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January 20, 2017

Get Connected
Student Mentoring 
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Get Connected Builds Relationships with Employers and Mentors

I tell students that they have the power to create the life they want for themselves, no matter what their situation is right now, and that there are people out here who are willing to help them.Laurie Moline, Get Connected Director

Career exposure and career-based mentoring are the basic principles of the support provided to students in United Way's Get Connected collaborative effort. However, the heart of the program is the mentoring relationship fostered in the student's area-of-interest through face-to-face meetings, email, return visits, school visits and job shadowing. Prior to meeting with students, mentors are trained to have resiliency-focused conversations, sharing challenges and obstacles they have overcome on their own career journeys.

A 2016 Community Connectors grant of $75,945 by the Ohio Department of Education to United Way of Greater Stark County with the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Grace Initiative of CommQuest supports Get Connected. The program is for students enrolled in Career Tech programs in Canton City Schools and Plain Local Schools. This is the second year that United Way has been a recipient of a Community Connectors grant.

Business partners include: Aultman/Aultman College, Diebold-Nixdorf, Factory of Terror Ohio, Innis Maggiore Advertising, Williams Companies, Inc, The Karcher Group, TimkenSteel, TechniBus, and Stark State College Wellsite Training Center.

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The Stark Education Partnership - a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Stark County, Ohio -  is a catalyst, engaging and collaborating with education, business, civic and community stakeholders to drive sustainable improvement and innovation to provide all students with education and career success.  

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