This fall, a dozen Deutsche Bank employees volunteered at the Do Something New York City Boot Camp, an event that brings together a diverse group of young community leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs for a day of training and networking. The day is dedicated to providing each attendee with the tools and resources they need to make sustainable and impactful change in their communities. A key part of the agenda is Speed Pitching: attendees present the volunteer professionals with three-minute presentations about their ideas and conclude their pitches with an “ask” of some kind.
The volunteers give feedback that will help the young people craft successful pitches, and also identify the best pitchers, who then receive grants. Regina Chien, a Deutsche Bank analyst, said she participated at the Boot Camp because she wanted an interactive volunteer experience, and thought it would be interesting to see what the youth in our community have in mind for social change. “Many of the ideas are centered around the arts, or were international in scope,” Ms. Chien said. “A lot of the young people had ideas that had already been implemented, and were at the event looking for ways to take their project to the next level and keep it sustainable.”
Do Something is one of the country’s largest organizations dedicated to mobilizing young people and creating a culture of volunteerism. Deutsche Bank’s partnership with Do Something began earlier this year, when CEO Nancy Lublin spoke at the 16th Annual Women on Wall Street conference. Do Something Boot Camps are free for all attendees; the organizations even provides travel stipends for eligible participants. Workshops offered include “Building a Website,” “Starting Your Own Non-Profit 101,” “Political Activism: How to get your local officials to listen,” as well as seminars managing relationships with individual donors and corporate sponsors. Over 170 young people participated in the latest Boot Camp, in addition to the more than 4,000 Live Stream viewers who were able to benefit from the workshops, despite being unable to attend.