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Providing Education and Training


TJX aims to achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Quality Education

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 2020, we worked with a variety of organizations and funded education and workforce training opportunities that impacted more than 1.5 million young people.

In our third year of working with Jumpstart in the U.S., TJX was proud to support their 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-version books to Puerto Rico. In addition, more than 5,000 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.

TJX Associate taking part in a book reading as part of the Jumpstart Read for the Record program.

T.J. Maxx celebrated its 36th year of sponsorship of Save the Children U.S. in 2020. In addition to funding Save the Children’s literacy efforts through the year, T.J. Maxx also supported Save the Children’s 100 Days of Reading summer campaign, which was in need of increased support in 2020 following school closures across the nation due to the 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, which has been of increased importance during the COVID-19 pandemic, 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. In 2020, we transitioned from managing our own Youth Business Institute to supporting Junior Achievement, the nation’s largest 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.

In 2019, TJX Canada launched its Find Your Stride community engagement program. The Find Your Stride program endeavors to help vulnerable women achieve economic independence so that they and their families can thrive in life. A key goal of the program is to provide education and job training for women, many of whom are young, single mothers that are preparing for the workforce. Partnerships include WoodGreen’s Homeward Bound program and the Women in Need Society (WINS). 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. Our Associate volunteers taught at training sessions, worked with program participants in mock job interviews, and conducted store tours.

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 the 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 program has helped over 1,900 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 1,000 young people since the program began in 2013, with approximately 70% going on to get jobs with us. In addition, our Loss Prevention team partners with The Prince’s Trust in other ways 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. In 2020, our efforts helped provide educational opportunities for almost 2,500 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 is a partner of AIME Mentoring, a global movement that has been working to end inequality using imagination and mentoring in education for youth in need since 2005. The organization aims to build bridges between people of many races and other socioeconomic divides to help create a future that is more equal for all.


2020 IMPACT


1.5 million

Young people provided access to educational opportunities

4,400

Young people provided workforce readiness opportunities

1.5 million

Young people provided access to educational opportunities

4,400

Young people provided workforce readiness opportunities


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. And with schools significantly impacted across the nation in 2020 due to COVID-19, support of Save the Children’s efforts was even more critical. 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 second 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. Additionally, TJX has expanded its commitment to Save the Children with a global grant from The TJX Foundation as an investment in global breakthroughs for children.

Meals being delivered to children in need

GUS THE BUS BRINGS FOOD AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES


Whenever the red-checkered school bus rounds the corner and stops at families’ houses in Morgan County, TN, children come running. Used primarily for community events, “Gus the Bus” transformed in 2020 to deliver critical meals and educational resources daily to nearly 2,500 children throughout the county when schools closed due to COVID-19. The goal – to help provide critical food and help the students continue learning while they were at home.

In 2020, during the pandemic, Save the Children partnered with schools in more than 200 rural communities like Morgan County, to help prepare and deliver meals to children in need. To date, the organization has helped distribute more than 18.4 million meals.

“It’s wonderful to see the smiles on children’s faces. I am very blessed and very thankful to be a part of this effort and to work for Save the Children.”

Michelle, school-age program coordinator
Save the Children


Our Support Includes:


The TJX Companies, Inc. supports


T.J. Maxx supports


Marshalls supports


Sierra supports


Winners supports


T.K. Maxx supports


Homesense supports