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19 colleges and universities partner with Strive for College to help underrepresented minorities secure a First Job with the Nation's Leading Employers

19 colleges and universities partner with Strive for College to help underrepresented minorities secure a First Job with the Nation's Leading Employers

Strive for College announced a new collaboration with nine colleges and nine leading employers to create career opportunities for millions of low-income students. Partnerships grant students access to a virtual mentorship platform that pairs students from low-income backgrounds with working adult mentors who can help them identify career opportunities and gain the kinds of workplace-ready skills that employers need.

"Strive for College allows our students to virtually explore careers and expand their professional networks," said Sarah Scott, Associate Dean and Director of the Grissom Scholars Program at Centre College. "Though we connect students with trained mentors and working adults at leading employers, we're expanding their career options."

Among the participating universities are Bates College, Case Western Reserve University, Centre College College Coastal Carolina University (UCS), Concordia University Texas, Framingham State University and Huston-Tillotson University Bloomington,

The participating employer partners include: Alight Solutions, American Express, Amgen, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, Clearsulting, Deloitte, Palo Alto Networks, UBS and UPS.

"Our participation in Strive On will help the next generation of diverse innovators get access to meaningful pathways to a college education," said Eduardo Cetlin, president of Amgen Foundation. In the same way, we know that employees are eager to give back to underserved communities, and this virtual program allows them to do so in an impactful way no matter where they work from.

College graduates are facing tight labor market after the pandemic-induced recession. Nearly half of spring 2020 college graduates are still searching for work. Although overall unemployment numbers are down from March 2020, youth unemployment has remained at nearly half the same. And although the unemployment rate isn't quite as high as March 20, youth job has had almost risen. The national average is double the national median. . Employers like Amgen, Deloitte and UBS are taking steps to attract early talent through partnerships with Strive, and encouraging employees to help diverse students expand their networks.

Strive for College gives students access to great jobs and a supportive network to achieve economic mobility, said Michael J. Carter, CEO of Strively for college. With technology power, we connect the nation's leading employers with diverse students at some of the country'' foremost universities.

Strive for College helps students gain the skills and connections they need to succeed after they graduate. The platform, which includes one-to-one virtual mentoring, has reached over 1,2 million students. In the midst of the pandemic, Strive has seen a massive increase in demand: in May 2020, 19 times more students picked swag than in March 2019 and user engagement has increased 600% since the start of

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Strive for College has helped over 1.2 million students get college, graduate and earn living wage jobs. Our virtual platform UStrive matches students with trained volunteer mentors and allows them to communicate, collaborate, access resources and share guidance as they navigate the path to higher education. 97 percent of Strive students are going on to college and take on little or no debt for tuition due to scholarships or financial aid that their mentors help them secure.

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