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Announcing Uncubed & Mediabistro’s Social Impact Partner for Q1 2021: America Needs You


February 28, 2021 By Brian Shoicket


In June 2020, Uncubed and Mediabistro published our ongoing and continuously developing plan to have a larger positive impact on our team, communities, and clients – specifically through the lens of social justice and racial equity.

As one part of this plan, our entire team selects an organization every quarter that we believe is doing particularly valuable work, and we make a monetary donation as well as promote them, their work, and ways to donate or get involved to our communities.

For Q1 2021, we’re proud to announce that our team has selected America Needs You!

America Needs You (ANY) fights for economic mobility for first-generation college students by providing long-term mentorship and intensive career development. (The term “first-generation college students” refers to students who come from homes where no parent has earned a 4-year college degree.)

According to ANY’s research, 85% of first-generation college students are low-income, and only 11% of first-generation college students from
low-income backgrounds earn Bachelor’s degrees. Of the students accepted into America Needs You’s “Fellows Program,” 100% reside in low-income households and nearly 60% live below the poverty line (per ANY’s 2019 Annual Report).

As a result of America Needs You’s “Fellows Program” – which consists of intensive career development, one-on-one mentorship, professional networking, and holistic support:

  • ~90% of community-based Fellows complete career-trajectory internships,
  • 90% of community college students transfer to 4-year institutions,
  • 93% of Fellow Alumni graduate from 4-year institutions within 6 years of enrollment, and
  • 89% of Fellow Alumni secure full-time employment or enroll full-time in graduate school within 6 months of completing their degrees.

America Needs You was founded in 2009 in New York City and currently offers programs across the country in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and California.

You can join us in supporting America Needs You in any (or all) of the following ways:

  1. Make a donation.
  2. Attend an upcoming (virtual) event.
  3. Follow ANY on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and/or LinkedIn.
  4. Volunteer as a Mentor Coach or Career Coach.

To learn more about America Needs You, their initiatives, and how you can help them make an impact, visit americaneedsyou.org.

Thanks for your support this quarter 🙏


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