Bloomberg 35: Inspiring the next generation and promoting social mobility through education

July 26, 2017

What will it take for the next generation of students to succeed in the global economy? If you ask a Bloomberg employee, they’ll tell you that there is no one route to success. Whatever the student may be interested in or passionate about — Bloomberg employees around the world are committed to mentoring students in their local communities and using education as a “great equalizer” in eliminating socio-economic disparity.

In this edition of Bloomberg 35, we highlight how Bloomberg collaborates with non-profit education partners and how our employees use their diverse skillsets to help students around the world learn and discover their passion.

FIRST Robotics
Bloomberg began sponsoring FIRST programs in 2004. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), founded by renowned inventor Dean Kamen, challenges high school students to build and design robots for a global competition while providing them the opportunity to pursue science and technology as a viable career path.

Bloomberg currently sponsors 500 high school students across 15 FIRST Robotics and 3 FIRST Tech Challenge teams in New York City, Trenton, San Francisco and London. Bloomberg employees serve as mentors to these high school teams throughout the season – and in New York and Tokyo, employees are mentoring middle school students on FIRST Lego League teams.

This year, eight Bloomberg-sponsored FIRST Robotics teams qualified for and competed in the 2017 FIRST Championship in St. Louis — representing our largest group of sponsored teams at the world championships to date.

“Being a FIRST Robotics mentor allows me to share with students the knowledge and critical thinking skills required to be a successful software engineer. In addition, it helps open the students’ minds to push past their limits to build an amazing robot from scratch – but more importantly, that they have the ability to accomplish anything they set their minds to.” -Joseph Corbisiero, New York Engineering

JA Worldwide
As one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide activates youth for the future of jobs. Through the delivery of cutting-edge, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, JA creates pathways for employability and job creation. Each year, the JA network of over 470,000 volunteers serves more than 10 million students in over 100 countries.

Bloomberg’s partnership with JA started in Hong Kong in 2012, working with teenagers to build their entrepreneurial spirit and providing job-readiness training through the Bloomberg Startup education engagement program. Today, Bloomberg partners with JA in nearly 20 cities around the world.

Throughout the year, Bloomberg offices host job shadow days and workshops to prepare high school students with professional skills. Bloomberg employees engage students in team building exercises, sharing their experience in interviews and identifying their strengths.

“As an alumna of Junior Achievement, it’s amazing to have the opportunity to give back to a program that I myself benefitted from as a teenager. Meeting all the students and hearing about their ideas and experiences in running their own mock businesses is the most enjoyable part of being a Bloomberg volunteer with JA.” – Anna Molin, Stockholm News


Inner City Scholarship Fund
Inner City Scholarship Fund (Inner-City) helps families gift their children with elementary and secondary education in New York City inner-city Catholic schools, regardless of their faith or financial background. Bloomberg has supported Inner-City since 1994, making it one of the company’s longest standing partnerships.


By supporting students through the non-profit’s signature sponsorship programs, Be a Student’s Friend and Kids are Our Capital, Bloomberg has provided opportunities for countless students. Over the years, numerous students from Inner-City have interned at Bloomberg and employees have provided their own support in donations and through Bloomberg corporate giving initiatives.


“Inner-City helped me and my family in a very meaningful way. My kids were Inner-City scholarships recipients and received an invaluable education as a result. Today, I’m so happy to support the organization alongside Bloomberg and pay it forward.” – Edgar Galvan, Information Systems in New York


Cidadão Pró-Mundo
In Brazil, learning English is often seen as a tool to promote social mobility. Cidadão Pró-Mundo partners with local schools and volunteers to teach English to disadvantaged youth with an aim that all young people will have the same opportunities no matter their socioeconomic background.


Bloomberg employees have been volunteering as English teachers at Cidadão Pró-Mundo for the past five years. Every Saturday, Bloomberg “volunteachers” visit a public school to teach 20 students of all ages determined to learn English as a way of becoming “Pro-World Citizens.”

Since 2013, Bloomberg employees in São Paulo have donated 2,000 volunteer hours to providing English lessons and empowering young people in Brazil.

“The opportunity to help youth with something that really differentiates them in the job market has been such a rewarding experience. Watching the students that I had the privilege of teaching – from day one all the way through graduation – develop and improve their skills has been an incredible experience.”- Valkiria Martinez, Human Resources in São Paulo


Read more about how Bloomberg is making a global impact through long-term partnerships to support educational advancement around the world.

Bloomberg LP was founded 35 years ago and helped revolutionize the financial industry – making it more fair, efficient and dynamic – and that spirit carries through into our philanthropic work. Bloomberg 35 is a series to celebrate our company’s 35th anniversary, by spotlighting 35 non-profit partners throughout the year–as well as the people at Bloomberg who help these organizations reach their goals.