Dec 04, 2013
INROADS Partners with Jack & Jill of America to Expand and Enhance Career Opportunities for African American Youth
Collaboration follows growing trend among nonprofits
ST. LOUIS, MO, December 4, 2013— INROADS, Inc., a multinational non-profit specializing in career development and opportunities for underserved youth, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Jack & Jill of America to create a program aimed at increasing career readiness and opportunity for African American youth.
“INROADS’ collaboration with Jack & Jill is a natural extension of our respective missions,” says Forest T. Harper, CEO of INROADS. “Both organizations are focused on transforming today’s youth into tomorrow’s community and corporate leaders. Together, we can start that process earlier. ”
The Jack & Jill of America philosophy holds that every child can be developed into a leader if given the proper guidance and opportunity. Correlatively, INROADS’ mission is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.
“The collaboration between Jack & Jill and INROADS is an opportunity to ensure our teens have the experience and resources they need today in order to be successful leaders tomorrow,” says Tamara T. Robinson, president of Jack & Jill. “We are confident the partnership will provide our young people with the unique experience they want and deserve, and will help develop the next generation of executive leadership.”
As outlined in the MOU, the INROADS partnership program for Jack & Jill students is designed to better prepare its members for careers when they graduate, by supporting their goal-setting processes and providing the tools and training needed to become successful community and corporate leaders. The goal: Achieve dual success by allowing INROADS to recruit top talent from Jack & Jill chapters, and Jack & Jill students to be placed in rewarding jobs and careers.
“Collaboration can mean greater impact and expanded reach, which is why it is such a growing trend among nonprofits,” notes Harper. “Indeed, a survey by the Nonprofit Finance Fund found that 42 percent nonprofit organizations had collaborated to provide programs or planned to.”
The Mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. Founded in 1970, INROADS, Inc. is the nation's largest non-profit source of salaried corporate internships. INROADS has placed students in over 154,000 paid internships throughout its history, providing students with the skills and competencies necessary to be successful in advanced careers, and graduated over 26,000 Alumni into fulltime professional and managerial positions with over 1,000 Corporate Partners. With over 35 offices throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, INROADS currently serves 1,700 Interns and over 200 Corporate Clients. To learn more, visit http://www.INROADS.org.
About Jack & Jill of America, Inc.
Founded in 1938, Jack & Jill of America, Inc. is a national children's organization founded in 1938 to provide educational, cultural, civic, recreational, and social activities for African-American youth between the ages of 2 and 19. Today, Jack & Jill has more than 230 chapters in 35 states and the District of Columbia, representing over 30,000 family members. To learn more, visit http://jackandjillinc.org.
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