Together for more than a decade, Deloitte and PENCIL collaborated through partnership to impact more than 15 schools, serving thousands of students and leveraging the power of hundreds of employee volunteers.
Through one of PENCIL’s Power Breakfasts, “Coffee & Conversation,” guests learned how Deloitte partners with PENCIL across all aspects of PENCIL programming: PENCIL School Partnerships, PENCIL Fellows, PENCIL Points of Engagement and leadership on PENCIL’s Board of Directors.
And within the same week, using the expertise of Deloitte’s Business Chemistry personality assessment, PENCIL invited school leaders to a professional development workshop where they learned how best to champion their teachers and employees.
PENCIL network newcomers and long-time supporters satisfied their hunger for knowledge about our PENCIL School Partnerships and PENCIL Fellows Program by hearing about the Deloitte volunteers’ experiences.
Loic Gerboud of Deloitte said that the work he and his team of volunteers do with students in the classroom is extremely valuable for long-term success of students.
“We try to demystify the college application process and what life at college is all about,” he said. “It’s important to bring that insight to students who may not have learned about it otherwise.”
The importance of showing students what is possible at Fortune 100 corporate organizations like Deloitte is not limited to students in the classroom: Through both Deloitte Impact Day, the company’s global day of service, and Deloitte Discovery Day, one of our own PENCIL Points of Engagement, students across the five boroughs talk and learn with Deloitte volunteers about life after high school.
On Deloitte Impact Day, the employee volunteers go out into the schools and the community. But on Deloitte Discovery Day, students from PENCIL School Partnership schools go into the 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters to see and learn what it is like to work there.
Coordinating schedules among businesses and schools is a tough task. But Yelena Shtyrkalo, education leader at Secondary School of Law, highlighted how PENCIL Program Managers make life a little easier for both the educators and the volunteers.
“Having PENCIL facilitate the sessions and help set up, schedule meetings and more is a huge help for our educators,” she said. “It frees up the educators’ time to focus on lessons and learning.”
And as those lessons from the classroom get translated to life in the boardroom, Deloitte’s commitment to the PENCIL Fellows Program, our competitive career readiness program which culminates in a six-week, paid summer internship, is evident. PENCIL Fellow Andy Rincon felt prepared for his first day at Deloitte because of the networking and skills building workshops he attended. He felt so prepared, he has connected with senior executives at Deloitte as he pursues internship opportunities.
“The biggest lesson I learned through PENCIL Fellows and Deloitte was professionalism,” he said. “It’s a lot easier to wake up at 5:30 a.m. to go to my internship, where I can see success in myself in a business environment in the future.”
But PENCIL Fellows are not the only ones who benefit from the career skills development through the internships and workshops. Laura Sinatra, Operations/One Team Manager at Deloitte, said that finding the right employees to serve as Business Mentors to the PENCIL Fellows is mutually beneficial.
“The Business Mentors gain important management skills, which leads to professional development,” she said. “It’s a win-win when the right pair matches up.”
Christine Wade, Community Involvement Manager at Deloitte, said that PENCIL’s programming with Deloitte is a good model to work well with businesses’ corporate social responsibility goals.
“The work strengthens schools and students while strengthening our employees,” she said.
Throughout all of the ways Deloitte empowers public education, PENCIL is there to open the doors and serve as the link for success inside and outside of the classroom for students and educators alike.
Deloitte Discovery Day is April 7 and Deloitte Impact Day is June 10. Stay tuned for further coverage of these two exciting events!