Companies supporting mentoring range from tech to finance to professional sports
Submitted by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
MENTOR’S 2020 National Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll spans more industries this year than in its 10-year history. Led by MENTOR, the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring nationwide, the National Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll promotes and recognizes broad-based private-sector engagement and support of quality youth mentoring. This year’s Honor Roll companies range from global leaders in tech and finance to professional sports, quick-service restaurants, retail, and professional services.
Each year at the National Mentoring Summit, MENTOR’s signature annual conference held in Washington D.C., MENTOR recognizes one outstanding winner and two finalists with an Excellence in Mentoring Award in Corporate Leadership. The award is given to an employee from a company listed on theâ€¯National Corporate Mentoringâ€¯Honor Rollâ€¯who both volunteersâ€¯their timeâ€¯as a youthâ€¯mentorâ€¯and mobilizes others to engage in theâ€¯mentoringâ€¯movement.â€¯This year’s winner was Elizabeth Gurney, Director of Corporate Philanthropy of KeyBank and Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation. The two finalists were Ron Diner, Director of Strategic Community Partnerships of Raymond James and Founder of Lunch Pals, and Quinn Smeaton, Social Responsibility Program Manager of Libra Group.
“I am so proud of the partnerships MENTOR, our Affiliates, and programs across the country have built with so many companies. Ten years ago, at our first National Mentoring Summit there were less than five companies represented. Today, there are over 60 companies on the National Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. 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,” said Nancy Altobello, MENTOR Board Chair and former Global Vice Chair of Talent at EY at MENTOR’s annual Excellence in Mentoring Awards.
Companies of all sizes and industries are looking for meaningful ways to engage their employees and ensure future generations are prepared for the 21st century workforce. The corporate sector and employers nationwide play a major role in boosting the engagement of citizens in mentoring young people. And research shows that companies doing good can also help their employees do well. When employers engage in mentoring there is a considerable ripple effect: those employees not only mentor more but even the non-mentors contribute to mentoring in other ways by donating their resources or skills or voice, according to MENTOR research.
MENTOR has also found that employees who work for a company that cares about mentoring are simply happier with their jobs and career and think highly of their employer’s decision to step up for youth in the community. This engagement builds a culture of mentoring in a company that can extend to the professional development employees receive and the values that are expressed every day in their workplace.
Simply put: When America’s businesses invest their people and their resources in youth mentoring the mentoring movement gets a major boost in growing to scale and more children are positioned to not only benefit from a mentor’s care and support but also to pass it on themselves.
Registration for the National Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll is open on a rolling basis. Eligible companies may register by filling out the application on MENTOR’s website.
2020 National Mentoring Honor Roll Companies:
Bank of America
Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Casa Grande Interactive Communications, Inc.
Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP
City National Bank
Federated Insurance Company
First National Bank of Omaha
Johnson & Johnson
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Kissena Donuts, Inc.
Los Angeles (LA) Clippers
Nebraska Furniture Mart
Owens & Minor, Inc.
People’s United Bank
PSEG Long Island
Ross Stores Foundation
Securian Financial Group
Taco Bell Foundation
The Sherwin-Williams Company
United Technologies Corporation
Urban Health Plan, Inc.
MENTOR is the lead champion for youth mentoring in the United States. We serve young people between the ages of 6 and 18, and MENTOR's work over the last two decades has helped millions of young people find the support and guidance they need to build productive and meaningful lives.