The 2016 Social & Community Investment Awards: Slalom


Type of Work: Community Outreach Initiative Client: YES Prep

The Slalom Houston office partnered with YES Prep, a charter school with multiple campuses in Houston. YES Prep has 15 schools serving 10,000 students throughout Houston and provides access to educational opportunities to students from low-income communities.

The Houston office worked closely with YES Prep leadership to identify their key needs both internally as an organization and for their programs. This lead to a set of initiatives that were planned and managed throughout the year to both enhance the capacity of the organization and support access to opportunities for their students, says Jeff Williams, GM of the Slalom Houston office.

“We are proud to partner with organizations like YES Prep whose mission is to create educational opportunities for kids from underserved communities in Houston,” Williams says. “Investing in our local market and providing ways for our consultants to give back is a core value of Slalom.”

Slalom Houston offered support to YES Prep in the following areas: Salesforce Training—Salesforce strategy support and training for YES Prep to successfully utilize Salesforce to track and improve its donation income; Uncommon Career Days—YES Prep students were invited to the Slalom office where they learned about potential career paths that they were not previously aware of and had the opportunity to spend time in a corporate office setting; Homework Helpers—Slalom employees volunteered once a week to help students at a YES Prep Middle School campus; Essay Reviews—Slalom employees virtually reviewed essays written by YES Prep students for college applications and provided feedback on how to improve the essays; and College Info Packet—a packet of general information and pointers was created to be used by YES Prep Counselors and families in the college application process.

“Slalom provided a little bit of everything for us, to be honest. Slalom really delivered,” says Shannette Prince, Manager, Individual Giving, YES Prep. “I think both organizations are very innovative. And they’re passionate about what they do.”

Overall, over the course of the last year, the Slalom Houston office contribute over 800 hours with over 70 employees participating in different volunteer activities with YES Prep students. Over $4,000 was contributed through employee giving and over 800 books were donated to two YES Prep libraries by Slalom employees.

“YES Prep started in Houston, so it was local and we really liked that. They had deep ties in the local community,” says Shoney Thomas, a consultant at Slalom. “Their mission of serving underprivileged youth and their whole goal is to get them to college, that hit home with a lot of people within Slalom.”

The YES Prep partnership was part of an initiative called Adopt-an-Org program, which was launched in 2015 to align with the firm’s core values and bring to life that mission to help others reach for and realize their vision, says John Tobin North America President and Co-Founder of Slalom.

“The Adopt-an-Org program allows us more focus to take a local nonprofit under our wing for a year to develop strong relationships and create a broad set of initiatives customized to engage our employees and provide meaningful impact,” Tobin says.

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