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Providing Education and Training


TJX has long been committed to helping unlock educational opportunities for at-risk youth to help them reach their full potential. Over the years, our support has focused on quality enrichment and out-of-school programs that provide the skills, resources, and opportunities needed to support school and career success in the hopes of helping to create a brighter future for children, teens, and young adults. In 2018, we worked with a variety of organizations and funded education and workforce training opportunities that impacted more than 2.5 million young people.

One homegrown program of which we are particularly proud is our Youth Business Institute (YBI). In 1999, TJX founded the YBI to provide young people in the Boston, Massachusetts area with skills and job training. Today, YBI is an innovative 11-week professional development program for underserved high school students in cities around the U.S. The program offers workshops on time management, budgeting, résumé building, and interview preparation. TJX Associates bring their talents to the classroom, teaching these students job readiness skills and exposing them to career paths in the retail workforce. Since 2012, more than 1,400 students have graduated from the YBI program. TJX has awarded over $970,000 in scholarships to YBI students and hired nearly 800 program graduates into full- and part-time positions within the Company.

For nearly 35 years, T.J. Maxx has been a sponsor of Save the Children U.S., supporting the organization’s programs to create a brighter future for children in need through early education, literacy, nutrition, and physical fitness programs. Our longstanding relationship is rooted in the belief that all children deserve a healthy start in life, and the opportunity to learn and thrive. In 2018, TJX support included T.J. Maxx’s annual in-store fundraising campaign, grants from The TJX Foundation, and volunteerism.

Marshalls in the U.S. is focused on providing safe and engaging programs for children after school. In 2018, Marshalls continued support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s Project Learn, which reinforces academic enrichment and school engagement of young people. Through Project Learn, club staff use all the areas and programs in the club to create opportunities for high-yield learning activities, including leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring, and games that develop young people’s cognitive skills. According to the Boys and Girls Clubs, over 600,000 young people had benefited from Project Learn by the end of 2018.

At Sierra, we want the outdoors to be accessible to everyone, and so we support new store openings with grants to nonprofits that help children in those communities get outdoors. During 2018, Sierra continued supporting YMCA’s camp programs across the U.S. We also partnered with KaBOOM! to support programs that are committed to providing safe places for all children to play and Open Outdoors for Kids, a National Parks Foundation program that creates opportunities for children to explore nature.


2018 IMPACT

TJX Europe works with The Prince’s Trust, an organization that supports teens and young adults who are unemployed, struggling at school, or otherwise at risk of exclusion from many opportunities. Since 2014, T.K. Maxx has been actively involved in the Trust’s Get Into Retail program, which helps disadvantaged young people acquire the skills and training needed to succeed in a retail career. Participants in the program learn basic career skills, interview preparedness, and job application techniques. They also benefit from combining classroom-based training with an in-store mentor. In 2018, we once again supported 15 Get Into Retail programs across the U.K., training more than 200 young people and hiring over 70% of the program participants. The number of young people that have been through the program now totals over 1,000, with a number of those hired now in team leader positions in our stores. TJX Europe has also begun piloting a work placement program, working with other disadvantaged groups, such as young homeless people.

In addition to our participation in Get Into Retail, in 2016 Homesense became a supporter of The Prince’s Trust Achieve program, a personal development course for 13- to 19-year-olds. The program helps young people who are at risk of underachieving at school or college engage with, and succeed in, their education. In just the past year, Homesense has helped raise over $200,000 to help The Prince’s Trust Achieve program reach over 600 young people. Three out of four participants felt they had achieved better communication and team working skills by taking part in the program, and everyone who was surveyed reported that their confidence has increased.


T.K. Maxx and Homesense in the U.K. were also a sponsor of The Prince’s Trust awards for the third year in a row, including serving as the headline sponsor in 2018. The awards recognize young people who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances for better success in life, and had a positive impact on their local community.

In addition to its work with The Prince’s Trust, TJX Europe has been working in 12 communities in the Rwenzori region of western Uganda to help send children to school since 2008. In 2011, we furthered our commitment by developing a sustainable trade program in the region to help more than 4,000 families increase their incomes. We have supported the production and sale of coffee, cocoa, cotton, and crafts, and we sell coffee and crafts produced in that region in our stores. We also support helping these community members form co-operatives and build relationships with commercial and development partners, which has led to better and higher-quality crop yields. Cotton and cocoa co-operatives that we work with have been Fairtrade certified, helping the co-operatives achieve fairer pricing and access to international markets. In fact, research shows that these coffee farmers now earn more for their crops. These, combined with consistent sales of their crops, give residents a more reliable and increased income stream, allowing them to pay for basic needs, school fees, and other necessities. We believe our support is making a difference. Since the Rwenzori Trade Project started in 2011, more children (girls in particular) are completing primary school education as a result of the project. Between 2008 and 2012, school enrollment increased from 53% to 93% and since 2012 we have seen a further 16% increase.

At T.K. Maxx in Australia, we embrace community programs that equip disadvantaged youth with the resources and opportunities to rise up and build a better future. T.K. Maxx is proud to be a national partner of AIME Mentoring and provide funding to support AIME’s program across Australia. AIME provides an in-school program that is designed to equip Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students with the confidence and life skills to believe that they will succeed. Additionally, they have “Tutor Squads” made up of trained university mentors delivering free academic support to the school’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. AIME also supports students with their transition from school to work or further education. Students completing AIME’s program finish school and transition through to university, training, and employment at the same rate as other Australian children – effectively closing the gap in educational outcomes for successful participants.


Making a Difference:
JUMPSTART


We are proud to announce that we’ve teamed up with Jumpstart to support their vision that every child in America enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. TJX supported Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a program that engages over 2 million children across the country in reading the same book on the same day to promote early literacy. We also supported their in-school programming, which Jumpstart says provides over 13,000 preschoolers access to curriculum focused on language, literacy, and social-emotional development. In addition, TJX’s grants provided 3,000 books to the Book Grant Program so teachers from under-resourced schools could apply to receive books and sent an additional 500 Spanish-version books to Puerto Rico, according to Jumpstart.

In support of our relationship, Associates in our field and corporate offices enjoyed building activity kits and reading to children. They even took books home to read to their own children and children at local preschools. Our support of Jumpstart helps forward TJX’s community mission of helping vulnerable families and children access the resources and opportunities they need to build a better future. We’re proud to be helping people like Patricia have an impact on young children’s lives.

Patricia's Story


“Nathaniel was extremely shy at the start of the program. He didn't engage much in play with the other children and had difficulty communicating. I spent time with him, encouraging him to participate in activities alongside his peers. In one of the sessions, I noticed him opening up to another child. We were playing the Alphabet Memory Game in the puzzle center, and he was trying really hard to explain the rules of the game to another classmate. It made me so happy to see his progress. I love that we can give him more individualized attention in Jumpstart.”

Patricia, AmeriCorps Volunteer Team Leader
Jumpstart


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