Washington, DC - The global law firm Jones Day has announced that its London Office has selected City Year, a leading London-based youth and education charity that focuses on educational under-attainment and youth unemployment, as its 2013 charity of the year.
Seb Orton, Jones Day's pro bono partner in London, said: "Jones Day values all the pro bono initiatives of its lawyers and staff and welcomes the opportunity that their efforts will provide to give disadvantaged but talented young people employment chances. We very much look forward to working with, and learning from, City Year and its corps members."
City Year recruits talented and passionate young people, ages 18 to 25, who volunteer full- time for one year in inner-city schools in areas including Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets, and Tottenham. More than 100 volunteers, known as corps members, serve in the schools, acting as tutors, mentors, and role models. Corps members provide breakfast, deliver classroom support, provide one-to-one tutoring, and engage in after-school activities. They also work to transform playgrounds, parks, and community facilities. Corp members benefit from the one year commitment by gaining life skills and social experiences, as well as enhanced employability and professional skills through weekly leadership development training delivered in collaboration with City Year's corporate partners.
Throughout the year, Jones Day London will be actively involved in supporting City Year's objectives by donating time, offering practical assistance, and undertaking fundraising activities. The office also has scheduled its second 'Jones Day of Service' for the summer of 2013 to benefit City Year and is finalising other plans to assist the charity. In addition, the office has invited City Year corps members to visit the Firm to gain work experience.
Each year, lawyers and staff in Jones Day's London Office vote to support one charity from a short list of charities that are nominated by the London pro bono partner and others within the office. Jones Day London supported Kids Company in 2012, Barnardos in 2011, and The Stroke Association in 2010. Jones Day London also sponsors, and its interested lawyers participate in, a regular legal advice clinic at Waterloo.
About Jones Day:
Jones Day is a global law firm practicing in the major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Ranked among the world's best and most integrated law firms, and perennially ranked among the best in client service, Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, more than half of the Fortune Global 500 companies. More information about the Firm's commitment to pro bono activities, including an annual pro bono report, may be found at www.jonesdayprobono.com.
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