PwC Commits $320 Million to Help Improve Technology and Financial Capability

New York-based PwC (FY16 gross revenue of $14.3 billion) launched Access Your Potential, a five-year, $320 million commitment that will focus on providing tools, training and mentoring to students, educators and guidance counselors across the U.S. with the goal of closing the opportunity, education and skills gaps.

“Too many young people are being left behind by our country’s growing education gap,” says Tim Ryan, U.S. chairman and senior partner. “At PwC, we believe that every student’s potential should be realized, regardless of their circumstances. That is why we are investing in helping young people achieve their potential by improving their financial capability and opening their eyes to tech-enabled careers.”

PwC aims to help more than 10 million students in underserved communities gain access to financial capability and technology skills curricula as well as equip 100,000 teachers and guidance counselors with tools to prepare and guide students in making sound financial choices and understanding tech-based careers.

“For us, helping young people learn these essential life skills is a responsibility, a privilege and a passion,” says Shannon Schuyler, corporate responsibility leader. “Creating an equitable society must be a priority and Access Your Potential is one of the ways that we can begin to address this formidable challenge.”