Get Connected

The United Way Get Connected program gives you and your employees an opportunity to mold the workforce of tomorrow. Through Get Connected, high school juniors and seniors enrolled in Career Tech programs visit your workplace, learn about careers that align with their interests, and build relationships with employees in your organization. An optional ongoing mentoring component includes continued communication between the student and the employee mentor they meet with during the event.


HOSTING A GET CONNECTED EVENT

Customizable format typically consists of a 2-2½ hour visit to your business or organization, including:

10-15 minute introduction to your business, focused on workforce needs and character traits of new hires
Inspirational story from business leader or employee
45-minute “hands-on” experience/tour (often done in subgroups based on company size and the variety of occupations the company wishes to highlight)
30-minute networking discussion (1-2 students matched with employee)
Closing presentation

Optional Activities:

Box lunch provided for students to eat on the bus
Company giveaway

A 1-hour training session will be conducted prior to the event for all participating employee mentors. Students are prepared and equipped for a meaningful experience.


ONGOING MENTORING COMPONENT

Get Connected mentoring is designed to fit within an employee’s work schedule and aligns with employers’ workforce development goals.

• Continued communication with students via email
• Follow-up group visit to students’ classroom
• Assist with arranging job shadowing opportunities
• Mentors advise/provide feedback on student class projects

Background checks are required for ongoing mentoring, and are provided free of charge.


STUDENT PREPARATION

Students have business cards and valid email addresses for networking
Students learn about networking and practice their skills prior to the event
Transportation provided
All parent/guardian permission slips handled
Get Connected liaison/UW staff helps customize the format based on company workforce needs and provides ongoing support
Customized Get Connected templates for volunteer recruitment and mentor matching
SurveyMonkey links and reporting for event assessment and impact
Identification of other potential opportunities to work with schools to meet company workforce needs


ONE EXPERIENCE GIVES A STUDENT HOPE
Get Connected provides area students with the hope and confidence they need to go after their dreams.

“I’m going to be the first person in my family to go to college and I’m proud to say that. I just have been having trouble on the process and this program has already benefited me and has boosted my motivation as well. I feel like I have a better chance at college and I just want to be the best I can be because a lot people look to me and expect a lot out of me and I do also. Again, thank you.” 2016 GlenOak graduate and current college student

The United Way Get Connected program is funded in part by a Community Connectors grant from the Ohio Department of Education. The goal of the Community Connectors program is to develop more youth mentoring relationships in Ohio that focus on 5 core principles:
Setting goals to be prepared for 21st Century
Building character
Developing pathways to achievement
Building a sense of resiliency
Believing in a positive future

Get Connected partners have included: • Aultman/Aultman College • Factory of Terror • Innis Maggiore Advertising • Diebold-Nixdorf • Williams Companies, Inc. • TechniBus • Stark State University • TimkenSteel Wellsite Training Center • The Karcher Group • Communication Exhibits, Inc.

“I wanted to say thank you for taking time out of your day to talk to me and Jackie about Williams Company and the welding part, but mostly thank you for just talking to us about integrity. Sometimes I fall short on it cause things get too hard, but I need integrity to be a good welder, a good football player and a better person. I think the
Williams Company is an awesome company and I would love to eventually work for you guys maybe sometime in the future.”
McKinley High School student

“I just want to inform you on how much fun I had talking to you and learning things from you. I thank you for the advice you gave me. I would love to hear from you more often, thank you for the great opportunity again." McKinley High School student

For more information about Get Connected, email Laurie Moline at laurie.moline@uwstark.org