Cammie Erickson Social Impact, LinkedIn
January 21st, 2020
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At LinkedIn, we believe that two people with equal talent should have equal access to opportunity. But unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The reality is that where you grow up, where you go to school, and where you work can give you a 12x advantage in gaining access to opportunity. We call this difference the network gap and that’s why we’re committed to connecting young people to mentors, who can open up professional networks that might otherwise be out of reach.
Since 2018, we’ve been partnering with MENTOR and Starbucks to launch 10K Connections, a nationwide campaign designed to connect young people with mentors.
Since launching our partnership, we’ve directed over 500,000 LinkedIn members to the Mentoring Connector to find programs that match their interests. We’ve also collaborated with MENTOR and local organizations to bring mentoring experiences to life at Starbucks stores in ten cities. At these 10k Connections events, young adults have the opportunity to meet with professionals and discuss their career aspirations and concerns.
Ultimately, we’re aiming to facilitate relationships that can help young people navigate the complex world of work. And we’ve been inspired by what we’ve heard from our participants so far. Sydney, a mentor at our Boston 10K Connections event, shared:
“In the time since the event, I’ve created a connection with one of the Year Up students that was in attendance… This weekend we had our first phone call so that we could get to know each other’s motivations for participating in a mentor/mentee relationship. I also identified a short term and long term goal that we will work together to achieve… Hopefully, this is the beginning of a solid relationship.”
Learn more about the 10K Connections campaign at https://mentoring.org/10kconnections.
Say Hello at the Summit! LinkedIn’s Social Impact team will be participating in the 2020 National Mentoring Summit. We look forward to meeting and collaborating with organizations at the forefront of mentoring.