“What do you want to be when you graduate?”

It’s a question students hear over 和 over again during their high school career, especially as graduation looms. While some may have a clear picture of their future, 对于许多, the answer to that question is: “I have no idea.” Often, students are unaware of just how many options are available to them.

Ladders for Leaders was created to expose high school juniors 和 seniors to the workplace 和 bridge the gap between students 和 professional experience.

The organization’s mission is to ensure students acquire workplace readiness skills 和 experience 和 become more competitive as they 应用 to colleges, 奖学金, or prepare to enter the workforce.

To achieve this mission Ladders for Leaders provides high-quality, paid 和 volunteer internship experiences 和 pre-employment training designed to teach essential workplace readiness skills 和 professional etiquette.

Ladders for Leaders of Texas founder LaKissa Bright has a passion for helping children grow into their best selves, coupled with the desire to serve her community.

“Our main goal is to prepare our students to make informed decisions on their future upon graduating from high school,”亮说. “This mission is personal to me because my daughter changed her major four times while in college 和 I could only imagine how much money we would have saved if she’d participated in a program like Ladders for Leaders.”

Since its inception in 2018, Ladders for Leaders has provided internships for 56 10bet体育开户 ISD students.

The feedback from students about their work experience has been positive 和 reinforces Bright’s desire to provide opportunities for those close to graduating from high school.

Ryan Kelly, a senior at 10bet体育开户 High School, said his internship allowed him to learn more about the construction industry.

“I learned technology marketing 和 advertising skills. I gained more insight into how products are sold in construction. 通过广告, I was able to learn about specific products 和 more construction companies,”瑞恩说.  “Another thing I liked about my internship was the helpful nature of all the employees. They were nice 和 supportive 和 were always willing to answer my questions. My internship gave me h和s-on experience which helped me develop skills that I would not have been taught in school. I feel like this experience has prepared me 和 I gained more clarity of what to expect after college.”

Bright says the organization’s biggest need is business partners to host interns during the summer 和 funds to cover the cost of the internships. 参观 Ladders for Leaders website 参与.

Applications for the summer of 2022 will be available on Jan. 10, 2022, 和 are due on Feb. 18.   More information about eligibility requirements can be found on the Program Detail page 网站的.