It is an exciting time for SHRM-Atlanta, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with some great organizations in 2011 that share our desire to build a better Atlanta. We continue to be passionate about giving back to the Atlanta community through various organizations. Our members have been the key component to our success in doing so and we thank you!
This year, we are continuing to partner with organizations where we have a track record of success and we’ve added some new organizations to the mix. We’ve been honored to partner directly with the current and past Mayor of the City of Atlanta, Kasim Reed and Shirley Franklin, respectively for the past six years to provide workforce readiness and interview training to high school students within the Atlanta Public School system. The training takes place on Saturday mornings about six to eight times per year. We just wrapped up the first session for 2011 this past weekend. We also partner with the Dekalb Youth Program that serves high school students in the Dekalb County School system. We assisted over 700 high school students combined in APS and Dekalb County combined last year. It is such an honor to continue to partner with these organizations and very rewarding for our members and the students.
We are excited to work with three new youth organizations this year to include Junior Achievement, Year Up and 21st Century Leaders. Our member volunteers are providing specific training on marketable skills, interview and workforce readiness training for the latter two programs.
- Junior Achievement is a nationally-known and recognized program that currently exists in all of the Metro Atlanta area school systems, grades K-12. This program trains SHRM-Atlanta members on their curriculum and allows each volunteer to deliver a hands-on curriculum in grades K-12 in schools located in their own community.
- Year Up is a program designed specifically for recent High School graduates, age 18-24 to bridge the gap for low income, young adults by providing the skills, experience and support to transition to careers and post-secondary education.
- 21st Century Leaders is a program that provides leadership and interview training to high achieving High School students in the Metro Atlanta area starting in their Sophomore year through their Senior year. About 97% of those that complete the 21st Century Leaders program enter college and approximately 72% take on leadership roles in their colleges and communities.
We have continued our partnership with the Georgia Centers for Non-Profits and are thrilled to serve as their HR partner to provide functional HR resources, tools and support to their members. Another new partnership for 2011 is the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, this is a natural fit because such a large portion of our members handle these types of HR related issues and investigations in their respective places of work.
We are well on our way for 2011 and we’re looking forward to providing more detailed information on these programs on our website. Stay tuned!
Update provided by Teela Jackson, EVP of External Relations for SHRM-Atlanta. Teela is the Director of Talent Delivery for Talent Connections, LLC. Engage with Teela on twitter for more HR updates and information.