HP Germany legal pro bono program
Since the launch of this program in 2010, HP attorneys and other legal staff have led more than 27 training sessions and reached more than 300 students in grades five through 12, as well as 70 teachers and parents.
HP attorney Katrin Mondon, a charter member of the volunteer team, notes that the training is valuable for virtually everyone. "Most kids in Germany have one thing in common, no matter their age or race—they use the Internet," she says.
In 2009, the HP Legal organization set a goal for at least half of its U.S. employees to volunteer an average of 20 hours of pro bono work a year. When the program expanded to Europe in 2010, Katrin and her colleagues jumped in.
Initially the team in Germany had to reach out to schools to promote interest in the program. Today schools come to them. More and more teachers, administrators, and parent groups are contacting HP Legal to schedule training sessions. Because of the demand, the group is considering broadening the program by inviting colleagues from other functions such as IT, human resources, and marketing to participate.
Members of the HP Legal team are experiencing firsthand how their efforts are making a difference—for the students as well as themselves. "It's great to see the impact you've had on the kids," Katrin says. "Plus, it's fun. We learn as much from the kids as they learn from us."