More than ever, many major corporations are recognizing the value of investing in today’s youth. These forward-thinking companies see beyond the dollars needed to launch education or diversity initiatives straight to the numerous benefits of doing so.
Social programs focused on developing the next generation of leaders take many different forms including mentoring, research and development initiatives, and community-building activities. In the latest edition of Knowledge Leader magazine, I highlight just a few of the many initiatives that are making a difference.
In its Educator Survey, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) noted that “92 percent of K-12 educators surveyed nationwide believe financial education should be taught in schools, but only 12 percent do so.” PwC set out to change this by creating its “Earn Your Future” (EYF) financial literacy program, which has now reached more than 3.5 million students and educators with its custom curriculum.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. launched its New Skills for Youth program to address what the company calls “a youth unemployment crisis” that disproportionately impacts high-poverty and minority groups because of a lack of education and necessary skills. In the inaugural year of the program, more than 50,000 participants were hired for summer employment, providing invaluable early work experience.
LINK Unlimited Scholars is Chicago’s highest-performing and longest-running high school mentoring and scholarship program. Mentors provide financial support and, more importantly, academic and familial support. William M. Fausone, president of Colliers’ Chicago office, reflects on his experiences as a LINK mentor: “I can’t even describe how rewarding it is to engage in a long-term mentorship program with kids who have so much untapped potential. Because of the LINK opportunity, they get accepted into quality high schools and universities and learn how to push themselves beyond what they thought was their limit.”
To learn more about how corporations are creating opportunities for today’s youth, download the Fall 2016 Knowledge Leader magazine.
Aimee has developed a passion for commercial real estate through her 20 years in the business. She spends the majority of her time outside the office in hockey rinks and on football fields, cheering on her four active boys.