Volunteers are needed to serve as career advisers at Calumet, Highland, East Chicago and Westville high schools.
The Center for Workforce Innovations is looking for recently retired professionals or new college graduates to take part in the AmeriCorps Career Advisor initiative for the 2013-14 school year. The program, which also is sponsored by the United Way of Porter County, is aimed at helping students plan for their futures after graduation.
Ideal candidates would include retired professionals or semi-professionals who want to give back to the community. College graduates, soon-to-be graduates or skilled tradesman also could participate.
"It makes a difference in kid's lives," said Kitty Meyer, the project coordinator for the Valparaiso-based workforce development agency. "It impacts not only the students we serve but the people who are serving."
Volunteers will work a total of 900 hours between now and the middle of June, Meyer said. They would be expected to work an average of 25 hours a week during regular school hours, and could pick the days that are most convenient.
Career advisers would help students prepare for college by providing application and FAFSA information, and also would guide them toward apprenticeship and training programs, military careers or school-to-work alternatives. They also would highlight high-wage and high-demand careers, and stress the importance of lifelong learning.
They will be trained in career advising, mentoring and other skills that will help students achieve their career goals.
AmeriCorps will furnish the volunteers with a living stipend and an educational benefit that can be applied toward tuition or paying off previous college loans.
Anyone who is interested should contact Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (219) 462-2940 ext. 44.
The United Way of Porter County also is looking for tutors at various elementary and high schools. Anyone who is interested in that program should contact Deb Townsend at email@example.com or (219) 464-3583.