October 17, 2013
Youth Programs Honored
HIRED was recently awarded “Outstanding Service to Youth” by the Minneapolis Employment and Training Program (METP) for helping more than 100 teens stay in school, earn vocational credentials and build early work experience. Each participant received one-to-one academic support and career planning, as well as help navigating challenges at home and in school.
HIRED received the prestigious award after earning an “A” grade last year from METP. We’ve been serving youth since 1970, and currently have youth counselors at local schools, correctional facilities, transitional housing organizations and state workforce centers.
Says Jan West, HIRED Sr. Program Manager, “We’re all very excited about the award. The youth who come to us for help are struggling at home, in school – our counselors are often the only adult voice telling them not to give up. I’m very proud of our team of counselors.”
Banker Group Visits HIRED
Peter Heegaard, former trust banker and founder of Urban Adventure, recently brought a group of 25 banking professionals to HIRED to learn about workforce development. Urban Adventure provides an urban-based educational experience for up-and-coming business leaders. Participants tour nonprofits to study the issues affecting impoverished communities, including ways they can become involved and make a difference.
The group spent an hour with Jane Samargia, HIRED executive director and Kari Felegy, HIRED associate director of youth programs, to better understand the problems facing thousands of low-income families in our community.
“It’s not every day we see a large group of bankers come through our doors,” says Kari, “It was quite an experience to describe the challenges our participants face on a daily basis. My hope is we’ve made them more aware and inspired them to be a part of the solution.”
Heegaard shared that Urban Adventure is in its 16th year and he always looks forward to visiting HIRED. As a former HIRED board member and long-time supporter, he is very familiar with the comprehensive assistance HIRED provides to low-income individuals and families in the Twin Cities.
Meet our VISTAs
Tenzing Tunden is a job development specialist at the East Bloomington office. He is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona and relocated to the Twin Cities from Southern California. His professional goals for the next year are to build on his marketing and sales skills. He would also like to gain more insight into ex-offenders and the realities they face upon reentry into society. Tenzing’s primary duties will be building relationships with employers and organizing and implementing job fairs.
Alyssa Whalon is a business development and outreach specialist at HIRED’s office in North Minneapolis. She graduated from Missouri State University and relocated to Minneapolis from Kansas City, MO. During Alyssa’s year with HIRED, she will be working with the sector programs. Her primary goals are to draft outreach plans to engage additional trainees and employers in sector program initiatives then implement those plans. She’s looking forward to gaining more skills in marketing and helping build a sustainable marketing and development plan for the sector programs.
Mandy Cornell is the Marketing and Communication Specialist for HIRED’s sector programs. Her responsibilities are to develop fresh marketing materials and communication strategies. She received a BA degree in Communication, Media, & Rhetoric and History from the University of Minnesota Morris. Mandy supplemented her education by developing informational videos for small nonprofits and by working as an intern for the Minnesota 4-H Youth Organization. She enjoys the challenges and opportunities presented by HIRED and AmeriCorps, and plans to pursue a career in developmental communications and in illustrating children’s books.