Volunteerism is a key component of many companies' philanthropic and community affairs programs and youth mentoring is a great way for workplaces to contribute to the economic and social strength of local communities. Corporate volunteerism can be a triple win by helping people in the community, giving employees a chance to shine, and benefiting the company by showcasing their commitment to the community through giving back to it.
Benefits of Youth Mentoring for Mentees, Businesses and Employees:
- Mentoring helps foster employee engagement, retention, and recruitment efforts
- Mentoring enables companies to cultivate and develop the future workforce
- Mentoring supports vibrant communities, which includes viable customers
- Mentoring improves recruitment and employee retention, and provides opportunities to attract a diverse workforce
Statistics Support Corporate Volunteer Programs:
- 92% of the surveyed corporate executives encouraged their employees to become involved in community service activities
- More than 50% of respondents acknowledged a connection between corporate volunteer programs and profitability. An even higher percentage reported a connection between corporate volunteer programs and factors that effect profitability (ie: teamwork, morale, productivity, etc)
- 80% of the surveyed businesses agreed that their corporate volunteer programs improved employee retention rates; while 90% noted that their corporate volunteer programs helped build teamwork skills and improved morale among current employees
- 50% of corporate respondents made community service a part of their mission statement
*Source: Corporate Volunteer Programs: Benefits to Business, Report No. 1029.
Creative Ways for Businesses to Get Involved:
- Encourage employees to become mentors
- During lunch, invite local mentoring organizations to provide a short presentation at your business
- Develop supportive and flexible volunteer policies for employees in school-based mentoring programs
- Include the Iowa Mentoring Partnership's website (www.iowamentoring.org) in company newsletters or local papers
- Select an employee from your company to serve as a liaison to a local mentoring program
- Highlight current employees who mentor through an internal communication system, media outlet and/or recognition event (i.e. mentor banquet, gift certificates, t-shirts, employee of the month, prime parking space, mentor pins)
- Donate office facilities for local mentoring organizations to hosts meetings, trainings and/or events
- Offer grants or scholarships to mentoring programs and participants
- Volunteer to speak to a group of mentees about your career and how you got to where you are today
- Collect/donate items needed by local mentoring organizations
- Donate your professional expertise to an organization that mentors young people
- Donate tickets to movies, the theater or sporting events to mentors and mentees
National Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll
MENTOR is re-launching a recognition initiative called the National Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll, which you may remember as the Corporate Mentoring Challenge Honor Roll and now reflects the totality of companies stepping up to place mentoring at the center of their social responsibility and talent work.
The newly re-launched Honor Roll reflects broad-based support for mentoring, and companies supporting quality mentoring in any way are eligible and encouraged to register. Honor Roll companies know that mentoring is a key strategy to connecting youth to social and economic opportunities while building a strong 21st century workforce. And most importantly, they walk the walk.
By joining the Honor Roll, companies will not only receive national recognition of their efforts, they will also have the exclusive opportunity to spotlight star employees walking the walk by nominating them for the newly created Corporate Excellence in Youth Mentoring Award. MENTOR will recognize 10 employee mentor honorees exclusively from Honor Roll companies, one of whom will be selected to receive the national award at the National Mentoring Summit in January 2018, the annual event convening nearly 1,000 experts, practitioners, advocates, and corporations to advance mentoring nationwide.
Honor Roll companies receive access to:
- The latest mentoring research
- Effective mentoring practices
- Tools and resources to support corporate mentoring initiatives
- Networking opportunities with other corporations, philanthropic investors in mentoring, MENTOR Affiliates across the country, and direct-service mentoring programs
Members will also have the opportunity to be spotlighted as models for how companies are making change through mentoring in:
- National press
- Congressional briefings
- Mentoring field guides and expert research
Will you add your name to the growing list of companies committed to youth mentoring? Take 10 minutes to register here.
Click here for more information on how businesses can become involved in mentoring.