The Portland Workforce Alliance offers many ways for you to support the next generation and develop our future workforce. Together, we can engage all students to graduate and make informed, inspired career choices after high school or college.
Participate in the Expo
The annual NW Youth Careers Expo is held each spring at the Oregon Convention Center. This career-education event attracts more than 6,500 students from high schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We invite your company to be an exhibitor or a sponsor of this premier business/education partnership and help you develop the 'pipeline' of talent for your future workforce needs. Time commitment: 1 day.
Host a career day
PWA will help you to organize a career day that engages a group of students at your office or work site. Tours of offices and plants allow students to see and 'touch' the work in ways that are not possible in the classroom. They also allow employers to showcase the variety of jobs within their companies and the skills required to run a successful business. Time commitment: 2-6 hours
Give a classroom presentation
Talk with students about your job, the skills needed to be successful and your own career path. Many students are unaware of the vast array of job opportunities; classroom presentations help them to make better decisions about their future. Time commitment: 1 hour
Offer a job shadow
Give a student an inside look at your job and the work environment by allowing them to "shadow" you at your workplace. Time commitment: 2-4 hours.
Offer an internship or mentorship
Internships and mentorships help students understand the work environment and the importance of personal responsibility. They also help students observe how employees work in teams, solve problems and communicate with one another. Internships or mentorships can be paid or unpaid and vary in length from one month to several months.
Volunteer for mock interviews
Help students practice their interviewing skills before their first "real" job interview. These mock interviews also can be an opportunity to give students feedback on their resumes.
Become a donor or a sponsor
PWA has a small staff with low overhead. We rely heavily on our volunteers, donors and sponsors to support our year-round work with students. Consider making an individual donation today or becoming a sponsor of our annual NW Youth Careers Expo. Contact us to learn about other sponsorship opportunities.