The ENVISION Career Exploration program just celebrated its Spring 2014 graduation! We were so proud of the many highlights came out of this cycle, including college admittance, group projects, site visits, and Career Night.
The spring cycle always brings a lot of joy when it comes to college acceptance! Three of our ENVISION participants will be attending a university this fall. From their list of choices, Maria will be attending San Francisco State University, Eyra will be attending University of California, Santa Cruz, and Alice will be attending the University of San Francisco. We are looking forward to hearing more great news next spring, as many of our participants will begin their last year of high school this fall.
A key component of our ENVISION program is career and college readiness, so we do a lot of group work to help them gain experience in working with others. This cycle, participants were divided into four teams, with each team having a special project to present to the large group. The teams got to choose their subjects within the scope of the program – career exploration and college readiness. The projects included information on A-G requirements for attending both a California State University or a University of California, tips on what to look for in a university, financial aid information, and using social media platforms professionally.
We also went on a number job site visits this cycle, including trips to Salesforce and Cisco, where they girls learned from women about cloud computing and working in tech, followed by a tour of the facilities where girls were amazed by the company’s innovative office culture.
Lastly, the ENVISION program participated in our triannual Career Night which featured a group of local women from a variety of local companies including Square, Facebook, Ebay, Sephora, and Farmgirl Flowers. These women shared the various twists and turns that shaped their career, helping girls see that they shouldn't feel too much pressure to know "what they want to be" right now. After the event, panelists shared that they gained a new appreciation for their own career choices by seeing them through the eyes of the girls.
We are so grateful to all of our donors that help us provide our ENVISION program and we are looking forward to our Summer ENVISION program!
The ENVISION College & Career program is just returning from a visit to Salesforce.com!
Salesforce hosted Oasis' ENVISION College & Career program in August 2013 for a visit to their San Francisco offices to teach our girls about cloud computing as well as, exciting jobs available for women in technology!
The visit began with an introduction to the Salesforce platform, teaching girls about Salesforce's role in developing the innovative arena of cloud computing. Then, girls went on a Scavenger Hunt around the Salesforce offices in teams, competing to follow the clues and answer questions to learn about various departments at Salesforce. It was a great way to explore the beautiful Salesforce offices and girls were amazed by cubicle mazes, office technology, healthy kitchens, game rooms, and fun office culture including a life size Bozo the Clown!
Then, girls participated in speed mentoring sessions, meeting with women working in different areas at Salesforce including user experience, marketing, sales, programming, data analytics, and the foundation! Salesforce women shared their stories with the girls including their educational paths, work experience, and how they got to Salesforce. These stories inspired Oasis girls- opening their eyes to new possibilities in the tech sector for women!
The day concluded with girls sharing their learnings from the day including a quote from participant Miriam, "Going to Salesforce showed me that there are women who look just like me working in computer programming. I feel more comfortable choosing Computer Science as my major now!".
We are planning our next job site visit to Pearl.com- stay tuned for an update!
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