Volunteers from KPMG’s San Francisco office will be hosting 40 middle school students July 15 to work together in solving real internal and external business issues facing the Big Four’s audit, tax and consulting businesses.
By welcoming the students from Aim High, the Bay Area’s largest provider of summer learning programs, KPMG hopes to give middle school-aged students a greater understanding of the many career opportunities available in a single company.
"KPMG is committed to educating tomorrow's workforce at every stage of their academic career, so we're extremely proud to provide the students from Aim High with an opportunity to learn more about our profession," stated Gavin Geminder, KPMG San Francisco corporate responsibility partner in charge. "Our people are passionate about ensuring that the children in our communities have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives, and we know Aim High shares that passion."
This is the first summer Aim High, which provides low-income middle-school youth with a rigorous summer learning program for up to four consecutive summers, has partnered with KPMG.
"We are fortunate that KPMG will open up their doors to our students so they can broaden their horizons and see what it's like to work at a multi-national professional services company," said Aim High executive director and co-founder Alec Lee in statement. "Aim High is all about creating opportunities for kids, and this is a fabulous opportunity."
Every summer, Aim High employs 400 teachers and serves 1,500 students across the Bay Area, of which 95 percent are of color, 83 percent live at low-income or poverty levels, and 70 percent will be the first generation in their families to graduate college. The 27-year-old nonprofit cites research showing sustained intervention during middle school years keeps students engaged in education, leading to lower high school dropout rates, and works to specifically address summer learning loss. More information on Aim High is available here.