College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence)
Supporting the dream of higher education in the US
Now operating across 38 US cities, the EY College MAP program focuses on inspiring underserved students to attend college, and on providing the personal support and life skills coaching to help them complete their degrees and transition successfully into the working world. To date, 1,800 EY professionals have mentored more than 2,000 students, of whom 99% have graduated high school and 95% have enrolled in higher education. This compares with a peer group average 72% and 42% respectively — testament to the effectiveness of a group mentoring model that offers students a wider variety of mentor and peer perspectives, and encourages them to become their own supportive academic community.
JA Worldwide (Junior Achievement)
Preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship
One of the world’s largest youth-focused NGOs, JA Worldwide serves more than 12m young people every year in over 100 countries, providing hands-on, experiential learning in work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. As long-standing supporters of JA Worldwide’s work, EY people mentor students, serve on global, regional and local boards, and have been involved in helping develop numerous innovations. Building on that relationship in 2019, EY signed a global agreement with JA Worldwide to pilot new mentoring programs in 14 countries in the coming year, anticipated to bring entrepreneurial education to more than 12,000 students.
Creating bags of change for refugees across the UK
For NEMI Teas, a truly good cup of tea involves far more than support for the Fairtrade movement. As well as supplying its premium teas in plastic-free packaging and 100% biodegradable teabags, NEMI Teas reinvests more than 50% of its profits back into the business to hire, train and upskill refugees in the UK, helping them gain work experience and get job ready. With EY support to develop its strategy, the business has tripled sales in the last 12 months, and is now targeting national and international expansion, including by establishing a franchise model of NEMI cafés across London, owned and run solely by refugees.
Helping develop Africa’s next generation of leaders
Underserved girls from across Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape have talent, grit and determination in abundance. What they lack are opportunities to fulfill their potential. Through the award-winning NextGen program, EY people support girls in their senior years of high school with extra academic tutoring, work experience and leadership camps. Helping them develop vital skills, build self-esteem and raise their ambitions, alumnae have gone on to pursue degrees and careers in fields such as medicine, engineering, accounting, forensics and microbiology. The 2019 cohort achieved a 100% pass rate in their “matric” exams, with more than 95% receiving the highest “Bachelor’s Degree” pass level.