The United Way of Greater Cincinnati was honored as the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation 2016 Career Prep Program of the Year.
The award was for Sarah Ghee’s work establishing the Speed Mentoring program for the Work Readiness Initiative, according to Susan McHugh, the initiative’s director.
Speed mentoring prepares children and young adults to succeed in school and life by preparing them for, or introducing them to, meaningful careers.
Speed mentoring is a series of short, focused conversations between volunteer mentors/professionals and high school students to discuss students’ career plans and how they will get there. Students rotate through tables of professionals in several fields to learn about their jobs, how to interview and other important life skills.
Seven speed mentoring events took place in five high schools last school year; this school year the program will be offered to additional schools, thanks to a state grant.