SHRM-Atlanta Youth Programs
SHRM-Atlanta is dedicated to assuring strong and active relationships between our organization and the Atlanta community through partnership with key programs that share our vision to build a better Atlanta. We have selected five outstanding youth programs: Mayor’s Youth Program, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Dekalb County Youth Program, Year-Up and 21st Century Leaders. Our members volunteer their time as well as HR and Business expertise to provide workforce readiness training to youth as they matriculate through high school and make the transition into the workforce and/or secondary education. The students in these programs are truly a picture of the Greater Atlanta area; they are urban and rural, minority and majority, male and female.
Mayor’s Youth Program
||The Mayor's Youth Program is a program that will help students with hands-on assistance in planning for life after high school, whether college, technical school, the military or the workforce, we want to help them with their decisions. It’s an internship program that assists students in attaining job experience and income to assist with their college expenses. The City of Atlanta has reached out to business and community leaders to get the resources to help students reach their goals. Atlanta public school graduates are helped with tuition, laptops and other assistance through the Mayor's Youth Program. Services provided include job readiness training, academic enrichment, counseling, mentoring, work experience, and ACT/SAT/GED prep and basic academic skills training.
The workshops sponsored by SHRM Atlanta and facilitated by SHRM Atlanta Volunteers serve as prerequisites and requirements for students who are requesting summer internships. Students choose one Saturday morning to attend the workshops being held at Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. Each workshop is 50 minutes long covering the following topics: Time Management, Workforce Readiness, Mock-Interviews, Communications, Ethics, Car-Town, an interactive game to teach students the importance of ethics in everyday life experiences. We’ve had over 300 volunteers and we’ve assisted over 2500 students since 2005.
SHRM-Atlanta Chair contact information: Charlean Parks (Charleanp@bellsouth.net) and Jeanette Matern (email@example.com)
Junior Achievement of Georgia
||Junior Achievement of Georgia brings the real world to over 100,000 students each year, opening their minds to their full potential by bridging the business and education communities. The hallmark of Junior Achievement is its unique use of local business and community volunteers who come into the K-12 classroom to deliver Junior Achievement programs in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking, and global workforce readiness. The dynamic interaction between students and volunteers with practical business experience promotes active learning and brings theory to life, while also allowing students to see a real-world model of someone who can demonstrate the value of business on a first-hand basis.
SHRM-Atlanta has partnered with Junior Achievement to volunteer to teach workforce readiness courses at 8 local High Schools. The courses are 8 weeks long and we currently have 18 volunteers that teach at 8 high schools in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties. The Junior Achievement volunteer dates for 2011 began in January and will run through April then start again in August and run through November. We currently have 18 volunteers teaching over 400 students this Spring.
Volunteer engagement dates: January – April and August – November
SHRM-Atlanta Chair contact information: Argentina Murphy, PHR (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships.
SHRM-Atlanta is partnering with Year Up to help identify suitable mentors for their students. SHRM-Atlanta is also providing and facilitating training in the areas of Communication, Time Management, Workforce Readiness, Ethics and Interviewing Skills.
SHRM-Atlanta Chair contact information: Karla Caldwell (email@example.com)
21st Century Leaders
||21st Century Leaders Fall Youth Rally Day!! Volunteers Needed!!
SHRM Atlanta is supporting 21st Century and their youth program! “Act Like a Leader”. There will be approximately 150 students attending, so if you’d like to get involved, please respond to the questions below.
What is 21st Century Leaders and what do they do?
21st Century Leaders is a leadership development program for high school students in the state of Georgia. 21st Century Leaders, operated under the charter of Georgia Business Forum, Inc., is a non-profit organization that collaborates with business and education leaders to develop, inspire and nurture students with leadership potential to make a positive impact on their schools, communities and future places of work.
The program begins in the summer of sophomore year and continues during high school. 21st Century Leaders hail from over 130 high schools across the state of Georgia. They are truly a picture of Georgia; they are urban and rural, minority and majority, male and female. They come from differing economic circumstances and family backgrounds.
Since 1991, over 10,000 students have participated in 21st Century Leaders; 97% enter college and 72% report taking on formal leadership roles in their colleges and communities after high school. These students lead community service projects, take on high profile summer internships, and are hired as summer program leaders. Our students lead faith-based groups and mentor younger students; they are truly making a difference in their communities!
SHRM-Atlanta Chair contact information: Nicole Wise (NVWise@cat-iso.com)
||SHRM-Atlanta is embarking in a volunteer relationship with Culture Connect; a non-profit organization with a mission is to develop cultural fluency between immigrants and the greater community. One of Culture Connect's programs focuses on making this immigrant population, whom they refer to as “Go-Betweeners" since they go between their home culture and American culture, successful and contributing members of our society. Currently Culture Connect has a very long waiting list of youth in need of suitable mentors to help.
SHRM-Atlanta volunteers are matched with (youth, usually middle-school aged) mentees. Each volunteer would go through a thorough application process that includes a criminal background check and personal interview with Culture Connect to ensure a fit for the youth need.
Culture Connect matches 1st or 2nd generation school-aged youth with mentors who:
- Speak the same home language
- Share a similar culture
- Share the Go-Betweener® experience
Time commitment: A half day mentor orientation and training class is scheduled after the interview and selection process. Volunteers are asked to commit to a youth for one year (12 months) - which is usually four hours per month on a mutually agreed schedule with the mentee.
Mentors also attend quarterly workshops to enhance and build mentoring skills in the following areas:
- Develop self-esteem and goal-setting skills
- Encourage pride in one's home culture along with comfort in American culture
- Navigate successfully between the two cultures
In addition to this, SHRM-Atlanta may also host a volunteer meeting or networking, which you may wish to attend. If you are interested in pursuing this volunteer opportunity please complete this short survey. This helps us make the right fit for you.
SHRM-Atlanta Chair contact information: Polina Zlatev (firstname.lastname@example.org)