Education closes the opportunity gap for low-income students
In our knowledge-based global economy, children need an education to secure their future. And organizations like Ernst & Young, as well as our clients and our greater communities, need to recruit a talented workforce in every country where they do business.
Yet a quality education is out of reach for many young men and women. Consider this troubling fact: in the United States, where a bachelor’s degree can translate to an additional $1.1m in income over the course of a lifetime, just 6% of low-income students earn one by the age of 24.
Helping young people gain access to education is one of our top priorities for corporate responsibility at Ernst & Young. Research has demonstrated that a student’s problem-solving abilities and self-confidence help create a foundation for success in elementary school, secondary school and beyond. Through education-focused volunteer programs and our efforts to promote thought leadership and dialog, our goal is to help disadvantaged students prepare for and succeed in college.
As one of the world’s great global training organizations, we help our people realize their full potential. And through educational programs and outreach, we are able to help young people in the communities around us realize their full potential as well. Below are just a few examples of ways we are helping to expand access to education.
Skills-based volunteering: Cyberchase
Through our collaboration with the popular PBS series Cyberchase, we are improving math literacy in children ages 8 to 11 by showing them how much fun math can be. Ernst & Young’s innovative after-school program brings the Cyberchase experience to life. The
Ernst &Young/Cyberchase Travel Edition offers a set of web-based, downloadable activities that make it easy for any corporate volunteer, parent or teacher to get kids excited about math.
Thought leadership: How top companies can transform education
Businesses can play a leading role in transforming education. Read our research-based white paper (pdf, 1.01 mb) and executive summary (pdf, 908 mb) on best-practice corporate interventions, or watch the archived webcast of a panel discussion of business leaders who are teaming with local schools to strengthen the schools and improve the quality of education.
Webcast helps high school students plot a course for collegiate and career success
Through our collaboration with national not-for-profits like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and College For Every Student we are extending beyond face-to-face mentoring to reach as many students as possible. You can view the replay of our recent webcast, Ploting a course for collegiate success.
Education in our communities: Ernst & Young and Perspectives - Calumet Charter School, Chicago, IL (video)
Over the past four years, Ernst & Young’s Chicago office has built a strong relationship with Perspectives Charter Schools. Our involvement ranges from mentoring and career panels to internship opportunities and funding for summer learning experiences. Our relationship with Perspectives Charter Schools is “a unique partnership that has become a mutually rewarding experience and a source of pride for our firm,” says Kelly Grier, the Chicago Office Managing Partner. Watch this video showing volunteers from our Chicago office mentoring students at Perspectives-Calumet Charter School, using the city as their classroom.
Education in our communities: Ernst & Young and KIPP, Houston, TX (video)
In 2007, we brought the Ernst & Young Cyberchase Volunteer Program to the KIPP School in Houston. From there, our relationship has expanded to include math tutoring for high-school students, college scholarship support, and in-kind contributions throughout the year. Watch this video to get a closer look at Ernst & Young's relationship with the KIPP School in Houston.
Please note: Ernst & Young does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or volunteer engagements.