5 October 2017

HSBC Bankers are Paired with NYC Teens For Year-Long Mentoring Relationship

Collaboration with Girls Inc. takes innovative approach to establishing rapport: fashion and an invitation to a celebration of Powerful Women Bankers

HSBC and Girls Inc. launched a robust mentoring program that seeks to prepare young girls from New York City high schools for college, careers and bold futures.

The pilot program will span the 2017-18 academic year, and will offer an intensive mentoring experience to ten high-school students from New York City schools:

  • Bi-monthly one-on-one sessions between each teen and her mentor -- an HSBC woman banker -- to discuss such topics as college applications, career options, resume building, interpersonal skills, and other subjects that may be on the minds of the mentees.
  • Monthly group sessions that bring together all ten mentees and ten mentors to discuss such topics as financial literacy, the life of a banker, negotiation skills, building a personal brand, and how these young women can become the next generation of leaders in STEM and financial services.

To establish the rapport that provides a firm foundation for ongoing conversations about education, careers and life, HSBC and Girls Inc. orchestrated a unique experience for the teens: the opportunity to choose an outfit provided by Michael Kors, and to wear that new outfit while they accompany their mentors to the American Banker Most Powerful Women in Banking awards dinner.

HSBC first collaborated with Girls Inc. in 2015 with a 3-year, $1 million grant that went directly to supporting more than 1,000 middle school-aged girls in Afterschool Math Plus (ASM+), a program which provides hands-on activities to help students build confidence as they build math skills. Over the past 3 years, hundreds of HSBC employees have served as mentors to young women. Cate Luzio, Executive Vice President and Global Head of International Subsidiary Banking at HSBC, joined the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. in February 2017.

HSBC’s support for Girls Inc. is part of the bank’s commitment to helping to prepare today’s youth, here in the U.S and globally, with the critical skills that are needed for the future job market. That includes major investments in Horizons National  to support summer and after-school programs; Virtual Enterprises International  for its in-classroom experiences and youth business competitions; and the creation of Junior Achievement’s digital curriculum called JA Global Marketplace . Last year, HSBC and JA staged “crash the classroom,” an interactive experience with seventh graders in New York City, to demonstrate how JA Global Marketplace will benefit American students.