In 2014, Jive Software ('Jive') committed to launch a global youth employment initiative to provide career training and mentorship opportunities to underserved youth in the United States and Israel. Jive has partnered with Year Up Bay Area, which empowers low-income young adults in Silicon Valley and San Francisco to transition from poverty to professional careers in a single year, and the Appleseeds Academy in Tel Aviv, which offers equal opportunity to Israel's socially disadvantaged communities through technological training and the development of life skills. Through these partnerships, Jive aims to reach approximately 450 youth in their local communities within one year.
Jive Program with Appleseeds Academy - Israel
- Jive Tel Aviv office will host two student visits, each with approximately 20 individuals. (Q1-Q2 2015)
- Jive Tel Aviv will provide three employees to serve as youth mentors. (Q1-Q4 2015)
- Jive Tel Aviv will provide three employees to participate in two youth 'hackathon' events, each with up to 200 students. (Q1 & Q3 2015)
Jive Program with Year Up Bay Area - Silicon Valley
Jive will provide three to ten employees at the following events hosted by Year Up Bay Area:
- Elevator Pitch Competition, with 20 students (Q4 2014)
- Mock Networking & Interviewing Event, with 23 students (Q4 2014)
- Mock Networking Event, with 128 students (Q4 2014)
- Cross Site 'Shark Tank' Event, with 160 students (Q4 2014)
- Jive will provide five employees for Year Up's one-on-one mentoring program (Q1-Q4 2015).
Leveraging the framework of programs and activities implemented by its partners, Jive will contribute the time and expertise of its leadership and staff in a variety of capacities to support a range of high-quality, locally relevant, and future-thinking career training programs. In particular, these will involve long-term mentoring of individual students, hosting students on site at regional company offices and providing employee volunteers to participate in a variety of one-time professional development events.
Because Jive is the leading provider of modern communication and collaboration solutions for business and is committed to helping employees work better together as part of its core mission, this initiative represents a natural extension for the company in supporting the next generation of corporate and community leadership. Jive believes that providing young people with opportunity and access to real-world jobs skills training and work experience will not only make a difference in the communities in which the company does business, but could also contribute to Jive's future workforce.
In October 2014, Jive previewed its new Commitment to Action with the audience at JiveWorld14. Many of Jive's customers and partner organizations, which consist of nearly 42 organizations, are also members of Clinton Global Initiative and were represented at the event. Given this shared mission with many of these organizations, Jive used this opportunity to encourage them to join Jive's commitment to action in opportunity youth employment.
Jive's Commitment further expands upon the company's longstanding support for Clinton Global Initiative and its mission. For nearly five years, Jive software has powered the external online member community, CGI Connect, which enables CGI's members around the world to connect, communicate, and collaborate. Jive also now supports CGI's newest online community, CGI U Connect, which brings together CGI's university student members from across the nation.
Jive Action Plan with Appleseeds Academy - Israel
Jive Tel Aviv office will host two student visits, each with approximately 20 students (Q1-Q2 2015) and will provide the opportunity for youth to experience the technology industry, and speak directly with employees to learn more about their roles, how they arrived there, what they enjoy about their jobs and any challenges they face.
Jive Tel Aviv will provide three employees to serve as youth mentors (Q1-Q4 2015). One-on-one sessions with students will focus on technology and personal-skills development, and experience within a 'real-life' technology work environment. Students will shadow their mentors as they progress from training to eventual integration into either academia or the labor market.
Jive Tel Aviv will provide three employees to participate in two youth 'hackathon' events, with up to 200 students (Q1 & Q3 2015). These events will be held over a 24-hour period, and these hackathon events involve youth from Appleseeds Academy's [email protected] program, Israel's only technological youth movement for individuals between the age of 14 and 18 who come from the social, economic, and geographical periphery.
Jive Action Plan with Year Up Bay Area - Silicon Valley and San Francisco region
Jive will provide 3-10 employees at the following events hosted by Year Up Bay Area:
Elevator Pitch Competition (Q4 2014)
Jive employees will serve on a panel of judges while 20 students give their best 30-second pitches, and 'judges' offer feedback and choose the winner.
Mock Networking & Interviewing Event (Q4 2014)
Jive employees are paired with students for one-on-one interviews and provide feedback on thoughtfulness, clarity, rapport, demonstrated interest, and subject knowledge. They will then mingle with these 23 students to help them practice the art of networking.
Mock Networking Event (Q4 2014)
Jive employees mingle with 128 students to help them practice the art of networking.
Cross Site 'Shark Tank' Event (Q4 2014)
Similar to the television show, Jive employees will serve on a panel of judges who will choose to invest in 'mock projects' presented by 160 students.
Jive will provide five employees for Year Up's long-term mentoring program (Q1-Q4 2015).
Serving an eight-month term, employees will provide professional and personal guidance to young adults entering their first, fulltime professional experience as a Year Up intern. Year Up mentors commit to meeting with their mentees once a month in person and communicating weekly.
The Great Recession of 2008 had an immense impact on the global economy. Six years later, America's youth, and those in other regions around the world, still face tremendous economic challenges. Without targeted efforts to engage these young people, the U.S. risks losing a vital source of momentum for the recovery of its economy and stunting the potential of generations to come.
It is estimated that nearly six million young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are out of school and out of work, and a staggering 75 million young people are now unemployed globally. Despite enormous talent and motivation, these individuals often lack access to higher education and/or a path to careers that can provide them with a living wage.
These are troubling realities, but they represent a tremendous global opportunity. Providing young adults with the skills, knowledge, and experience that businesses demand places them on a path to career-oriented employment and earning a living wage. In return, employers gain access to a wider pipeline of well-trained talent than ever before, the talent they need to compete across the globe.
Jive Software seeks to address the issue of limited opportunities for young people in underserved communities seeking professional careers in the Technology industry who are competing against highly skilled professionals in regions such as Silicon Valley.