Our Promise is a program that aims to connect three seemingly disparate groups: local non-profit & community groups, students requiring financial assistance, and the top 50 business in the United States & globally.
The way we see this program working together is through a multi-stage process: First, connecting untapped talent (students) with community groups that need the resources and time of people who can lend important skills (e.g. videography, writing, event coordination). Second, educating students with career skills through the community work, and in turn, then applying those skills and training through Our Promise programming, to the one-year job commitment at a top U.S. company. And third, our business partners would invest in a salaried position for a student at the local community organization, in order to affirm the commitment to the student after graduation.
We are thinking about this as the new 1:1 model. 1 job in exchange for 1 semester (or 1 year) of working in a local community.
We think this has the opportunity to be a game changer for all involved and to make a real commitment that has an impact over multiple years.