Education for Tomorrow Alliance is fortunate to have a corps of dedicated volunteers to support Future Focus, the SCI://TECH Exposition, Next Generation Leadership, and Student Internship Programs. It takes hundreds of volunteers each year to reach more than 9,000 students. Thank you for all you do to support local education!
Planning is underway for the 2017 SCI://TECH Exposition themed Science is electrifying. Get amped up! Volunteers are needed to support all 13 STEM events planned between January 27 and February 18. In 2016, nearly 1,300 volunteers offered more than 5,200 volunteer hours to support SCI://TECH! While volunteers are needed for all SCI://TECH events, the greatest volunteer need is for science fair judges. Register now to volunteer for the 2017 Entergy Private School Science Fair on Friday, January 27, or the CB&I Junior High Science Fair and the Chevron Phillips Senior High Science Fair on Friday, February 3. Learn more about the SCI://TECH Exposition here.
Throughout the year, EfTA offers career development programming at Conroe High School. We need your help! We are seeking volunteers to participate in monthly career panels where you share your life experience and expertise with 10th and 11th grade students. Whether you had a detailed plan for life after high school or you are still trying to figure out what you want to be when you “grow up,” your insights are valuable in helping encourage and shape tomorrow’s leaders.
Sessions take place once a month during lunch from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at Conroe High School. Meetings will start with a panel and Q&A based on the month’s topic where guest speakers share their honest feedback, and may follow with small group discussions or individual student activities. This is an opportunity for professionals to come share their career stories.
Education for Tomorrow Alliance is proud to partner with The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce to offer the Next Generation Leadership program to 12th grade students in the Chamber service area. The program is intended to provide promising students with the opportunity to learn about leadership at work in Montgomery County and to cultivate individual leadership skills through interaction with professionals in business, education, and government. Volunteers interact with 12th grade students, networking with them and answering any potential questions about their profession the students might have. Volunteers are needed during the fall of each year.
Register as a volunteer.
Learn more about Next Generation Leadership.
Employers volunteer to host students during the summer preceding their senior year of high school to expose students to the realities of their industries through hands-on work experience. All students are asked to work two consecutive weeks/eighty hours in June or July (based on the availability of the employers and students) to ensure an appropriate level of commitment.
Each intern employer agrees to provide a meaningful, quality opportunity for their interns to learn as much as possible about a career field. Depending on the nature of the work, some positions will be more hands on than others; job shadowing is okay. In some cases, an intern will follow the direction of one employee for the full two weeks, and in others, students have to opportunity to rotate among departments. Employers decide what makes the most sense with their company. Intern hosts are welcome to take more than one student.
The internships are structured as unpaid work experience, but some companies choose to pay. Some companies also opt to hire the students after the internships are complete, but that is the decision of the employer and not an expectation of EfTA.
Finally, students apply and compete for these internships. They are typically ambitious, intelligent young adults capable of doing impressive work for their age. Employers have the opportunity to interview students to confirm that there will be a good fit between the company and the intern interests.
Student applications for Summer 2017 will be available on March 3.
Learn more about the Student Internship Program.
Palmer's Internship Experience
After Palmer's internship, Palmer was hired by the Woodlands Economic Development Partnership (EDP) as an employee. The Woodlands EDP shared, "Palmer has done a great job and we
are very fortunate for the quality students we get from EfTA every year. Congratulations on
making this program what it is today!"
Volunteers engage junior high school students with an specially-designed curriculum created to get students thinking about the how the decisions they make today affect their long term success. Interactive workshops focus on positive decision-making and the value of education.
Interested volunteers do an in-person or online training to familiarize themselves with the curriculum, and then receive a list of presentation dates to see which ones work with their schedules. Presenters can sign up for as many or as few presentations as they choose, making Future Focus a good option for individuals with busy schedules. Presentations take place in local classrooms throughout the fall and last one hour each. Thank you to our 2016 volunteers who reached more than 3,300 students through Future Focus presentations this fall.