TJX has long been committed to helping unlock educational opportunities for at-risk youth and vulnerable young people to help them reach their full potential. Over the years, our support has focused on quality enrichment and out-of-school
programs that provide skills, resources, and opportunities to support school and career success in the hopes of helping to create a brighter future for children, teens, and young adults. In fiscal 2022, we worked with a variety
of organizations and funded education and workforce training opportunities that impacted more than 3 million young people.
In our fourth year of working with Jumpstart in the U.S., TJX was proud to support Jumpstart’s vision that every child in America enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. TJX’s funding went to Jumpstart’s
Read for the Record, a program that engages over two 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. The grants also enabled Jumpstart to send additional Spanish-language books to Puerto Rico. In addition, more than 7,500
books were distributed directly to classrooms and shelter programs that are a part of TJX’s partner network. Associates across the country also did virtual book readings in classrooms and daycares in their local communities.
T.J. Maxx celebrated its 37th year of sponsorship of Save the Children U.S. in fiscal 2022. In addition to funding Save the Children’s literacy efforts throughout the year, T.J. Maxx also supported Save the Children’s
100 Days of Reading summer campaign, which needed increased support during the global pandemic. Read more about our partnership below.
At Sierra, we want the outdoors to be accessible to everyone, so we provide support in connection with new store openings through grants to nonprofits that help children in those communities get outdoors. 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.
We have a long history of working with underserved youth in cities around the U.S. to help teach them job readiness skills and expose them to career paths in retail. This year, we continued to support Junior Achievement,
a national provider of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills for young people. Their goal is to give young people the tools they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart
academic and economic choices. TJX Associates have the opportunity to volunteer in Junior Achievement programs. Additionally, we partnered with a number of nonprofits this year, including The Posse Foundation, Bottom Line, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, and UNCF (United Negro College Fund), to support their work in connecting high-school and college students to internship and early career opportunities at TJX.
Through TJX Canada’s Find Your Stride program, we endeavor to provide education and job training for women preparing for the workforce—many of whom are young, single mothers from diverse racial and ethnic
backgrounds, including new Canadians. Partnerships include WoodGreen’s Homeward Bound program, the Women in Need Society (WINS), and, new in fiscal 2022, Petites-Mains. Women
participating in the Homeward Bound program receive housing and childcare while pursuing a no-cost, two-year college diploma. On completing the degree program, participants also receive internships and job placement assistance.
For WINS, in addition to our financial support, we developed the TJX Canada WINS Retail Ready program, a six-week program that provides training and work experience to enable women to find and maintain employment within the retail
industry. In fiscal 2022, we were pleased to launch our partnership with Petites-Mains, a Quebec-based organization dedicated to helping integrate Canadian newcomers into the job market through skills and knowledge training. Through
these programs, TJX Associate volunteers taught at training sessions, worked with program participants in mock job interviews, and conducted store tours.
This year, TJX Canada was proud to establish a new relationship with Indspire, a charity whose vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement. In partnership with Indigenous, public
sector, and private sector stakeholders like us, Indspire strives to educate, connect, and invest in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people to help them achieve their highest potential. Our donation will support several
scholarships for high school and post-secondary Indigenous students.
In the U.K., TJX Europe engages with organizations that give young people access to broader educational opportunities with a goal of preparing them for employment opportunities. For many years, we have supported The Prince’s Trust through their Achieve and Get Into programs. The Achieve program is a development course designed to help young people aged 11-19 who are at risk of underachieving at school boost their confidence, learn new skills, and collaborate
with others. Since 2016, Homesense’s support of the Achieve program has helped over 2,700 young people. Get Into Retail provides training, development, and employment opportunities for successful participants. As one of the
largest partners of Get Into Retail, we are proud to have engaged with over 1,500 young people since the program began in 2013, with approximately 70% going on to accept jobs with us. In addition, our Loss Prevention team partners
with The Prince’s Trust to help disadvantaged young people create new futures for themselves through the Get Into Loss Prevention program.
TJX Europe also partners with Stowarzyszenie WIOSNA in Poland and Children for a Better World in Germany, two organizations that support disadvantaged children and young people through mentoring and
skills development. Since our partnerships with Stowarzyszenie WIOSNA and Children for a Better World began in 2014 and 2010, respectively, our efforts have helped provide educational opportunities for over 9,500 youth in need.
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 Australia is excited to have launched a new charity partnership
with The Smith Family to continue this work. The Smith Family is a national, independent children's charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education so they can create better futures
for themselves. For 100 years, The Smith Family has been tackling the problem of poverty one child at a time. Through their flagship Learning for Life program, they have helped more than 58,000 Australian students with their education
by providing each student with a combination of emotional, practical, and financial support as well as vital learning and mentoring programs that help them keep up and stay motivated throughout their school years.
Making a Difference:
SAVE THE CHILDREN
Since 1984, T.J. Maxx has proudly supported Save the Children U.S. programs to help improve the lives of children and families in need through early education, literacy, and health programs. T.J. Maxx’s relationship began with
sponsorship of children who participate in Save the Children’s national education programs. Over the years, the relationship has grown to include an annual in-store fundraising campaign, as well as sales of branded merchandise
which often features children’s artwork. Further, our Chief Executive Officer is a member of the Board of Trustees of Save the Children. For the third year in a row, T.J. Maxx also made a contribution to the 100 Days of Reading
campaign, which encourages reading with children throughout the summer.
BUILDING CONFIDENCE & SKILLS IN THE CLASSROOM
When he started kindergarten in the fall of 2020, Trentyn was reluctant to participate in class and shrugged his shoulders when asked about the letters of the alphabet. At the time, he could recognize only a few
letters and struggled with their sounds.
Starting school during a pandemic also meant an unpredictable school schedule for Trentyn, with shifts from remote learning to hybrid and in-person learning – and back again – adding to his challenges.
But with the help of Save the Children’s afterschool program, things began to turn a corner for the Tennessee kindergartener. As the spring of 2021 began to blossom, so did Trentyn’s early reading
skills. He had mastered every letter of the alphabet, was gaining confidence in their sounds, and could instantly recognize nearly 20 common sight words.
“I’ve learned all of my sounds,” said Trentyn, who noted his favorite book is “Clifford the Big Red Dog” because “it is fun!”
“He has come a long way with his learning, but he has also learned to participate, get along, and help others more,” said Trentyn’s mom, Sandi. “Without the extra help from Save the Children,
I feel he would still be way behind.”