Partners in Servant Leadership at PNW

The “Partners in Servant Leadership” program established by Purdue Northwest and Junior Achievement of Chicago-NWI is a collaborative service learning project that pairs graduating seniors from the PNW College of Business with volunteer industry mentors from the NWI business community to teach K-12 students about career readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.

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The “Partners in Servant Leadership” program established by Purdue Northwest and Junior Achievement of Chicago-NWI is a…

  • Collaborative service learning project that pairs graduating seniors from the PNW College of Business with volunteer industry mentors from the NWI business community to teach K-12 students about career readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship
  • Community engagement and CSR opportunity for your company to promote its mission & brand
  • Powerful mentoring opportunity to inspire K-12 and college students to become the next generation of NWI business leaders

About the Program

The Partners in Servant Leadership (PSL) program is a collaborative service-learning initiative at Purdue Northwest that brings together higher education, K-12, the non-profit sector, and the business community of northwest Indiana. The program is a capstone service-learning and leadership project in the fourth-year seminar of the College of Business’s COB Experience curriculum that pairs COB students with industry mentors to teach K-12 students in Lake and Porter counties about career readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship through Junior Achievement of Chicago-NWI’s award-winning educational program.

  • Volunteer industry mentors should anticipate setting aside at least 10-12 hours for the project
  • Each volunteer industry mentor will work with two graduating students
  • Junior Achievement will provide all materials to students and industry mentors during a one-time orientation session to be determined at a later date
  • Requirements for the program are as follows:
    1. At least one meeting with your students at the beginning of the semester (outside of orientation)
    2. Four to five hours (half-day) for teaching with your students at one of the local schools
    3. A wrap-up luncheon where students present on their experience while having a catered meal

Program Impact & Recognition

Annually, the program connects 300 PNW senior business majors with industry mentors to impact nearly 4,000 (or 150 classrooms) K-12 students in Lake and Porter counties. The PSL program has already won numerous awards and recognition in its inaugural year, including:

  • Winner, AACSB “Innovations that Inspire” (2018)
  • Winner, Career Development Professionals of Indiana “Innovation Award” (2018)
  • 1st place, Mid-American Business Deans Association “Innovations in Business Education” (2017)
  • Junior Achievement’s “University Champion” award (2017)

“Being a graduate of PNW, a JA Volunteer, and a local professional there is no better means of giving back than providing mentorship in the classrooms through JA Programs. It’s a Win-Win for all involved, and I am not sure who learns more – the high school students, the PNW student, or the professional mentor.”
– Industry Mentor

“This challenged me to learn new concepts and to apply them so that I could understand how to foster another person’s potential that I see within them.”
– PNW student

“Volunteering in the program puts you back in touch with students who, as proven through JA, need this valuable knowledge for future.”
– Industry Mentor

Getting Involved

Each year, the College of Business and Junior Achievement work with a small group of core industry partners to recruit enough mentors from the business community to work with our college students. Junior Achievement coordinates the classroom visits with the area K-12 schools; PNW provides the college student volunteers; and the NWI business community supplies the adult mentors for the program. Current and past corporate partners include:

  • ArcelorMittal
  • Centier Bank
  • First Financial Bank
  • Caesar’s Entertainment – Horseshoe Casino
  • Holladay Properties
  • First Savings Bank of Hegewisch
  • Northshore Health

Our corporate partners provide support for the program primarily by recruiting volunteers from their organizations, and providing financial sponsorship through donations to PNW and/or Junior Achievement.

To join our list of partner organizations, please contact Jordan Hallow

Jordan Hallow

Jordan Hallow

Career Consultant


hallow@pnw.edu

(219) 989-2784

Career Consultant
Email: hallow@pnw.edu
Phone: (219) 989-2784