LIFE VENTURES PARTNERSHIP
BUSINESS PARTNERS PROFILES
Life Ventures Partnership has worked with dozens of employers throughout Milwaukee. Each partnership has added value to the youth workforce development efforts in the city and we are grateful for each one. The following companies have put in an incredible effort above-and-beyond what was asked of them and for that we want to highlight their generosity. Please click on their logos to view a detail description on what each business partner is doing to help young people.
Activities/Programs Participated in:
My Life! My Plan!: Adam Easterbrook has served as a career coach at 2 workshops, one at Pulaski High School and one at Washington High School.
Job site tours: 25 youth from Washington High School toured the Bradley Center to learn how Levy Restaurants operations run in a large event space.
Length of participation: 1 year
“My Life! My Plan! is a great opportunity for high school students to think “outside the box” about other possible careers that they might not have considered prior hand. There is nothing greater in life than to see a student light up and realize that there are so many options out there in life. This program shows the students which classes to focus on during high school and where to start looking for colleges. Every time I leave a school I always feel great about the time spent with students and look forward to seeing how their life progresses.”
- Adam Easterbrook, Director of Operations
Earn & Learn – Private Sector Job Connection Employer: GE Healthcare hired a summer intern with their Communications team.
Job site visits – GE Healthcare hosts job site visits at its Research Park facility in Wauwatosa that are specialized for their guests. For example, GE women hosted a luncheon with the YWCA’s Skills for Success summer camp to discuss nontraditional career paths for women.
Earn & Learn – Summer Youth Internship Program workshop: GE Healthcare’s Communications Director, Brian McKaig, served as a panel member at an E&L “Why Work?” workshop hosted at MATC.130 youth attended to learn about how to succeed in the workplace.
MAWIB Technology Fair participant – GE Healthcare runs a booth at the fair to inform youth about STEM careers.
Length of participation: 2013 is the first year GE Healthcare has partnered with LVP and Earn & Learn.
“As the leader of GE’s Volunteer Council in Milwaukee, I have the privilege of supporting hundreds of GE volunteers who work with thousands of students in Milwaukee. Partnering with LVP has opened up opportunities for our volunteers and senior leaders to share their knowledge and experience with talented young people and to see the world through their eyes, if only for a day. Every interaction with our students gives me hope for the future of our great city and inspires me to work even harder to open more doors and bring more opportunities for them. GE Healthcare is proud to support this important initiative with the City of Milwaukee and Life Ventures Partnership. We will continue to work towards expanding students’ understanding of and interest in science, technology, engineering and math in order to help our communities grow robust talent pipelines.”
-Nata Abbott, Community Relations Director
Activities/Programs Participated in:
Earn & Learn employer: GRAEF has employed 8 youth through E&L since 2009.
Peer Referrals: CEO John Kissinger has been a strong proponent of Earn & Learn, sending recruitment letters for E&L out to his peers in the business community, encouraging them to be engaged in youth workforce development efforts by hiring E&L youth for the summer.
Length of participation: 2013 was GRAEF’s fifth summer having Earn and Learn youth employees.
“GRAEF’s involvement in Earn & Learn has been fantastic. We have received great value from these summer workers, and they have been a real asset to our staff, filling in on all sorts of “hard to get to” assignments. The youthful enthusiasm they bring to the office has been great.
I am proud that we at GRAEF are helping these young students as they move into the work world. It is great to know that we have a small part in developing future generations of the Milwaukee workforce.”
John Kissinger, CEO