Job Shadows Give Teens Incentive to Graduate

 
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Step It Up Inc. is currently in a period of transition and closing this project for the time being.

At this time the organization has scaled back in order to look forward and become a more effective model. At this time this project will not be accepting donations. We will let you know when we are back up and running. We thank everyone for the past support and hope that we are able to garner the same support in the future. 

Our goal is to have a functional program model up and running by January 2014. At that time we hope to be back on GlobalGiving.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

For the past ten years Step It Up, Inc. has worked to enrich the lives of youth in the Portland Metro area. It started with a vision and a passion to make a difference and fill a need missing for youth in our community. Former Executive Director and founder Linda McNeill responded to the need to prepare youth for the workforce and provide them internship opportunities and worked tirelessly to fulfill these needs. In large part the efforts of Linda and Step It Up were a great success as the lives of numerous youth have been touched and transformed.

Students searching for support in their desire to do more with their lives than they thought possible came to Step It Up and got assistance to  help them get jobs and enroll in college. We have seen first in their family high school graduates, first in their family college attendees, and new dreams and passions arise in the students we have worked with. A current student stated recently that “for the first time I am thinking about life after high school” – her first step to success. The outcomes of our youth are impressive:

  • 100% graduate high school
  • 100% attend college
  • 35% are hired by their internship site

The needs of our youth have not changed much over the last ten years; students still do not receive all the training and encouragement they need from our schools or even at home. We can’t expect them to either. Students need to find encouragement from a diverse variety of sources; sources as diverse and unique as they are themselves. It has always been SIU’s desire to match this need.

This is why it is with great sadness that we must announce the closure of Step It Up, Inc. For a variety of reasons, funding being the most predominant, we are not able to continue with our mission. While it is the end of the road for SIU it is just the beginning for those whose lives have been touched by the generous work of our staff and volunteers. As we close this door we are confident that many doors will open for all of you.

Thank you for playing such a significant part of our journey. Without your generous support, Step It Up could not have made the positive impact in the lives of our youth for which we are proud.

Sincerely,
SIU’s Board of Directors
Dean Fortin
Carol Tatch
Marilyn Crilley
Justin Dernison

Youth Experience Engineering Careers
Youth Experience Engineering Careers

Job shadows provide a very important experience for both the businesses and the youth involved. Thanks to your support last February, students from all over the Portland Metro Area were connected to essential exploration and learning.

Some learned about jobs: "I didn’t even think that a bank would need a marketing team, besides just tellers and accountants."

Others learned more about the business and their practices and culture: "They really want to know about what’s going on and who their clients are. They try to develop good relationships. That’s how they set themselves apart."

And all of them were able to experience a job they were interested in thanks for your support!

As we enter into the last couple of weeks of 2012, we are looking to 2013 to plan for next year's Job Shadow Event. It will take place in March 2013, and we hope to have your support as we look to increase the number of youth we reach.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Teens at job shadow with employee
Teens at job shadow with employee

Last year was the first annual Job Shadow hosted by Step It Up, Inc. and local businesses around Portland. Thanks to your support, young adults from all areas of the Portland Metro area gained valuable and essential experiences shadowing careers in business, marketing, engineering and more!

We would not have been able to do it without you, and judging from your feedback, you had a great time too!

  • "The youth were very engaged and really wanted to be here. I wasn't expecting them to be so professional." 2012 Job Shadow Host at Umpqua Bank
  • "We really enjoyed interacting with our three youth attendees and fielding their questions. Love the curiosity of their minds!" 2012 Job Shadow Host at Wieden+Kennedy

The experiences don't stop there though. 2013 is coming up fast and you have another opportunity to provide this wonderful opportunity for our teens. This is an experience they will never forget and in the words of one youth from 2012, "The best experience of my life"!

Job shadows help teens bridge the gap between school and career by allowing them to discover new career fields and business sites they have never heard of before or had only dreamed of visiting. Job Shadow participants learn about new career fields, businesses and real jobs as well as how to relate to people in the professional workplace. This type of personal link also helps teens to understand that family-wage careers are within their reach if they are willing to apply themselves at school and succeed in college.

Thank you again for your contributions; without your support, these teens would not have this valuable opportunity!

Cheryl McLeod, Operation Manager

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Hello Job Shadow Supporters,

Thank you for supporting SIU teens in 2012 as Job Shadow Sponsors, Hosts and Donors! For our sponsors/hosts, the teens who job shadowed at your business site loved meeting you and hearing what you do at work. You made the world of work real through an interesting learning experience! For our donors, the teens appreciate the opportunity you provided for them to participate in the Job Shadow event.

Job shadows help teens bridge the gap between school and career by allowing them to discover new career fields and business sites they have never heard of before or had only dreamed of visiting. Two of our 2012 Job Shadow participants were fortunate enough to be selected for a Job Shadow at the Nike Campus in Beaverton, OR. They were very excited to spend the morning with their job shadow sponsors and learn about the jobs they have at Nike. These jobs became a reality for the teens who had only read about worldwide marketing and distribution methods online before. This was an experience they will never forget and in the words of one youth, "The best experience of my life"!

Job Shadow participants learn about new career fields, businesses and real jobs as well as how to relate to people in the professional workplace. This type of personal link also helps teens to understand that family-wage careers are within their reach if they are willing to apply themselves at school and succeed in college.

Step It Up, Inc. is gearing up to bring our successful Job Shadow event to 50 teens in 2013. The 2012 Job Shadow was so beneficial for 25 teens, we are recruiting business partners and supporters now to make this event even more successful in 2013. The cost for each teen to complete a one-day workplace preparedness workshop, attend a 3-hour job shadow and attend the closing event celebration is $100/youth. This brings our budget for 2013 to $5,000 with the business partners paying for half of this cost. We are depending on your support to help us raise the other $2,500 before the end of 2012. Please join SIU in this successful effort!

Thank you again for supporting Job Shadows for teens.

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Justin Dernison

Job Shadow Chair
Portland, Oregon United States

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