CBIA is looking for a few good men, and women, to spend a few hours with local high school students.

During spring vacation, CBIA runs a Youth Employability Skills Academy for Academy of Engineering and Green Technology students in Hartford who want summer internships.

yes-1The YES Academy provides an opportunity for business volunteers to lead workshops that prepare the students for success in the workplace, and in life.

This year, the YES academy runs from Monday, April 10 to Thursday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Workshops include:

  • Successful teamwork (using balloons and duct tape)
  • Workplace etiquette and communication
  • Professional behavior at work
  • How to dress for success (separate classes for boys and girls)
  • Resumes, cover letters, and thank you notes
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Managing your finances
  • Time management

What Else Do You Need to Know?

Each class is 50 minutes long and has a lesson plan. Volunteers may sign up in pairs or will be matched with another volunteer.

If you are able to spend two hours, you will teach the same topic to two groups of students, or if you only have an hour, you will teach it to one group. None of the classes require any special knowledge or skills.

To participate in the YES Academy, students have to be Triple-A rated (good academics, attendance and attitude).

All of the students have been selected by the school principal and CBIA’s internship program manager, both of whom will be on-site running the program.

These students are eager to learn, and excited about their future. After all, they have decided to spend their vacation in the classroom learning from leaders like you.

Have more questions or want to participate? Contact CBIA's Dayl Walker (860.244.1935)