Partners in Education 2019

Partners in Education 2019


My earliest experience with Partners in
Education was receiving a free computer from them when I was in elementary. I
remember we were so excited I’ve never had a computer, so to us it was a
necessity but also it was more of a privilege as well, and that was very fun to
us is something new, something we never had, and I actually didn’t know it was
through Partners in Education until a couple of months ago, so that was my first
experience with them.
Computers for families is preparing students for what’s next,
whatever what’s next is. Not only are we providing computers and connectivity for
students and their families but we’re providing students with vital education
around computer skills, whether that’s cyber security and privacy, cyber
bullying or even cyber etiquette. Things that are relevant today and long
into their futures. There are careers out there have even been thought of yet, so the more students can be exposed to all the different options out there, I think is a key because then they get a taste of everything and they realize there’s a lot of
different ways to make your way through the world. I volunteer for career days
because I hope to plant a seed in the minds of young people of possibilities for their futures.
The biggest thing that
has helped me to make a, to understand that difference that I’m making is when
I have read the thank-you letters from students letting me know that by hearing
my story they were inspired, that they didn’t feel that they were alone anymore,
because they said your story really inspired me to want to be better and wanna really try hard. My favorite part about volunteering for
Partners in Education is the feeling that I get when I share my
failures and successes with the youth. I’ve been volunteering around town for about little over 10 years now and I meet people that I taught in when they’re in elementary
school and in high school and I meet them in professional settings down the
line and they still remember the stuff that I
taught them, and so you know seeing, being able to see people grow just strictly
through volunteering around town I think it’s one of the greatest paybacks.
What partners done does through career days the kids get a chance to see all these
different careers, industries.
I love math and I thought it was going to be a math
teacher, until I reached junior high and I got to experience my first career day
with Partners in Education. I would love to remember all the booths, but I
can’t because I stayed at one specific one that caught my attention, and I
stayed with a whole event, and it was the construction one. After this career day
with Partners in Education I was motivated to take woodshop. The path that Melissa started down was perhaps sparked by her career day experience means a lot and it’s it closes the loop and
gives us some real positive feedback that that spark can you know lead to
other things and to have her end up and come to D.D. Ford as an intern after
that, it’s just been incredible. My internship with D.D. Ford confirmed
this is what I wanted to pursue for my career and being able to see it
personally and just every single section of it not just the woodworking part not
just the project management, but also what runs the company. It’s more than
just a job, I got to experience them being a family.
One of the things I love
most about Partners in Education is watching students who may have started
with us through Computers for Families getting a computer when they’re in third
or fourth grade, and then moving through the program maybe doing mock job
interviews or career days, or being an intern with one of our amazing intern
hosts and then watching them grow up and go to college and get a job and
sometimes get a job with one of those companies that hosted
them back in high school. The full continuum of services that we provide to
students that makes the difference in their lives and sends them on a career
trajectory that they may never have even imagined.

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