Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago and UPS Expand Partnership Focused on Workplace Mentorship and Career Readiness
Big Brothers Big Sisters Serves as UPS’s First Official Mentorship Partner Underscoring UPS’s Commitment to Equity for Youth
In recognition of National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago (BBBSChi) and UPS announce the amplification of their partnership, through a multi-year commitment that provides equitable access to careers and opportunities for youth in the workforce.
This strengthened alliance will replicate the success of career readiness pilot programs tested in Atlanta and expand to Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. The partnership focuses on college and career readiness, workplace mentorship, and family and financial stability for youth.
“Workplace Mentorship opens up a world of possibilities for a child’s future,” said Jeremy Foster, BBBSChi President & CEO. “We are incredibly grateful to have a partner in UPS who is invested in the next generation and brings this deeply meaningful volunteer opportunity to their employees as well.”
UPS and BBBSChi will introduce diverse career opportunities to youth ages 14+ through the organization's Big Futures program. This nationwide initiative exposes young people to potential career pathways after high school – whether in higher education or the workforce. Big Futures connects students with mentors, helping them create a personalized plan for their future based on their interests and skill sets.
“Through this partnership with UPS, the youth of Big Brothers Big Sisters will have access to mentors through our extensive network of employees, as well as opportunities for learning and skill development,” said Nikki Clifton, President of Social Impact and The UPS Foundation. “We are proud to team up with Big Brothers Big Sisters to make meaningful connections, promote equity in our communities, and improve access to resources that equip youth for bright futures.”
During the program’s pilot year, UPS worked with BBBS agencies to provide turnkey volunteer opportunities, by enabling youth from local schools to visit employees at their offices. Students explored career pathways in marketing, finance, supply chain logistics and more. The pilot locations exceeded their target goals for youth served, creating more than 150 matches who experienced positive outcomes and pathways for the future.