In June 2019, 19 American Securities volunteers returned to Grace Institute to help with the professional development of unemployed and underemployed women.
We started the day with an icebreaker bingo game where Grace students found American Securities volunteers who matched various personality traits listed on their bingo cards. Later, we broke into small group sessions focused on cultivating your digital presence and network, time and stakeholder management, interview preparation, and negotiation. We also participated in a public speaking exercise, where everyone shared their story for one minute, and then talked about ways to build self-esteem, communicate naturally and effectively, and promote self-confidence in others. We finished the day by sharing our experiences with the broader group and discussing what both Grace participants and American Securities colleagues had learned.
Additionally, American Securities donated New York City MetroCards
to Grace students, providing an incoming student body of 30 women
with public transportation fare for the duration of their three-month
program. Finally, in October, the Firm sponsored an annual fundraiser,
Breakfast with Grace, to support Grace Institute’s programs.
Founded in 1897, over 100,000 women have come through Grace Institute’s doors. Today, Grace Institute serves as a leader in workforce development for women. It serves 300 women annually by developing advanced computer and professional skills to prepare students for administrative and customer support positions in industries such as banking, non-profit, health care, and hospitality.
Our Giving Back report debuted in 2011 as a testament to how those of us at American Securities, and our portfolio companies, live our value of Giving Back.