As a new school year commenced, BBBSCI’s Workplace Mentoring Program began its second year.
This program allows BBBSCI to partner with local businesses. Middle school students from partner schools travel to the business partners’ offices to meet with mentors bi-weekly on early out Wednesdays during the school year. Last year’s Workplace Partners: March/Mercer, NCMIC Group, Inc. and Wells Fargo are continuing their second year. We are so excited to welcome new Workplace Mentoring Partner, Voya Financial, as they begin their first year in the program.
Youth get exposure to a professional work environment while working on college and career exploration, skill development, and building their relationship with their Big all while getting to know each other and having fun. This program encourages youth to envision the possibilities for their future while mentors provide guidance, friendship, and support through those sometimes challenging transition years of middle school. Workplace Mentoring is facilitated by Kayli David, School-Based Program Manager; Silas Jensen, School-Based Mentoring Coordinator; Chad Randleman, School-Based Mentoring Coordinator; and Tony Leo, Program Manager.
“Workplace Mentoring is an exciting opportunity for both youth and volunteers alike. It’s important for youth to start thinking about their future early on, and this program gives them a chance to start working on skills that will prepare them for life after high school, whether they decide to go to college, get a job or join the military. And by bringing youth to their business, it allows volunteers to give back to their community by mentoring a young person without having to leave their workplace,” explained Leo.
For the 2017/2018 school year, the following local businesses are partnering with local middle schools for Workplace Mentoring:
-Callanan Middle School and Voya Financial
-Harding Middle School and NCMIC Group, Inc.
-Hiatt and Hoyt Middle Schools and Marsh/Mercer
-Merrill Middle School and Wells Fargo
This program is made possible through funding from Marsh/Mercer; NCMIC Group, Inc.; Voya Financial; Wells Fargo and Prairie Meadows.
Is your business interested in getting involved and making a difference in youth’s lives in Central Iowa? Please contact Tony Leo, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Check out these photos of Workplace Mentoring matches from Marsh/Mercer!