Results tagged as "pathways to progress"

  • Four Stories, Four Paths: Meet Nathaniel

    By Nathaniel Jones, ServiceWorks Participant February 04, 2016 01:00 PM

    The Citi Foundation “Pathways to Progress Impact Video Series” demonstrates the impact of its U.S. program through the compelling stories of four young people who have participated in the initiative’s four core program paths: civic engagement, entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and summertime employment.

    I’ve always found classes and homework assignments to be a lot of fun but I typically kept to myself at school because I was so shy. I dreaded working in groups because I was never sure if I would know the right things to say or that my ideas really added any value.

    Then my guidance counselor suggested that I join ServiceWorks, a national program that uses volunteer service to help young people develop leadership and workplace skills.

    What you don’t get to see in my video: I underestimated the impact I could have. Before ServiceWorks, I didn’t realize that even small acts can make a big difference—and that I could personally gain something from giving to my community.

    When I started the program at their Jersey Cares host site, I got matched with a success coach and skills trainer, who both helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses, as well as my personal and professional goals. I also learned how to work in teams, where communication was key.

    ServiceWorks helped me find my voice.

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  • Four Stories, Four Paths: Meet Grace

    By Grace Marro, Summer Jobs Connect Participant January 28, 2016 12:30 PM

    The Citi Foundation “Pathways to Progress Impact Video Series” demonstrates the impact of its U.S. program through the compelling stories of four young people who have participated in the initiative’s four core program paths: civic engagement, entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and summertime employment.

    Whenever I got money as a gift or an allowance, I immediately spent it on the things I wanted, like clothes or a trip to the movies. I never thought about saving for my future. If I had 20 dollars in my wallet, that meant I had 20 dollars to spend.

    My experience with Summer Jobs Connect taught me the value of managing my money. I was able to set up my first bank account and I’ll never forget the day my first paycheck was deposited. A percentage automatically went to my new savings account. It made me feel so proud and in control of the decisions I was making about my money.

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  • Four Stories, Four Paths: Meet Nancy

    By By Nancy D’Haiti, iMentor Participant January 20, 2016 03:00 PM

    The Citi Foundation “Pathways to Progress Impact Video Series” demonstrates the impact of its U.S. program through the compelling stories of four young people who have participated in the initiative’s four core program paths: civic engagement, entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and summertime employment.

    When I got matched with my mentor, Mary, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that iMentor, the school-based mentoring program that paired us, spent a lot of time vetting their mentors and put a lot of thought behind their mentor-mentee matches, but I wondered if we would get along.

    From our first exchange, it was clear that we had more in common than I had expected. We were both a little nervous but excited to get to know each other. And neither of us was originally from the U.S. We connected right away.

    What you don’t get to see in my video: After leaving my parents behind in Haiti to finish school, I had to grow up quickly and take on a lot more responsibility. My mentor, Mary, became an important part of my support system.

    Mary helped me with more than the college application and financial aid process. She helped me learn how handle stressful situations. Mary turned out to be more than a mentor. She became my friend.

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  • Four Stories, Four Paths: The Road to Success

    By Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship, Citi October 21, 2015 10:00 AM

    All stories carry meaning. They hold information about the world we live in; they inform us about work we still have to do as a society and how effective our efforts have been in addressing change. I have witnessed the power of stories, first-hand. At the Citi Foundation, we work towards catalyzing collective impact—to inspire young people to believe in themselves and their future—by supporting diverse and high-performing organizations doing meaningful work on the ground and by leveraging our own expertise and resources. I am proud to highlight some of these stories of impact that are the result of collaboration and an investment far beyond dollars.

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  • Youth Entrepreneurs Score High on Leadership and Success

    By David Chubak, Head of Productivity, Citi October 16, 2015 10:00 AM

    Selecting one young person from three talented and business-savvy finalists at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, presented by the Citi Foundation, proved to be quite the exercise. On October 6, as part of the Challenge, 49 top young entrepreneurs, ages 16-24, from across the U.S., arrived in New York City for the opportunity to pitch their business ideas. The enthusiasm in the NFTE judges’ deliberation room for the final round was as palpable as the passion exhibited by the student participants on stage. We knew what was on the line – the chance to make a new business venture begin, with the help of a prize package worth approximately $25,000, including a college scholarship and access to business expertise.

    At Citi, I’m excited to work with colleagues who drive results with imagination and determination. Innovation has been key to scaling the company’s strategy across the globe. When I’m working to take our execution to the next level, much like these young entrepreneurs are taking the next step in growing their business and their skillset, it’s critical that I tap into Citi’s strengths. NFTE and the Citi Foundation are doing this as well by empowering youth: by developing their entrepreneurial mindset, equipping them with tools to problem-solve, and instilling confidence.

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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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  • Empowering low-income youth, powering
    our cities

    By John Gomperts, President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance and Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship, Citi August 26, 2015 09:00 AM

    A Dallas-based nonprofit restaurant provides at-risk youth with intensive culinary, job and life-skills training for careers in the restaurant industry.

    In St. Louis, an IT boot-camp transforms a group of young adults from novices into career-ready professionals.

    A health care pathways program in Los Angeles offers readiness certification and paid positions at regional hospitals.

    These are just snapshots of the innovations occurring at the local level that will be expanded through the recently launched Youth Opportunity Fund, a program led by the Citi Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance.

    This $3 million fund is part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative and supports city-level, scalable programs that link young people to opportunities that lead to jobs.

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  • An Unexpected Pen Pal

    By Sol W. Bernstein, Director and Associate General Counsel, Citibank August 18, 2015 12:15 PM

    iMentor is enabling thousands of professionals to positively impact high school students. My experience with iMentor started when I received a Citi email with a call for volunteers; I knew it was something I needed to do. I always wanted to make a long-term mentoring commitment but was conscious of making sure I could uphold my end of the bargain. Being an iMentor is conducive to someone like me who has a full schedule and can’t necessarily commit to meeting in person on a weekly basis. As iMentors we are tasked with writing one thoughtful email each week to our mentees and attending a two-hour session once a month in the evening with our mentee at their high school. What I’ve found thus far is that through these continued engagements, you are truly helping to mold a young person’s life and better enabling them to achieve success.

    My mentee is a 9th grade boy named Luis. He lives in the Bronx in New York City and attends a high school in Manhattan. Our first meeting was at his high school cafeteria and it played out this way: we ate pizza together and then talked about our respective lives, families, and goals for the program. Luis was fairly shy and quiet, yet serious about his studies and his interest in technology. Though I am a banking lawyer with little to no knowledge of technology, I knew that I could help him stay focused and consider new possibilities as he goes through high school and focuses on the college application process.

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  • Youth and Debate: Building Skills for the Future

    By Jennifer L. Curtis, Senior Recovery Manager, St. Louis August 05, 2015 10:15 AM

    Giving my time to help people means meeting my full potential and helping them reach theirs. When the opportunity to volunteer as a judge with the St. Louis Urban Debate League presented itself, I figured, “Why not?” Volunteering had previously given me an inexplicable sense of accomplishment. I had never volunteered in this capacity before, and I enjoy new experiences and building new relationships so signing up made sense. Now, as a third-time volunteer with the league, the experience has been inspiring and informative—for both me and the students.

    The St. Louis Urban Debate League, part of the National Associations of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL), is a national organization dedicated to expanding debate opportunities among urban high schools. Through the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress program, NAUDL is engaging urban debate leagues from across the country to strengthen, support and propel debate to the forefront of youth engagement and garner recognition as a viable tool for post-secondary preparedness.

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  • ServiceWorks Welcomes Newest Members at Swearing In Ceremony

    By Loren Kranz, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Citi Retail Services August 03, 2015 02:30 PM

    The 2015-2016 cohort of AmeriCorps VISTAs with Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Tracy Hoover, President of Points of Light, Rosemary Byrnes, Senior Program Officer, Citi Foundation, and Loren Kranz, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Citi Retail Services

    After working as a juvenile correctional officer, Warren Jones knew he wanted to do more to reach at-risk youth and help them make positive decisions that would help lead to positive futures. “Youth at the facility saw staff as the enemy,” he said. That’s why Warren joined ServiceWorks as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. He officially took his oath of service on July 24th. Warren sees his time with ServiceWorks as an entry point to instill that positive influence. “I want to have a lasting impact on young people in need of positive role models,” Warren added. He will work at City Square in Dallas with youth to help them learn the skills they need to chart a path towards their goals.

    Through ServiceWorks, the nation’s largest corporate-sponsored AmeriCorps VISTA program, VISTA members like Warren help 16-24 year olds brighten both the future of their communities and their paths to career success. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a museum dedicated to social change movements, served as a fitting location to welcome the 75 new VISTA members in front of over 150 guests. Staff from Citi’s offices in Atlanta, including myself, attended to show support for the program – after all, service is a big part of our community - and to welcome everyone to our hometown. We were all honored to represent Citi and inspired to see so many young people wanting to dedicate a year of their lives to making a difference in the lives of others.

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