The Career Pathways program identifies struggling high school students in Anderson County and matches them with office jobs at local nonprofit agencies. There, the students spend a semester learning practical job skills, discipline, and responsibility. Each student is also matched with a mentor who offers guidance, support, or simply a listening ear. For many students, the program provides direction they never had before. Here’s Sky’s story:
When Sky was accepted into Career Pathways she didn’t have much focus. Teachers and administrators were worried she wouldn’t graduate but more concerned she wouldn’t do anything after. Her interests were low and she didn’t have much of a vision for her life. She was placed working at the Children’s Museum and assigned a mentor who helped her along the way. What Sky found during her 16 weeks there was a love of teaching children – she now has a passion and a vision for her life and is planning to start classes this fall to become a teacher. The Children’s Museum loved her so much they hired her directly for the summer!
Interested in becoming a mentor or supporting a Career Pathways student? Email Naomi at firstname.lastname@example.org today!