Our Pathways program gives local community organizations the tools to help their young make more informed career decisions. Pathways offers younger members greater access to the wisdom and experience of older members of the communities. The result: stronger relationships between older and younger members, and more intentional and focused career exploration.
Our mission is to inspire and support Pathways programs in community organizations everywhere.
A small group of us embarked on this journey because we believe these two things:
- Many young people can do more to make informed career decisions. We should know because when we were younger we could have been more informed about our career paths. Careers chosen without talking much to those who have travelled the pah. Job offers accepted without really exploring why (other than earning a living).
- Community organizations — think houses of worship and civic organizations — can be wonderful places for young people to make more informed career decisions. Why? Because communities have a fantastic untapped asset: career experience and wisdom in the older members of the organization.
We love the mentoring movement. Mentoring has been around as long as humans have been on earth. It is growing in so many ways, with so many different goals. The internet has helped enormously, allowing easier access to experience and wisdom. Many different kinds of organizations are supporting mentoring. We enthusiastically support this movement and encourage young people to take advantage of it, in whatever way fits.
We think communities can do more to encourage young people to take advantage of what’s out there. Communities have an asset to help them do that – the experience and wisdom of older members. Harraseeket’s Pathways program is designed to help young members access that asset.
“Harraseeket” is inspired by the name of a river that empties into a beautiful harbor in South Freeport, Maine, where Steve Parker, one of the Harraseeket founders, grew up. The street where he grew up is called Harraseeket Road. The harbor is fully enclosed, protecting hundreds of boats from almost any weather, guarded by a narrow, rocky entrance. Harraseeket Harbor has become a favorite destination for sailors cruising the Maine coast.