Industry: Finance Partnership: Ernst & Young LLP College Mentoring for Access and Persistence (MAP) Business Need: Goodwill & Community, Onboarding & Training, Retention & Productivity

Through College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence), EY encourages students to apply for college and helps them succeed once they get there. This allows EY to address a community need while also providing their employees with mentoring opportunities to develop tomorrow’s leaders.

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College MAP provides support to underserved students as they consider the dream of higher education. The program helps students navigate the application and financial aid process, provides access to resources, and exposes them to the benefits of higher education.

The College MAP curriculum includes monthly workshops, college visits, and tutoring tied to financial skills that will help students succeed in college and make the most of their financial futures in general. The program has a unique approach -- it matches small groups of EY professionals with groups of students, so all volunteers work in teams. This has several main benefits: multiple mentors can provide different perspectives for guidance to students, busy client-serving professionals are able to balance work and a long-term mentoring commitment, and the group of students becomes its own supportive academic community.

Another important element of the College MAP program is the strong mentoring relationships formed between the EY professionals who volunteer as mentors and the students who participate.

THE CHALLENGE

EY wanted to improve access to education in its communities, with special emphasis on college and university access for underserved students.

THE SOLUTION

Through College MAP, EY helps demystify the process of applying to and affording college, encouraging students who might not have considered applying for college to do so. EY employees mentor the students to build the skills that will help them persist in completing their post-secondary goals.

THE OUTCOME

  1. Mentored over 1,100 students since 2009 and is present in 30 US cities
  2. 90% of the students who participate in College MAP graduate high school and pursue higher education
  3. EY mentors are more engaged and take greater pride in working at EY than their peers

 

Source: EYGM and Grads of Life. 2015.

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