Alex-Cassandra completed the program and was hired to work at TK Maxx. Excited about her new career path and her new group of friends, she aspires to move into a coaching role and help others succeed.
Many Associates have helped support these programs and helped make them successful while simultaneously transforming the lives of young people.
“You get out what you put in. I really enjoyed it! It’s good to help people who really want to get on in life,” a Store Manager said.
“The Prince’s Trust program is a very good way to recruit people. The program allows us to really get to know prospective employees as individuals first,” said an Assistant Store Manager.
In addition, 2017 marks the second year that Homesense is lending its support to help vulnerable young people by partnering with The Prince’s Trust's newly formed Achieve program. This personal development course is designed for 13- to 19-year-olds across the U.K. and helps them achieve their potential within education. Through several in-store campaigns, money has been raised to support more than 1,500 young people develop skills and confidence needed to engage and succeed. Visit The Prince's Trust website to learn more.
In the U.S., the TJX-run Youth Business Institute (YBI) supports vulnerable young people in their efforts to have greater success in school and the workforce. The 11-week personal and professional development program is designed to provide high school students with basic skills and training for success in the classroom and the retail workplace. Launched in 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, the program now partners with 17 high schools spanning 12 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Whether it’s shopping for business attire, or brushing up on interview skills, students are exposed to a wide range of hands-on and classroom-based workshops taught by TJX volunteers and staff from participating schools. The program also fosters students’ career exploration and concludes with a graduation ceremony.
Since 2012, YBI has awarded over $900,000 in scholarships to students, graduated more than 1,300 young people, and hired more than 700 graduates into part-time or full-time positions within the Company.
To learn more about what TJX is doing to support families and children in need, visit the Communities section of our CR website.