“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
That’s a tough question for some high school students. It’s especially difficult for students who would be the first in their families to go to college. They have ambition and talent. But, they don’t always have exposure to professional careers and workplaces from family and friends that could lead them to peak performance.
MVLA Scholars’ PEAK, Pathways, Exposure, Academic Connection and Knowledge, hopes to bridge this gap with visits to local companies, job shadowing and internships.
Earlier this month, 50 Mountain View High School AVID – high-potential students who would be the first in their family to attend college – freshmen and sophomores went to Adobe headquarters in San Jose. Dan Cohen, Adobe executive and MVLA Scholars board member, arranged the visit. Students toured the Adobe campus and attended a panel discussion between newly hired college graduates.
“We’re excited about PEAK and look forward to working with the district to provide meaningful experiences for AVID students” said Susie Mielke, MVLA Scholars board member.
Ninety freshmen and sophomore AVID students from Los Altos High School will go to LinkedIn’s Mountain View campus for a similar visit later this month.
Visits at other companies– tech and non-tech – are being scheduled for the 2016-17 school year.
If you would like to offer visits, job shadowing or internships, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. MVLA Scholars is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation.
MVLA Scholars and PEAK are Los Altos Community Foundation programs.