gap Inc.'s This Way Ahead expansion, more teens will have access to
job shadowing, resume building, on-the-job training and first job
opportunities, all the tools they need to have a successful future."

In addition to helping young people gain first job experiences, findings
from program evaluations show that This Way Ahead also benefits Gap Inc.
and the communities where it operates.

Examples include:

  • Participants tend to stay with the company twice as long as their
    peers and have higher engagement scores than their co-workers.
  • In 2017, 70 percent of participants reported increased confidence,
    particularly in their ability to get a job in the future.
  • Last year, 80 percent of store managers who worked with This Way Ahead
    participants reported increased skills in key competencies like
    leadership and communication skills.
  • Results from a new survey of This Way Ahead alumni (2007–2016
    participants) show that 72 percent go on to secure stable employment
    compared with 55 percent of their peers.

About This Way Ahead

Launched in 2007 at select Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy stores, Gap
Inc.'s This Way Ahead program will reach 53 cities in Canada, Japan, the
U.S. and the U.K. by the end of 2018. By 2020, the company expects
10,000 teens and young adults will have participated in This Way Ahead,
receiving job coaching and critical first job experience. In 2017, Gap
Inc. brands extended job offers to 74 percent of This Way Ahead
graduates after doubling the number of participants in the program that
year. To learn more about This Way Ahead, please visit

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories,
and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Old
Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta brands. Fiscal year 2017 net
sales were $15.9 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase
in more than 90 countries worldwide through company-operated stores,
franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please

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