Our mission is to help young people make more informed vocation decisions. We design and offer tools to communities to encourage their younger members to take advantage of an underused asset: the career wisdom and experience of older members of their communities.
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Our first Pathways program — a career exploration program at Immanuel Presbyterian Church called IPC Pathways – now has 125 registered mentors and over 2 dozen seekers, and we’ve sponsored 6 forums so far.
What We Do
The Harraseeket Foundation has created a program called “Pathways.” Pathways empowers communities to help their younger members make more informed career decisions.
Meet a Mentor
Some of the mentors in the Immanuel Presbyterian Church Pathways program are sharing the stories of their career paths. Here is one mentor’s story of how she became a small business owner and what landscape design means to her.
We look forward to sharing more of these stories in the coming weeks.
I was so glad to have the opportunity to meet with my mentee to answer a few questions, provide insight, and learn more about what he wants to do and what drives him. It was tremendously rewarding to meet such a bright, motivated young person and help him move toward his goals, and it feels good to pay forward all of the assistance and guidance that I was lucky enough to receive when starting out. I’m looking forward to continuing the mentorship role with him and others as time goes on.
My first conversation with my mentor was incredibly organic, supportive, and fun. I learned a valuable perspective from her, that career paths aren’t always linear and are often enriched by your openness to opportunities. I intend to carry this with me on my career journey, and have greatly enjoyed our newly fostered relationship and correspondence.
Through our conversation I was able to use my experience to help (seeker) see the patterns in her own life that pointed to why she truly enjoys and the types of roles that she might find most fulfilling.
My connection with [my mentor] was very successful! Through him I got to meet with three program leads at the National Academy of Sciences. Including the head of the new Climate Change program they are trying to set up. They said that I might be able to find a position open over this summer, and if that happens then I have a good chance to land it since I got my foot in the door way ahead of time. Thanks so much for the connection.
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