Community Connectors is collaborative effort in the Valley aimed at making students in 11th and 12th grades in the Youngstown and Warren city school districts workforce ready by matching them with jobs and mentors and providing job shadowing, internship and externship opportunities, all within the local business community. Students in the program will learn basic job skills such as resume writing, interviewing techniques, time management, team collaboration and appropriate dress for the workplace.
In 2014, Ohio Governor John Kasich designated a new program to bring together families, community organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses and others in support of Ohio's students. Community Connectors provides $10 million in three-to-one matching grants to pair more students with role models who can help motivate and inspire them, as well as help them develop skills that lead to success in school and the workplace.
The goal of Community Connectors is to help students:
- Set goals to be prepared for 21st-century careers,
- Build character,
- Develop pathways to achievement,
- Build a sense of resiliency,
- and Believe in a positive future.