LinkedIn for Good: Giving Everyone a Shot at Economic Opportunity

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
January 17th, 2017
Posted In: Corporate Engagement

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LinkedIn for Good’s Meg Garlinghouse speaks at the 2016 National Mentoring Summit.

With over 467 million members, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. As the leading professional platform, LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. LinkedIn for Good, the social impact arm of LinkedIn, takes this a step further by focusing on the underserved individuals included in the global economy. LinkedIn for Good’s mission is to connect those from underserved communities to economic opportunity by providing them with the networks, skills, and opportunities they need to succeed. In 2016 alone, LinkedIn for Good reached a combined 1 million youth, veterans, refugees, employees, and nonprofits.

LinkedIn for Good has identified mentoring as a proven method by which to remove obstacles at-risk youth face on their path toward sustainable employment. Specifically, LinkedIn believes mentoring can help young people from underserved communities develop the soft skills they need to navigate the job-search process while also connecting them to networks that would otherwise be unavailable to them. “When it comes to our mission of connecting individuals from underserved communities to economic opportunity,” says LinkedIn for Good’s Marketing Lead Lana Khavinson, onhealthy ventolin “the importance of mentoring cannot be overstated.”

LinkedIn for Good has partnered with mentoring organizations, including MENTOR: the National Mentoring Partnership, to connect LinkedIn members to mentoring opportunities that support those from underserved communities. Members who indicate an interest in skill based volunteering on their LinkedIn Profiles, are connected to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace where thousands of mentorship opportunities are available to pursue based on an individual’s needs and preferences. To date, more than 40 million LinkedIn members have added the volunteer and causes section to their profile and over 9 million members have specifically indicated that they are interested in skill-based volunteering or board service.

In addition, LinkedIn offices around the globe have implemented localized programs that engage employees in mentoring opportunities.

Looking forward in 2017, LinkedIn plans to explore potential partnership models that could enable organizations to leverage LinkedIn to find the right mentors to match with their mentees.

Say Hello at the Summit! LinkedIn for Good will be participating in this year’s National Mentoring Summit and looks forward to meeting and collaborating with organizations at the forefront of mentoring.

Learn more: See how you can leverage LinkedIn’s platform and products to make a positive impact by visiting: https://linkedinforgood.linkedin.com/.

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