Obtaining a college degree is a dream that is realized only by a few. Data from the Department of Education shows that for every 100 students who enrol in Grade 1, only 14 will eventually graduate with a college degree. Among those who graduate, getting the right employment is still another hurdle. This is why Jollibee Foundation conceived of Project ACE (Improving Access, Curriculum, and Employability in Hotel and Restaurant Management Education), which combines scholarship support and in-store training in JFC stores for financially disadvantaged high school graduates.
Last May 30, the dream of a college degree became a reality for the first batch of Project ACE scholars. Jollibee Foundation held a simple graduation celebration for the thirty-nine (39) scholars and the program partners who helped them reach their goal. Present at the celebration were the Human Resources (HR) team of different SBUs, the JFC training stores, as well as the partner academic institutions who guided the scholars through college.
Jollibee Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong delivered the keynote speech, encouraging the scholars to strive even higher after graduation. She said, “No matter what kind of work you have landed on, it is what you have for that given time and space. Always give your very best with a heart of gratitude because there are many others who can’t find a job and would do anything to be in your place… I strongly believe that if we live with a heart of gratitude, everything just follows.”
For the first two years of their college life, the scholars underwent intensive practicum at Jollibee stores, where they learned discipline and adherence to standards and corporate values that could lead to excellent performance.From third to fourth year, the scholars gained new knowledge and a broader exposure to the food service industry as they went through in-store training at either Chowking, Greenwich or Red Ribbon stores.
The hard work and training has paid off. Armed with a college degree, the ACE scholars are now ready to join the workforce and become active members of society. In fact, twenty-one (21) ACE scholars have been hired as Management Trainees by various JFC brands.
Employee volunteers of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) enthusiastically joined the Department of Education’s Brigada Eskwela 2012. JFC business units (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Jollibee Worldwide Services and Zenith Foods Corporation) conducted Brigada Eskwela activities in different public schools in in Quezon City, Pasay, Muntinlupa, Caloocan, Laguna, Pampanga and Cebu last May 24 to May 31.
More than 500 JFC employee volunteers donated and lent their helping hands to wash and paint walls, tables and chairs; clean classrooms, blackboards, windows and hallways. Some volunteers also helped in refurbishing school facilities. JFC business units also donated paints, cleaning materials and school equipment like ceiling fans to their beneficiary schools.
Brigada Eskwela mobilizes parents, teachers, students, corporations, local government units and non-government organizations in repairing and beautifying public schools in time for the opening of classes this June.
In photo: Mr. Wency Gomez visits Jollibee Foundation’s exhibit booth during the ME Naman! Convention.
Jollibee Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), participated in the recently concluded “ME Naman! Pinoy MicroEntrepreneurs’ Convention.”
As part of its thrust to assist small farmers, Jollibee Foundation supports PinoyME’s endeavors to help Filipino Microentrepreneurs understand how their small businesses can aid them in uplifting their lives and eventually be a vital instrument to fight poverty in our country. These businesses can inspire other Filipinos to engage in micro enterprise as well.
Mr. Wency Gomez is a farmer from San Jose Nueva Ecija who is part of theFarmer Entrepreneurship Program of the Jollibee Foundation.“Madami akong natutunan sa convention na ito katulad ng paano ang tamang pagpapaunlad at pagdedevelop sa maliliit na negosyo katulad ng farming. (I learned so many things in this convention like how to properly cultivate and develop a small business like farming),” said Mr. Gomez about attending the ME Naman! Convention.
Please visit the Jollibee Foundation exhibit booth on July 20-21, 2011 at the SMX Convention Center as part of theCorporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Expo organized by the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF).
The exhibit is open to the public and is free of charge.
You can drop by anytime between 9am to 5pm on Wednesday or Thursday. See you there!
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The 2010 Jollibee Foundation Annual Report is now available for download! The report highlights the investments the Foundation makes in communities around the country to help in realizing a better life for all Filipinos today and in the future.
Jollibee Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong shares, “2010 marked the 6th year of operation of Jollibee Foundation. Our journey had its share of successes and challenges, and can be depicted as investing in community development. This means we help in addressing the immediate, as well as the underlying issues that cause social problems.”