Earlier this fall, about two dozen of General Assembly’s New York employees stepped away from their desks to visit two schools in the Bronx. Most of the group got their hands dirty by gardening, painting a mural, and setting up a new greenhouse at P.S. 30 Wilton School, while the rest helped students at P.S. 171 Patrick Henry pitch business ideas.
They joined more than 250 volunteers across the country — including GA employees in San Francisco — in donating more than 1,000 hours of service in one day as part of Tech Gives Back. The annual service event brings together tech companies across the country to provide much-needed help to local organizations.
“Our volunteer experience was the culmination of all things that make me happy: giving back, strategic thinking, organic farming, and education,” said Zoe Babian, an operations manager on the Online Consumer Education team who volunteered at P.S. 30. Babian said she enjoyed stepping away from her desk to put her strategic thinking and problem-solving skills to use for a local school. “Our team worked together to support a school that is in the poorest congressional district in the United States.”
Online Education Lead Adi Hanash echoed Babian’s sentiment. “Volunteering is such a great way to get out of your comfort zone — we literally moved a pile of bricks,” he said. “Looking at the area we cleared and knowing that the school was going to use it to build more raised garden beds made the experience worth it.”
As part of GA’s commitment to enable affordable and accessible education, we believe it’s important to volunteer our time to schools and local nonprofits that are giving people the skills, supportive environment, and resources they need to pursue their career goals.
At P.S. 171, Senior Instructional Designer Monica Singh and Talent Acquisition Specialist David Daniels coached fourth-grade students in coming up with a business idea and analyzing its financial and marketing implications.
“It was great to talk about the concept of entrepreneurship with children who otherwise wouldn’t have those conversations as part of their regular curriculum,” Daniels said. “We’re really planting the seeds that will help us close the accessibility gap.”