We empower local high school and college students to achieve their dreams. We do this through a workforce prep program that features local business professionals who volunteer as career mentors. Sessions are held at participating schools and start with a staff member who teaches the day’s lesson. Then career mentors participate with their students in pre-planned activities that are fun and reinforce the day’s lesson. Topics include life and job readiness skills, career exploration, goal setting, and strategic planning. Career mentors receive training and support before, during, and after every session. We are currently taking career mentor applications for the 2022-23 school year. Learn more!
Since 1994, we have awarded more than $1.9 million in scholarships to our students. As part of the annual selection process, local business professionals serve as essay reviewers or interview evaluators.
- Essay reviewing occurs February 16, 2022 and involves reading and evaluating 10-15 applicant essays for three hours at our office in Warren. Judges will be socially distant from each other. Click here to sign up.
- Interview evaluators participate in 5-15 online interviews of student applicants and provide their feedback to the selection team. Multiple interviews are grouped together for two to three hours on a set day in March or April, 2022. Click here to sign up.
Corks & Forks Wine Pourer
We often need help at our annual Corks & Forks gala. Volunteers assist guests in pouring and serving wine during the wine tasting reception. Our 2022 event will be held on March 12, 2022 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Volunteers will start at 5:00 p.m. and end at approximately 10:00 p.m. Click here to sign up.
As part of our Workforce Prep program, local business professionals oftentimes serve as career coaches at workshops. With training and support, coaches meet with students, in-person or online, and participate in fun activities that support job readiness and life skills development. Workshops are typically held for one hour on a specific day in February, March, or April. Fill out a General Interest Form if you’d like to be considered.