Dear PWA friends,
As we start a new school year, we’re heartened to see so many Portland-area employers rallying around their future workforce.
They’re volunteering to host Career Days. They’re pledging to join the next NW Youth Careers Expo. Their employees are offering to talk with high school students about their jobs and career paths.
These employers share our mission to educate students about career opportunities as part of a strategy to help all students graduate, continue their education and find meaningful careers. Their support – and your support – help make it possible for PWA to grow.
Here’s what we’re up to this month.
● We are deepening our year-round work with Portland Public Schools and the Parkrose School District, and we have started a new partnership with the North Clackamas School District.
● We are preparing for the 14th annual NW Youth Careers Expo on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, where we intend to welcome a record number of employers and postsecondary partners.
● We’re setting up Career Days and working on many other career-learning experiences that help students get inspired and prepared for life after graduation. (“It was honestly one of the most fun days I have ever had, and I learned a ton,” one Portland Public Schools student wrote to us about his summer job shadow at a local creative agency.)
To keep the momentum going, we need your continued support. Please consider ways to expand your involvement with PWA this year through volunteering, individual giving, employer participation or sponsorships. Let us know how we can help, and thank you again for being part of this critical work.
Kevin Jeans Gail
PWA Executive Director
New school year brings new energy: A message from our director