We honor the power of this generation to take a stand on the issues they believe in. AEO inspires today’s youth through a variety of programs and partnerships that make a difference in their lives and in their communities.

Rock the Vote

We want to empower the next generation of voters to voice their opinions and shape their future. To underscore our commitment, we partner with Rock the Vote to help engage and mobilize our customers to be active citizens and take political action.

#GiveBackPack

We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to live out their professional and personal dreams. We support programs that equip youth with the tools and skills to pursue higher education, gain employment, and provide for themselves and their families in the future.

In 2015, we partnered with STATE Bags and Teach For America to help kids in need get their school year off to a strong start. Together we donated school supplies and volunteered to distribute new backpacks stocked with school supplies to students served by Teach For America, Teach For Canada, and Teach For Mexico.

Pittsburgh Promise

The Pittsburgh Promise gives up to $30,000 in post- secondary education scholarships to any student who graduates from a Pittsburgh Public School with a minimum 2.5 GPA and a 90% attendance rate. Each year, AEO provides scholarships to five Promise Scholars and actively recruits Promise graduates for open positions.

“I am deeply grateful for American Eagle Outfitters’ incredible investment in The Pittsburgh Promise’s work. They are helping to fuel educational reform and enabling thousands of young people to realize their dreams of a college education. This will not only improve the quality of life in the region, but will also develop a highly qualified workforce that will meet the needs of local employers now and in the future.”

– Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director, The Pittsburgh Promise

Feeding America

In the U.S. alone, more than 2 million youth experience homelessness each year, and 57% of them are without food at least one day every month. It’s important that we help youth meet their basic needs, which is why we’ve partnered with Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.

In 2016, we donated one meal for every holiday gift box sold in stores and on Thanksgiving Day, we donated one meal for every online transaction made. In total, we provided a total of 1.375 million meals to people in need.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Having a caring role model can help kids navigate through life’s tough times. We believe in Big Brothers Big Sisters and have partnered with them since 2005 to positively impact kids’ lives and empower them to realize their potential.

Associates in our New York and Pittsburgh offices enjoy serving as Big Brothers and Big Sisters through our Workplace Mentoring Program. They are matched with middle school and high school students (Littles) and stay with them until they graduate. During the school year, they meet regularly to work through anything from resume writing, college preparation, public speaking, and social issues, to finance and budgeting.

Better Make Room

We celebrate learning and want to inspire teens to reach beyond high school. That’s why we’ve partnered with Better Make Room, a student-facing public awareness campaign to support Reach Higher, an initiative that is focused on college affordability, exposing students to college, academic planning, and supporting school counselors.