THINK Together Perris High School Program Receives $5,000 from Bank of America

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This investment will provide THINK Together Perris High School students with workforce development.

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Bank of America awarded Perris High School THINK Together Teen, THINK Together’s afterschool and summer high school program, a grant for $5,000. The grant is part of the bank’s focus on workforce development and education initiatives.

Each year, THINK Together Teen at Perris High School provides academic support through tutoring and career readiness programs to over 300 students. THINK Together is building upon these programs with a comprehensive Workforce Readiness and Employment Program with paid internships for 10 juniors and seniors (ages 16-19) at Perris High School. The support received from Bank of America will provide sustainability to the readiness program.

THINK Together Teen is among 15 Inland Empire nonprofits to receive a cumulative total of more than $155,000 this year from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for workforce development.

Ten students will participate in job skills workshop and training. Students will apply for and secure positions utilizing an employment process that replicates the real world process, and participate in workshops focused on application, resume-building, and interview skills, as well as specific trainings for the positions they will hold.

THINK Together’s Human Capital staff will conduct the interviews and training for the students with the same manner and rigor that new employees are on-boarded to THINK Together’s staffing platform. After four weeks of recruitment and training, each employment session will be ten weeks. Students will be expected to work two days per week for two hours per day.

Students will also be expected to provide one day of community service. Students will be able to select, design, and implement community service learning projects that are of interest to them. For the remaining two days of the week, students will participate in THINK Together Teen’s academic support program. In addition to their paid employment, students will receive bus passes, if needed, and program incentives. A Financial Literacy component will also be required as part of the program to ensure that student participants receive a complete workforce readiness experience.

College Readiness Workshops will also be offered which help students and their parents navigate the admission process, seek financial aid resources like the Cal Grant Program, and meet testing and document submission deadlines, as well as actually provide direct support and hands-on assistance throughout the application process. Included are college visit field trips, which help contextualize higher education as a realistically achievable goal for all students.

About THINK Together
THINK Together is one of the leading and largest nonprofit providers of academic support programs (early literacy, after-school, small group tutoring, summer learning, etc.) in the U.S., serving nearly 140,000 students across 420 locations from San Diego to Sacramento. Partnering with school administrators and teachers, its academically oriented programs and dedicated team of 2,500 employees are helping students close the achievement gap. THINK is an acronym: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids. For more information, call (888) 485-THINK or visit http://www.THINKtogether.org or http://www.facebook.com/THINKtogether

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