Shaping the future workforce through education
Developing future generations of talent means helping young people prepare for and succeed in the working world of today and tomorrow. That’s why we are committed to improving access to quality education and work experience for underserved students.
EY US seeks to extend our impact through various programs and alliances. These include:
- ► College MAP
Through College Mentoring for Access and Persistence (College MAP), our professionals in 32 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. In addition, we work with students to build the skills that will help them complete post-secondary education. Since the program began in 2009, over 1,000 EY volunteers have participated as mentors and 1,100 scholars have been mentored. We are excited to share that 100% of these Scholars (compared to 72% of their relevant peer group) graduated high school and 90% enrolled in either two- or four-year colleges. We also awarded $965,000 in scholarships through the Ernst & Young Foundation. Currently, College MAP has active sites in 31 US cities and has pledged to be in 35 cities across the US by 2018.
- ► Cyberchase
Since 2007, we have been a strong supporter of Cyberchase, the Emmy Award-winning animated series and transmedia project on PBS KIDS that inspires children to improve their basic math skills. As part of this initiative, we launched a dynamic volunteer program that helps bring Cyberchase to life for kids all across the Americas. In collaboration with local schools and community organizations—particularly our focus organizations, like Boys & Girls Clubs of America—our volunteers lead innovative after-school programs that reinforce basic math concepts explored in the show through fun, hands-on activities. Additionally, we provide major funding for the television show, which reaches more than five million viewers each week and almost one billion hits to its website.
- ► Boys & Girls Clubs
One of our four corporate responsibility focus organizations, Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe place for underserved youth to learn and grow. Our senior professionals serve on local Junior Achievement boards across the US, Canada and South America, and our volunteers work with local Boys & Girls Clubs in every Region across the US. A popular EY Connect Day activity we bring to Boys and Girls Clubs in the US is "Cyberchase," the Emmy Award-winning, hugely popular animated series on PBS KIDS that reaches five million children every week, inspiring them to excel in math. Through the dynamic volunteer program we've developed with Cyberchase, our volunteers lead innovative after-school programs that reinforce the basic math concepts explored in the show, through fun, hands-on activities.
- ► Junior Achievement
One of our four corporate responsibility focus organizations, Junior Achievement helps to educate students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programs. Our senior professionals serve on more than 40 local Junior Achievement boards across the US, Canada and South America, and EY US people volunteer at countless Junior Achievement events throughout the year. Junior Achievement USA honored EY US in 2015 with one of 50 US President’s Volunteer Service Awards. EY US won the award at the Gold level, for providing at least 15,000 volunteer hours during the year.
- ► United Way of America
Another of our four corporate responsibility focus organizations, United Way is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories. We work with United Way to build a better working world by providing youth in our local communities with access to mentoring, college access support and job skills. Volunteers who work with United Way focus on education and financial stability projects and programs which can be executed on EY Connect Day or throughout the year. We also have over 40 partners serving on United Way boards across the US, who offer guidance in achieving the local United Way fundraising goals.
- ► STEM
Steve Howe, recognized as one of the top “100 CEO Leaders in STEM” by STEMconnector, regularly speaks on issues pertaining to STEM. Steve recognizes that STEM education is vital to the competitiveness of American business and the improvement of our communities, and he helps raise awareness of the issue wherever he can, including on Twitter. Steve is also the Corporate Chairman of the Liberty Science Center Genius Gala.