EY College MAP: Ten years of connecting young people to their college dreams.
In 2019, College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence), EY’s signature mentoring program, will celebrate its tenth anniversary. Hailed as one of the most innovative and high-impact corporate volunteer programs in the country, College MAP is a model of private-sector mentoring as a way to support access to education for underserved youth and develop future generations of talent.
This is important because 65% of jobs in the US will require post-secondary education by 2020, but too many underserved high school students don’t consider going to college. The goal can seem too distant, the application process too confusing, the cost too expensive and the rewards too unclear.
The College MAP program addresses this gap by matching employee volunteer mentors with groups of 11th-and 12th- graders in underserved high schools throughout the US so that they can gain access to college and succeed in higher education. The program helps demystify the process of applying to and affording college, encouraging students who might not otherwise have considered it an option. We then work with students to build the skills to help them persist in completing their post-secondary goals
The results are impressive!
In addition, through annual employee engagement surveys, we’ve learned that employees who participate as College MAP mentors report best-in-class employee engagement, including longer tenure with the firm and even significantly higher performance ratings.
College MAP currently has active program sites in 37 US cities, and we’ve committed to developing a lighter touch model that can be deployed anywhere in the US to help bring the program to even more students in the coming years.
To learn more about the growing private sector role in the youth mentoring movement, download our report, Mentoring: At the crossroads of education, business and community. www.ey.com/us/youthmentoring
EY and MENTOR
As part of our commitment to increasing access to education, we collaborate with MENTOR, the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in the United States. Nancy Altobello, retired EY Global Vice Chair, Talent, serves on MENTOR’s national Board of Directors. We also sponsor the annual MENTOR conference, bringing together champions of youth mentoring from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to share leading practices and develop a shared viewpoint about the best paths forward.