ETA’s workforce development program bridges the gap between young people who need coaching and guidance to reach their career potential, and experienced people in their community who can provide that support. ETA’s volunteers draw on their decades of professional and personal experience to present sessions on topics like:
planning and goal-setting
verbal and nonverbal communication, both virtually and in-person
We build the schedule of these short-term programs around the school or teen group we’re working with. Usually volunteers and students meet for 45-60 minutes, once per week, for 3-4 weeks. Interested volunteers can fill out a volunteer application and join ETA’s Workforce Development team to hear announcements of upcoming projects and sign up as available.
A few of our projects: Our volunteers have taught and coached young people in Montgomery County Recreation’s Teenworks program, a competitive volunteer and employment program for youth age 15-24 who have never been employed. Teenworks aims to provide young people with not just a job, but a meaningful experience and a path to careers in the nonprofit or public sector. Volunteers have also worked with student participants in Don Bosco Cristo Rey’s high school work study program, which prepares dedicated students for college and careers while fulfilling real work responsibilities.