The Connecticut Business & Industry Association Thanks Business Leaders who Taught Youth Employability Skills at April’s YES Academy at Hartford Public High School’s Academy of Engineering and Green Technology

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association Thanks Business Leaders who Taught Youth Employability Skills at April’s YES Academy at Hartford Public High School’s Academy of Engineering and Green Technology

CBIA (The Connecticut Business & Industry Association) gives their thanks to all business leaders who participated in the Youth Employability Skills (YES) Academy over April’s spring break and spent time with Hartford Public High School Academy of Engineering and Green Technology students. Collectively you helped the students learn things that will help them with finding and keeping internships and jobs, doing better in school and going to college, and in life in general. All the students agreed that the YES Academy helped them in all three areas of school, jobs, and life.

There were 26 volunteers who came to HPHS-AoEGT during vacation week.  There were 24 to 27 students each day of the four day program.. The goal of the program is to prepare the students to successfully interview and gain paid summer internships this year.

Quotes from the students’ evaluations include:

“It was awesome.”

“This was a useful program.”

“It was an amazing experience.”

“It’s a life changing experience.”

“I’m so glad I came.”

Andrea Comer, Executive Director of CBIA’s Education and Workforce Partnership, and Dayl Walker, Program Manager at CBIA will be presenting the YES program to attendees at the National Academy Foundation’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas this summer.

Another dozen students wanted to attend, but couldn’t due to caring for younger siblings while Mom worked, working at paid jobs, or their family going out of town. All classes and the overall program were evaluated on a scale of A (great), B (good), C (OK), D (poor), and F (awful). ALL of the classes were rated as A or B by 85-100% of the students, with the overwhelming grade being A. Those are rave reviews from teenagers.  The overall program was rated as A by 86% and B by 14%. 100% of the students would recommend attending YES to their peers.

When asked for three words to describe the volunteers they met, the students said:

Smart, funny, kind, awesome, great, dedicated, hard working, helpful, enthusiastic, caring, determined, energetic, successful, happy, creative, fun, interesting, passionate, exciting, informative, professional, respectful, interesting, educated.

The students were so fortunate to spend a significant part of their vacation with this amazing group of volunteers. As much as the content of the lessons, the quality of your interactions changed them.

For more information about YES Academy, contact:

Dayl Walker | Program Manager | CBIA
350 Church St. | Hartford, CT 06103 | 860.244.1935 | 860.278.8562 (f) | dayl.walker@cbia.com  | cbia.com