TJX has long been committed to helping unlock educational opportunities for at-risk youth to help them reach their full potential. Over the years, our support has focused on quality enrichment and out-of-school programs that provide the skills, resources, and opportunities needed to support school and career success.
In 2017, we worked with a variety of organizations, including Girls Inc., Read to a Child, Covenant House, and The Prince’s Trust, to help create a brighter future for children, teens, and young adults. We funded education and workforce training opportunities that have impacted more than 1.4 million young people.
Some notable highlights of our relationships and successes in 2017 include:
In 1999, TJX founded the Youth Business Institute (YBI) to provide young people in the Boston, Massachusetts, area with skills and job training. Today, YBI is an innovative 11-week professional development program for underserved high school students in cities around the U.S. The program offers workshops on time management, budgeting, résumé building, and interview preparation. TJX Associates bring their talents to the classroom, teaching these students job readiness skills and exposing them to career paths into the retail workforce. Since 2012, more than 1,400 students have graduated from the YBI program. TJX has awarded over $900,000 in scholarships to YBI students and hired nearly 750 program graduates into full- and part-time positions within the Company.
Similarly, TJX Europe works with The Prince’s Trust, an organization that supports teens and young adults who are unemployed, struggling at school, or otherwise at risk of exclusion from many opportunities. In 2017, we raised over $330,000 for the program. Since 2012, we have been actively involved in the Trust’s Get Into Retail program, which helps disadvantaged young people acquire the skills and training needed to succeed in a retail career. Participants in the program learn basic career skills, interview preparedness, and job application techniques. They also benefit from combining classroom-based training with an in-store mentor. In 2017, we supported 15 Get Into Retail programs, training more than 200 young people and hiring over 70% of the program participants. In addition to our participation in Get Into Retail, in 2016, Homesense became a contributor to The Prince’s Trust Achieve program, a personal development course for 13- to 17-year-olds. In just the past year, Homesense’s support has helped Prince’s Trust to reach about 230 additional young people.
At TJX Canada, our Associates support Covenant House Toronto – contributing time and financial resources. Covenant House provides life-saving shelter, education, counseling, healthcare, employment assistance, job training, and aftercare services to homeless populations. Approximately 250 youth are assisted by Covenant House every day and more than 90,000 young people have been served since 1982.
2017 marked the third year that TJX Canada executives participated in Covenant House’s Executive Sleep Out, an event in which executives and community leaders spend one night on the streets with nothing but a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable. Despite subzero temperatures, the 2017 Sleep Out was successful, helping to raise awareness and money so more young people in Toronto will have access to shelter. Our Associates and Foundation donated over $66,000 to the cause. We were also proud to have Associates participating in the first all-women Sleep Out in May.
Marshalls in the U.S. is focused on providing safe and engaging programs for children after school. In 2017, Marshalls in the U.S. supported the Boys and Girls Club of America’s Project Learn, which reinforces academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club. Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for high-yield learning activities, including leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring, and games that develop young people’s cognitive skills.
At Sierra Trading Post, we want the outdoors to be accessible to everyone and support new store openings with grants to non-profits that help children in those communities get outdoors. Some examples include supporting YMCA’s camp programs and Big City Mountaineers, whose mission is to instill critical life skills in under‐resourced youth through transformative wilderness mentoring experiences.
For more than 30 years, T.J. Maxx has been a sponsor of Save the Children U.S., supporting the organization’s programs to create a brighter future for children in need through early education, literacy, nutrition, and physical fitness programs. Our longstanding relationship is rooted in the belief that all children deserve a healthy start in life, and the opportunity to learn and thrive. In 2017, TJX support included T.J. Maxx’s annual in-store fundraising campaign, grants from The TJX Foundation, and volunteerism. As part of our annual in-store fundraising campaigns for Save the Children U.S., customers purchased merchandise featuring children’s artwork, with a portion of the proceeds going to Save the Children U.S.
Our executives, Associates, and customers had the opportunity to engage firsthand with our partners in 2017. Our Associates visited Save the Children U.S.’s programs in both Kentucky and California. Additionally, through the Maxx You Project (an ongoing initiative by T.J. Maxx to inspire and help women embrace their individuality), customers and program participants attended a non-profit 101 workshop hosted by Angeline Martyn, Senior Director of Global Corporate Partnerships at Save the Children U.S. The stories our teams heard, like Rosa’s, were inspiring and heartwarming.
“When I first gave birth to Surena prematurely, I was afraid because I didn’t know what I needed to do to help my baby. Save the Children connected me with Diana, an early childhood specialist, through the Early Steps to School Success program. She taught me so much and became like family, regularly visiting our home and helping to make sure Surena was healthy, talking more, and growing in confidence. Now, Surena is in pre-school and eagerly awaits her bag filled with new books each week from Save the Children’s Book Bag Exchange. Not only did Diana and Save the Children help her to be healthy, they also helped her be ready for school and enjoy learning. She can do anything!”
Rosa, mother and participant
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