As champions of progress in the cities where we live and work, Citi is helping provide solutions to some of the world's toughest challenges. One of our greatest assets is our people. Mobilizing our human capital is central to our goals of creating shared value and supporting communities where individuals and families can thrive.
Citi employees worldwide use their professional skills, expertise and time by volunteering directly with community partners to promote progress. Citi Volunteers collaborates with employees and employee networks to support a range of volunteer opportunities, from traditional hands-on activities to skills-based volunteering that harnesses the enthusiasm and expertise of Citi's employees. The Citi Volunteers team provides the tools needed to boost existing service projects and also empowers and connects employees with meaningful volunteer opportunities, which often are with Citi Foundation grantees.
Citi employees volunteer year-round, and the establishment of Global Community Day in 2006 has provided an annual opportunity for tens of thousands of Citi employees, along with their families and friends, to come together as a global volunteer team to use their time, skills and expertise to make a difference in their cities. The annual activities focus on a range of local needs - from urban revitalization to environmental conservation to literacy and education. Global Community Day is one of the many ways Citi shows its commitment to the communities where we have a presence.
To date, Citi employees, family and friends have donated more than 3.6 million service hours since the inception of Global Community Day in 2006.
Citi volunteer, Susann at an iMentor event with her mentee, Daylin
Pathways to Progress is Citi and the Citi Foundation's response to the persistent issue of youth unemployment globally. Led by the philanthropic efforts of the Citi Foundation, and strengthened by the active involvement of dedicated Citi volunteers, the Pathways to Progress initiative supports programs that help young people, ages 16-24, build an entrepreneurial mindset, acquire leadership, financial and workplace skills, and begin to engage in the formal economy through a first job.
In February 2017, the Citi Foundation announced it would expand its commitment to empowering urban youth with an additional $100 million investment to impact the lives of 500,000 youth in cities around the world by 2020. To support these efforts, Citi is mobilizing 10,000 Citi volunteers to serve as mentors, coaches, and provide professional advice to help young people move towards their career goals.
During a Citi Skills Marathon, Citi volunteers work with leaders of a non-profit organization to tackle a business need
The Citi Skills Marathon enables Citi employees to use their professional skills to address critical organizational needs of our nonprofit partners. A done-in-a-day pro bono model developed in collaboration between Citi Volunteers and the Taproot Foundation with support from the Citi Foundation, the Citi Skills Marathon pairs Citi employees with organizations who need to optimize their daily operations and leads to immediate useful results. Skills-based volunteering activities, such as the Citi Skills Marathon, is one way Citi employees help organizations deepen their impact in communities. To date, more than 600 Citi employees have provided nearly 5,000 hours of pro bono service to over 300 nonprofit partners in more than 10 cities around the world.