September 13, 2011
When UCLA holds its third annual Volunteer Day on Tuesday, September 20, among the 6,800 new students who will go to 27 schools, parks and other locations in Los Angeles will be 375 members of the incoming UCLA Anderson School of Management Class of 2013. Using experiential hands-on programs, they will mentor K-6th grade students at four Los Angeles schools to talk about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy.
Students from Anderson’s Class of 2013 will go to Los Angeles Unified School District’s Arlington Heights, Baldwin Hills, Magnolia Avenue and Cienega elementary schools.
Anderson’s participation is being organized in collaboration between Junior Achievement, whose programs help prepare young people for the real world of business, and the UCLA Anderson chapter of the nonprofit Challenge for Charity (C4C), which draws on the talents, energy and resources of MBAs from nine West Coast business schools. The mission of the UCLA Anderson chapter of C4C is to raise funds for and provide volunteer support to Special Olympics, Project Echo, and Junior Achievement. From 2010-11, Anderson students completed more than 5,000 volunteer hours and raised more than $100,000 for these charities.
“Anderson students are committed to using their talents, energy, and resources to continually support charitable organizations, such as Junior Achievement, to develop business leaders with a lifelong commitment to community involvement and social responsibility,” said Claire Pomeroy, Challenge for Charity co-president.
On Volunteer Day, UCLA will make the event a true all-L.A. event, with participants this year going into each of L.A.’s 15 City Council districts, including numerous elementary, middle and high schools in those districts as well as parks, shelters, a senior center, TreePeople, a food bank and two Veterans Administration sites. Volunteers will, among other things, take on major painting projects, distribute food and school supplies, restore nature trails, refurbish gardens and remove fire hazards. Volunteers will also assist seniors and veterans and, at the schools, engage in college prep mentoring.