Results tagged as "citi volunteers"

  • Citi’s Volunteer Africa program returns to Uganda in 2018

    By Raymond McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Tyler Dickson, Head of Global Capital Markets and Paco Ybarra, Global Head of Markets and Securities Services April 10, 2018 09:30 AM

    27 of Citi’s junior bankers have begun working with 18 Ugandan entrepreneurs as part of Citi’s Volunteer Africa program, in partnership with Balloon Ventures. This is now the third year of the programme and we are immensely excited about what will be achieved and the long term impact for both volunteers and entrepreneurs. We are particularly pleased that this year will see Analysts and Associates from across global CIB, CMO and EMEA Markets and Securities Services working together – a fantastic opportunity to build networks across businesses and geographies.

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  • Activating the Youth Entrepreneurial Mindset with a Charge to Change the World

    March 19, 2018 10:30 AM

    ​Each year, NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) invites students to think of creative solutions to help meet the United Nations’ global goals. For the 2018 World Series of Innovation (WSI), as part of its Pathways to Progress program, the Citi Foundation launched the Decent Work Challenge, which tasked young entrepreneurs with designing a practical innovation that promotes access to decent work and safe working environments (Sustainable Development Goal 8). Citi employees volunteered to serve as judges in the selection of the WSI finalists. Below, the volunteer judges share their experiences of participating in the virtual challenge.

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  • Service Spotlights: Citi Leaders Share Their Volunteer Experiences with Junior Achievement

    August 21, 2017 02:15 PM

    In 2017 Citi and the Citi Foundation are celebrating 30 years of partnership with JA Worldwide. Many Citi senior leaders serve on Junior Achievement (JA) boards with the goal of helping to advance their many programs and enabling growth and progress in our communities by offering their experiences and knowledge. A few Citi volunteers shared their reasons for giving back with JA.

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  • Reflections from Volunteer Africa 2017

    By Manolo Falco, Corporate & Investment Banking Head, EMEA June 29, 2017 09:30 AM

    It is now just over a month since our Volunteer Africa program concluded, and our junior bankers from around the world are now safely back in their home countries. It was a truly rewarding experience for all involved, and I am very proud of the enthusiasm and energy of our volunteers, and of the real difference they have made during their five weeks in Uganda.

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  • Making a Difference in Uganda: Citi’s Global Volunteer Africa Team

    By Manolo Falco, Corporate & Investment Banking Head, EMEA April 21, 2017 09:00 AM

    Last year, Citi launched Volunteer Africa, an initiative to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses, create jobs and build sustainable livelihoods in poor communities in select parts of Africa.

    Following the success of the 2016 pilot program in Kenya, which originated in the Corporate and Investment Bank in EMEA, Volunteer Africa has expanded this year to include junior bankers in Corporate and Investment Banking and Capital Markets Origination globally.

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  • Service as a Solution: A Weekend of Remembrance and Impact

    By Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship, Citi September 13, 2016 05:00 PM

    Service has the potential to transform communities and bring people from all walks of life together through a common purpose and a shared goal. This weekend, I saw that potential activated when a new class of ServiceWorks AmeriCorps VISTAs began their work in support of the economic progress of young people as the country remembered those we lost 15 years ago on September 11.

    On Saturday, September 10 in New York City, Citi joined volunteer service champion General Stanley McChrystal to help kick off another year of ServiceWorks as part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative. General McChrystal administered the pledge of service to 72 ServiceWorks AmeriCorps VISTAs at the National Opportunity Summit, a convening focused on expanding economic opportunities for youth with an emphasis on making civic engagement opportunities more accessible.

    ServiceWorks AmeriCorps VISTAs receive the pledge of service from General (Ret) Stanley McChrystal at Opportunity Nation’s National Opportunity Summit.

    The VISTAs will dedicate one year of their lives to service by teaching young people across the nation the crucial workplace and leadership skills necessary to compete in this economy, while also working to connect them to their communities through service projects that address pressing issues, from homelessness and hunger to violence and bullying. Since launching ServiceWorks in 2014, 7,500 young people across the United States have been impacted by the program. Additionally, Citi employee volunteers have also supported ServiceWorks in a variety of roles, from participating in youth-led, AmeriCorps-VISTA-supervised service projects to more intensive mentoring and skills training sessions with youth participants.

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  • Points of Light Recognizes Citi on Civic 50
    List of Most Community-Minded Companies
    in the U.S.

    By Ed Skyler, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, Citi June 29, 2016 02:45 PM

    When we think about the many ways that Citi makes a difference in our communities, whether by helping get the lights turned back on in Detroit, volunteering in our neighborhoods or helping young people prepare for jobs in today’s economy, we’re always gratified by recognitions from organizations like Points of Light, the largest organization dedicated to volunteer service in the world.

    This year, for the fourth year in row, we’re honored to be included in Points of Light’s Civic 50, an initiative that honors the 50 most community-minded companies in the U.S. This year’s Civic 50 honorees were selected for demonstrating a consistent commitment to helping to address a wide range of societal challenges through volunteerism, responsible business activities and philanthropic support.

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  • A VolunteerAfrica Team Member Reflects on the First Week in Kenya

    By Erika Gyllstrom Analyst, Power & Utilities, Corporate Banking April 13, 2016 10:00 AM

    Our first week in Nakuru has been an intense, eye-opening and fantastic time. Although Nakuru is completely different from London, it was easier than expected to adapt as people are extremely welcoming, almost everyone speaks English (my Swahili is still a bit rusty) and our partner organization Balloon Ventures is doing a great job in showing us the ropes.

    We were thrown in at the deep end from the very start, being sent out in teams of four to originate, test and develop ideas for a new venture aiming to help local business in Nakuru. Equipped with only minimal insight into the dynamics of entrepreneurship in Kenya, and Nakuru in particular, we set out to interview as many local entrepreneurs as possible to understand their businesses and the challenges they face. This culminated in suggestions to set up a local entrepreneurship magazine, a purchase aggregation service, and a combined mentorship and supply chain management program. Perhaps most importantly, this exercise made us think deeply about what transferable skills we possess that would be most helpful to small businesses here.

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  • Best of Luck to Our VolunteerAfrica Team

    By Manolo Falco, Head of EMEA Corporate & Investment Banking April 01, 2016 12:30 PM

    This weekend, 12 of Citi’s Analysts and Associates from across EMEA will embark on a very important journey that we have called VolunteerAfrica. We are really pleased that the team will be travelling to Africa for a month to work with entrepreneurs in Nakuru, Kenya who have aspirations to develop and grow their businesses.

    When we designed VolunteerAfrica we were very keen to develop a programme that would see Citi volunteers leverage their skills to support economic growth and benefit communities in Africa, whilst also giving them the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. In VolunteerAfrica I believe we have built a pilot programme in partnership with VSO – a leading international development organisation that uses volunteers to fight poverty and reduce inequality - and our partner on the ground Balloon Ventures that meets these goals, and we look forward to the results.

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  • Addressing Critical Issues through Volunteerism

    By Tricia Landry, Senior Relationship Manager, Citi Commercial Bank Los Angeles August 27, 2015 11:00 AM

    I’ve always known that LA schools can and should be improved, but hearing the shocking stat of high school graduation rates being at 60 percent astonished me. I was embarrassed that I lived in Los Angeles and was completely unaware that almost half of the kids entering high school were never going to graduate. Why wasn’t this a daily news headline? What was the plan? This motivated me to get involved, but how?

    In 2010 I was involved in a leadership program called LeadershipLA that brought together individuals from the private sector and the public sector. One of the fellows in the program was Estelle Reyes, Executive Director for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (“NFTE”) of Greater Los Angeles. Over the year we became friends, and I learned about this great organization, NFTE.

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