4 minute read 10 Jan 2019
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How a decade of College MAP has changed young lives

By

Deborah Holmes

EY Americas Corporate Responsibility Director

Agent for positive social change. Working to help build a better working world with a focus on entrepreneurship, education and equity in the workplace.

4 minute read 10 Jan 2019
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EY College MAP celebrates 10th anniversary in 2019

Hailed as one of the most innovative and high-impact corporate volunteer programs focused on mentoring in the US, College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence), is a model of private-sector mentoring to support access to education for underserved youth and develop future generations of talent.
We are so very proud of our passionate EY College MAP mentors and the students who are working hard to attain their college dreams.

About College MAP

In the US, 65% of jobs will require post-secondary education by 2020, but too many underserved high school students don’t consider going to college. The goal can seem too distant, the application process too confusing, the cost too expensive and the rewards too unclear.

The College MAP program addresses this gap by matching employee volunteer mentors with groups of 11th-and 12th- graders in underserved high schools throughout the US so that they can gain access to college and succeed in higher education. The program helps demystify the process of applying to and affording college, encouraging students who might not otherwise have considered it an option. We then work with students to build the skills to help them persist in completing their post-secondary goals.

Mentoring also supercharges employee engagement. EY employees who are College MAP mentors have longer average tenures with EY and are more likely to receive higher performance ratings than colleagues at similar ranks. College MAP mentors are also more likely to have best-in-class employee engagement, which ultimately impacts our business and bottom line.
 

College MAP is making an impact, since 2009…

1,800

140,000 hours invested by EY professionals mentoring youth in underserved communities across 37 cities. 90% of College Map Scholars go on to college with the help of $2.5m from the EY Foundation.

EY and MENTOR

As part of our commitment to increasing access to education, we collaborate with MENTOR, the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in the United States. Nancy Altobello, retired EY Global Vice Chair, Talent, serves on MENTOR’s national Board of Directors. We also sponsor the annual MENTOR conference, bringing together champions of youth mentoring from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to share leading practices and develop a shared viewpoint about the best paths forward.

EY and CFES Brilliant Pathways

To implement the program, EY collaborates with CFES Brilliant Pathways, a not-for-profit organization committed to raising the academic aspirations of underserved youth, so that they can prepare for, gain access to and succeed in college. Over the last 25+ years, CFES Brilliant Pathways has helped thousands of underserved youth in 800 schools nationwide strengthen their academic performance, graduate from high school, and go on to college.

CFES Brilliant Pathways provides a wealth of experience in curriculum development and a network of university relationships. Together, EY and CFES Brilliant Pathways identify the young people who need the most support and work to deliver EY College MAP directly to them.

What our people are saying…

Mentorship is not what it used to be, and that’s a good thing
Carolyn Slaski, Americas Vice Chair-Talent and College MAP National Executive Sponsor

Forging a better future through mentoring
Nick Wade, Tax Partner and College MAP Executive Sponsor-Charlotte

Mentoring at the intersection of passion and purpose
Anthony J. Carmello, Partner, Advisory, and College MAP Executive Sponsor-Chicago

Mentoring makes the difference
Jeff Steinberg, Partner, Risk Management, and College MAP Executive Sponsor-New York

Unmasking the power of connection
Alicia Culpepper, Senior Associate, Finance, and College MAP access director

Giving students wings
Christopher Cobb, Manager, Advisory, and College MAP mentor

Big futures begin with mentorship
Darwin K. Johnson II, Associate, Talent Shared Services, and College MAP mentor

Summary

Through College Mentoring for Access and Persistence (College MAP), our professionals in 37 US cities help to demystify and assist in the process of applying to and affording college, encouraging underserved students who might not have considered applying for college to do so.

About this article

By

Deborah Holmes

EY Americas Corporate Responsibility Director

Agent for positive social change. Working to help build a better working world with a focus on entrepreneurship, education and equity in the workplace.

Related topics Corporate Responsibility