Deloitte Foundation donates youth career guide to the National Urban League
Interactive learning tool LIFE, Inc to be distributed to more than 100,000 youth

Fuente:  Fecha: 9.02.2010

Deloitte Foundation donates youth career guide to the National Urban League

The Deloitte Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Deloitte LLP, has donated the LIFE, Inc.: The Ultimate Career Guide for Young People curriculum to the National Urban League for distribution to approximately 100,000 youth nationwide. Through this innovative program, middle and high school students are encouraged to explore their career options using interactive tools and real world professional scenarios.

As a result of the National Urban League's recent partnership with the New York City's Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), LIFE, Inc. will be available to the nearly 70,000 New York City youths served by Beacon Community Centers.

"The National Urban League is committed to preparing today's youths to be independent and self-reliant in the 21st century," said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. "LIFE, Inc.'s thoughtful approach to exposing children and young adults to a variety of careers will play an important role in helping us meet our objectives going forward."

Launched in 2007, LIFE, Inc. is committed to serving more than 544,000 students across the country through strategic partnerships with national and regional organizations such as the US Army, YWCA and ASPIRA. The program integrates traditional teaching and learning techniques with online activities to keep students engaged as they discover a wide range of professions. The curriculum consists of 10 lessons in which students learn job search and interview skills and uncover the likes and dislikes that may impact their long-term career choices. The detailed Teacher's Guide and in-classroom trainings enable LIFE, Inc. administrators to maximize the benefits of the program and help students reach their full potential.

"Our research shows that children begin making career decisions as early as age 12 and can often be discouraged by the long-term prospect of working," said Shaun Budnik, president, Deloitte Foundation and partner, Deloitte LLP. "That said, by donating the LIFE, Inc. curriculum to the National Urban League and supporting their efforts to extend the program's reach, we are dedicated to increasing the level of awareness around professional options among young people to ensure a robust talent pipeline for generations to come."