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.

Fall 2020 Program Timeline

The dates and times will be determined in early summer 2020. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jordan Hallow using the contact information at the bottom of the page. We look forward to working with you!

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