Results tagged as "pathways to progress"

  • On the Path towards Economic Success: The Impact of Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress through the eyes of Abe

    By Rosemary Byrnes, Senior Program Officer, U.S. Youth Economic Opportunities, Citi Foundation October 23, 2014 05:13 PM

    In March 2014, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress, a three-year, $50 million national commitment seeking to catalyze the economic progress of 100,000 low-income urban youth, ages 16-24, across ten of the largest U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

    The single largest commitment by the Foundation to date, Pathways to Progress is designed to provide youth with the skills and opportunities needed to succeed in the 21st century economy within four key paths: Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership & Service, Mentorship and Summer Jobs. The initiative contributes to Citi's broader mission of enabling progress in the cities where we do business and complements the work of our Citi for Cities initiative. Pathways to Progress is reaching more than 22,000 young people in its first year alone. In addition, over the past six months, more than 160 Citi employees have devoted their time and talent in support of the initiative.

    But there's no better way to explore the early success of Pathways than through the eyes of the participants. Below we share the second story from Abe.

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  • Lessons from the Pitch: Young Entrepreneurs Develop Tools for Success

    By Gabe Morales, Program Manager, Citi Foundation October 22, 2014 05:02 PM

    This post is part of a series inspired by Pathways to Progress, a Citi Foundation initiative that works with community partners, city officials and Citi employee volunteers to help low-income urban youth develop the leadership experience, professional skills and the workplace know-how they will need on their path towards college and careers. Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Pathways2Progress

    The crowd goes silent, one final deep breath, and the pitch begins.

    From color-changing toothpaste to exotic popcorn flavors, to a jacket that charges your phone on the go, these are just some of the products presented this month by 55 students at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's (NFTE) National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in Silicon Valley, California.

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  • On the Path towards Economic Success: The impact of Citi Foundation's Pathways to Progress through the eyes of Miles

    By Rosemary Byrnes, Senior Program Officer, U.S. Youth Economic Opportunities, Citi Foundation October 21, 2014 05:15 PM

    In March 2014, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress, a three-year, $50 million national commitment seeking to catalyze the economic progress of 100,000 low-income urban youth, ages 16-24, across ten of the largest U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Newark, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

    The single largest commitment by the Foundation to date, Pathways to Progress is designed to provide youth with the skills and opportunities needed to succeed in the 21st century economy within four key paths: Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership & Service, Mentorship and Summer Jobs. The initiative contributes to Citi's broader mission of enabling progress in the cities where we do business and complements the work of our Citi for Cities initiative.

    But there's no better way to explore the early success of Pathways to Progress than through the eyes of the participants. Below we share the first story from Miles.

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  • Cracking the Entrepreneurship Code

    By Tom Gold, PhD., VP, Research & Evaluation, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) October 08, 2014 12:41 PM

    This post is part of a series inspired by Pathways to Progress, a Citi Foundation initiative that works with community partners, city officials and Citi employee volunteers to help low-income urban youth develop the leadership experience, professional skills and the workplace know-how they will need on their path towards college and careers. Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Pathways2Progress

    Over the past few decades, a number of researchers have been searching for what makes a person an entrepreneur - what skills, experiences or character traits entrepreneurs have that make them special. After years of research and gallons of spilled ink, here are the findings: there is no one single answer.

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  • Entrepreneurship: Turning Your Passion into a Career

    By Maria Jose Monti, Business Consultant & Executive Coach, Citi Alumni Network Member October 03, 2014 10:05 AM

    This post is part of a series inspired by Pathways to Progress, a Citi Foundation initiative that works with community partners, city officials and Citi employee volunteers to help low-income urban youth develop the leadership experience, professional skills and the workplace know-how they will need on their path towards college and careers. Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Pathways2Progress

    There is no single path or silver bullet to becoming an entrepreneur. For me, the myriad of meaningful opportunities throughout my Citi career allowed me to gain the valuable skills and experiences I needed to take the next step in my professional life - opening my own business.

    My entrepreneurial story was years in the making, but ultimately materialized when I homed in on my desire to help others develop their leadership skills to improve performance and productivity and create better work environments. I channeled this passion into opening my own consultancy and have learned quite a few lessons throughout my journey.

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  • Summer Jobs: The Path to Economic Self-Sufficiency

    By Daniel Alfonso, City Manager, City of Miami September 10, 2014 05:39 PM

    This post is part of a series inspired by Pathways to Progress, a Citi Foundation initiative that works with community partners, city officials and Citi employee volunteers to help low-income urban youth develop the leadership experience, professional skills and the workplace know-how they will need on their path towards college and careers. Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Pathways2Progress.

    It's no secret: the summer season passes by very quickly for many, especially for high school students. They end their school year with finals, are free to enjoy their summer, a few weeks rush by and then all of a sudden, they are right back at their desks for another academic year.

    The City of Miami recognized that these summer months are incredibly important and are an opportunity for growth, which is why we implemented a program, with support from the Citi Foundation and the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund, to provide both financial education and employment to the City's high-school students. Our goal is to provide an experience that we hope will set them on a path to economic self-sufficiency.

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  • One Step Forward, Miles Ahead: Four Lessons from My Summer Job

    By Artem Matatov, Summer Jobs Connect Participant August 27, 2014 02:10 PM

    This post is part of a series inspired by Pathways to Progress, a Citi Foundation initiative that works with community partners, city officials and Citi employee volunteers to help low-income urban youth develop the leadership experience, professional skills and the workplace know-how they will need on their path towards college and careers. Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Pathways2Progress

    I took one step forward - and then another, and then another - and before I knew it, I was standing in front of the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner's building in Manhattan. I spent six weeks of my summer break as an intern at this building, where my experiences would translate into lasting lessons that I took with me back to school and beyond.

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  • The Benefits of Service: Not a One-Way Street

    By Gladys Perez, Citi, Senior Assistant for Citi Community Development August 13, 2014 02:45 PM

    This post is part of a series inspired by Pathways to Progress, a Citi Foundation initiative that works with community partners, city officials and Citi employee volunteers to help low-income urban youth develop the leadership experience, professional skills and the workplace know-how they will need on their path towards college and careers. Follow the conversation in social media using the hashtag #Pathways2Progress

    There is a saying in Spanish, "Hoy por ti, mañana por mi," which translates to, "Today for you, tomorrow for me." The idea behind this statement is that if I help you today, you will return the favor tomorrow. This saying was a guiding principle for me growing up. I would help family members translate official documents or tutor my younger cousins, and in return, they would help me if and when I needed it. However, as I grew older, my understanding of what serving others actually meant evolved.

    My initial motive for volunteering was the idea that I was providing a service to someone in need, and I thought that the action and influence only flowed in one direction. As I became more invested in service, I realized that while lending a hand, I was also personally growing from the experience. I came to understand that providing service allowed me to gain invaluable professional and leadership skills, as well as unique insights that I probably would not have learned elsewhere.

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  • Pathways to Progress: ServiceWorks Program Launch Ceremony

    By Brandee McHale, Chief Operating Officer, Citi Foundation August 06, 2014 01:08 PM

    The power of service was front and center this past week as the newest group of AmeriCorps VISTAs proudly proclaimed: "I am an AmeriCorps member and I will get things done," before setting off to begin their work with low-income youth in cities across the United States.

    This group of 50 AmeriCorps VISTA members became the inaugural cohort of ServiceWorks, created by Points of Light, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Citi Foundation. These inspiring young men and women will work with thousands of underserved youth over the next year to help them develop the skills they need for college and careers. ServiceWorks is a key component of the Citi Foundation's recently launched Pathways to Progress campaign: a three-year, $50 million commitment to unlock new opportunities and jump-start career readiness for 100,000 low-income youth.

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  • The Four Greatest Life Lessons of Service - Learning to Lead by Helping Others

    By Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Social Innovation Fund July 31, 2014 12:08 PM

    To celebrate the launch of ServiceWorks, a program supported by AmeriCorps, Points of Light and the Citi Foundation, Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service shares insights on the impact of service and leadership on her life. ServiceWorks is a key program component of the Citi Foundation's recently launched Pathways to Progress initiative.

    Ask people what they visualize when they hear the word "volunteer," and they might describe scenes filled with smiling faces serving dinner in a soup kitchen, raking mulch at a playground project, or perhaps erecting a wall frame on a Habitat construction site. If you look a little closer, you can see what I see - leaders.

    Now, you would expect the CEO of the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and Senior Corps to make such a claim - my job comes with a pair of rose-colored glasses - but I'm speaking from personal experience. I arrived at this point after years of volunteering that taught me the value of service. This began with my days as a Brownie Scout in Georgia, which led to becoming a local volunteer manager, which led to service leadership with the United Way, which led to eight years as CEO of the Florida Governor's Commission on Volunteerism.

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