Some of America’s top corporations and businesses have begun to meet this challenge
The good news is that many organizations in the private sector are marshalling their skills, expertise, resources and substantial human capital to provide support, connectivity and often a window into the world of work for youth across America — often in creative and innovative ways.
At EY, for example, our College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence) program matches groups of employee volunteer mentors with groups of local 11th and 12th graders in underserved high schools so that they can gain access to college and succeed in higher education.
This highly successful volunteer program, now in 37 cities across the US, provides access to higher education for underserved youth by engaging our people as mentors who offer personal support, coaching and guidance through the college application and admission processes.
College MAP mentors are drawn from all levels of EY professionals, who make a two-year commitment to monthly in-person meetings, as well as to contact between meetings. Since its inception in 2009, EY College MAP has helped more than 1800 students begin their post-secondary journey.