Expanding student learning and career training opportunities aligned to area workforce needs requires a collaborative approach between schools and the community. Working in partnership with area higher education institutions, businesses, community organizations, and others, the Consortium will:
Provide students with internships and mentorship experiences;
Offer teacher externships to bring real-world skills and learning to the classroom; and
Encourage area business and community leaders, and other skilled community members to share their time, talents, and skills with students and educators.
Educators and employers recognize that classroom experience provides only part of the knowledge and skill development students need for success in college, career, and in life. The Consortium is dedicated to helping students and employers connect student achievement and workforce development through internships, mentorships, job shadowing, and other career-training opportunities.
If you're an area business or organization interested in partnering with the Consortium, or if you're a community member who has a special skill or trade that you'd be willing to share with our students or teachers, we would welcome your support.
Assurant, Clark County Humane Society, Konecranes, McGregor Metalworking Companies, Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital, Springfield City School District, and the Springfield Regional Medical Center…and we’re always adding more!
Mentors have the ability to authentically connect with youth, nudging them to use tools to express themselves in deeper ways. To be effective, mentors need to possess more than an interesting creative practice, knowledge of relevant tools, and a youthful perspective—they must have talent combined with the ability to contribute to a caring, supportive environment for youth in their library, museum, or community center.
The typical mentor at a YOUmedia Learning Lab has an active creative practice. These mentor/artists include video producers, rappers, poets, fashion designers, illustrators, and more, and often they are relatively near in age or spirit to the youth they serve.
YOUmedia mentors are the ones who are on the front lines of youth support and services. They guide youth directly by teaching a skill set (e.g., how to use Photoshop, developing a project, designing a poster) or working collaboratively and providing an opportunity for youth to connect to and collaborate with peers. YOUmedia utilizes the Connected Mentor Framework as the basis for our program.
Mentors help guide youth as they identify and share their interests, and connect those interests to larger opportunities and pathways (job and educational opportunities). Most importantly, mentors listen and acknowledge youth interests, opinions, and voices. Good mentors gain trust and create a supportive environment where youth are comfortable and can be enthusiastic about learning something new.
YOUmedia mentors must go through a 3-hour orientation, which are held monthly. Contact us for more information!
Information source: Educator Innovator