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    Programs that provide opportunities for people to investigate their occupational interests through simulated job experiences such as role playing; career mentoring, i.e., pairing professionals and people interested in that occupation; and job shadowing, a work-based learning experience that allows a visitor to follow a host during a typical day (or other period of time) observing and asking questions about a particular career. Also included are police explorer programs, fire cadet explorer programs, and other similar groups which provide opportunities for youth who may be interested in pursuing a career in these fields as adults to gain experience in the area.

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    Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
    AchieveAbility - People Going PlacesClients at advanced levels of the self-sufficiency scale participate in regular meetings throughout the year with successful professionals and business people. These meetings provide additional mentoring and networking opportunities to position clients for further success.PhiladelphiaAchieveAbilityAchieveAbility
    Adams County Career FairThe Career Fair is held to benefit all tenth grade students in Adams County by providing scheduled sessions with a large variety of business representativies. Students may contact the foundation, andy business representative interested in participating is asked to contact the foundation.AdamsAdams County Economic Education FoundationAdams County Economic Education Foundation
    American Corporate PartnersAmerican Corporate Partners (ACP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling, and networking opportunities. With the belief that one-on-one relationships enhance an atmosphere of mutual understanding, respect, and support, ACP aims to strengthen the connection between corporate America and veteran communities. Programs include: ACP AdvisorNet is an online network of volunteer Advisors who commit to sharing their business expertise and advice with military veterans and their immediate family. Veterans can post questions related to the following areas:
    • Employment,
    • Career Development,
    • Small Business.
    ACP’s Veteran Mentoring Program connects Veteran Protégés with Corporate Mentors for a yearlong mentorship. Paired based on their career objectives and professional experience, Mentors and Protégés define the goals of their mentorship together. Mentors have a wide variety of professional expertise, including defense, education, finance, insurance, information technology, logistics, management, manufacturing, marketing and retail. Over the course of the year, all matched pairs should have at least 12 significant discussions regarding the Protégé’s career objectives. These discussions can focus on topics ranging from résumé building and interview skills to networking and small business development. Mentors may participate in all of the discussions personally or arrange for colleagues to meet with their Protégé. ACP has developed two program options in order to offer mentorships to veterans across the country:
    • National - ACP's National Program supports remote mentorships between participants who share similar career interests, but do not live within local proximity. We ask Mentors and Protégés to be flexible regarding the location of their mentorship. Participants in long-distance mentorships communicate by phone, e-mail, and/or videoconference.
    • Local- ACP's Local Programs operate in cities with high densities of participants. Because we aim to connect you with someone whose career objectives and professional experience aligns with yours, we may not always have an ideal candidate in your area. If your location lends itself to a local mentorship, we will do our best to pair you with a participant nearby.
    American Corporate PartnersAmerican Corporate Partners
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Independence Region - Beyond School Walls - PhiladelphiaVersion of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ one-to-one youth mentoring program. The children meet in the workplace with the employee volunteer mentor two to four times per month during the school day for about an hour. A BBBS Independence Region Match Support Specialist manages the program on-site while Bigs and Littles play games, do arts and crafts, tour the office or just talk with one another. Currently 25 corporate partners participate.PhiladelphiaBig Brothers Big Sisters of the Independence Region- Philadelphia; Center CityBig Brothers Big Sisters of the Independence Region
    Business and Professional Women’s FoundationBusiness and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW Foundation) was the first foundation dedicated to conducting research and providing information solely about working women. Since then, we have partnered with employers to create successful workplaces that embrace and practice diversity, equity and work-life balance convening employers, working women and policymakers to promote systemic workplace change. Areas of research include women and non traditional jobs, Gen Y women and women’s use and access to the internet. In 2007 BPW Foundation conducted the first research on women veteran’s transition to civilian careers and in 2010, hosted a National Summit, Joining Forces for Women Veterans to identify the challenges women veterans face. Through information gathered at the summit, the need for mentors was identified and in 2012 BPW Foundation launched Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus a program recognized by the White House Joining Forces Military Family initiative. The mentoring program is built on our legacy of working women helping women work. BPW Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) research and education organization. The work of BPW Foundation supports workforce development programs and workplace policies that recognize the diverse needs of working women, communities and businesses. Business and Professional Women’s FoundationBusiness and Professional Women’s Foundation
    Business Education Partnerships - Wayne Pike Workforce AllianceEngages students and businesses in career awareness and workforce readiness.PikeWayne Pike Workforce AllianceWayne Pike Workforce Alliance
    Career Days - Northern Tier Income and Education ConsortiumOffer career days to participating school districts. Career day offerings include: Vehicular Career Day: One-day experience where students get to see vehicles/mobile equipment units and interact directly with the professionals who operate these vehicles in the course of their work. Some examples are linemen, grader operators, police, well drillers, fuel delivery and home health professionals. Designed for 5th grade students. Healthcare Career Day: A one-day career day. Students interact face-to-face with a range of professionals from the healthcare sector. Students learn what the careers are like and educational pathways needed for success. Designed for 9th to 12th grades.BradfordNorthern Tier Income and Education ConsortiumNorthern Tier Income and Education Consortium
    Educator in the Workplace - Northern Tier Income and Education ConsortiumProgramming for educators and administrators from regular academic settings as well as technical education settings. Programs include: Educator in the Workplace: Formats include a one day or a week-long program with visits to area employers in the manufacturing, energy or healthcare sectors. Program includes interactions with a range of employees at each business and discussions on work responsibilities, educational requirements, opportunities for advancement, etc. Act 48 credit can be granted.BradfordNorthern Tier Income and Education ConsortiumNorthern Tier Income and Education Consortium
    Greater Philadelphia Veterans NetworkAssists veterans in finding employment through programs, mentorships, networking and job leads. Educates employers on how to hire local veterans.Greater Philadelphia Veterans NetworkGreater Philadelphia Veterans Network
    Mt. Airy USA - Summer Career Exploration Program (SCEP)Provides an eight week training program that consists of (2) week pre-employment training, and (6) week work experience. Includes (3) career field trips. Slots are open for (45) low to moderate income Mt. Airy youth.PhiladelphiaMt. Airy USA - Philadelphia, Mt. AiryMt. Airy USA
    Pennsylvania Women Work - 3 Cups of CoffeeA short-term mentorship program that helps women network and get ready to re-enter the workplace or improve their current employment.

    3 Cups of Coffee ®

    matches a job-seeking, work-ready woman with a caring professional in her job sector, for three coffee meetings.

    AlleghenyPennsylvania Women WorkPennsylvania Women Work
    Philadelphia Youth Network - Work Ready ProgramWorkReady provides skills training and industry pipeline programs. WorkReady Philadelphia programs offer a variety of ways that businesses throughout the region can give a young person their first break. PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Youth Network - Philadelphia; Old CityPhiladelphia Youth Network
    Potter County Educational Council - Coudersport Office - Elementary School Courses/ServicesCareer Exploration Camps designed to expose area youth (Grades 4 - 9) to various career opportunities in the region.PotterPotter County Educational Council - Coudersport OfficePotter County Educational Council
    Potter County Educational Council - Port Allegany Office - Elementary School Courses/ServicesCareer Exploration Camps designed to expose area youth (Grades 4 - 9) to various career opportunities in the region.McKeanPotter County Educational Council - Port Allegany OfficePotter County Educational Council
    STEP, Inc. - Youth Enrichment for Success Lycoming CountyProgram helps at-risk youth in Lycoming County by providing one-on-one mentoring to evaluate their needs, establishing a network of local support resources, and supporting the youth as they develop the life and employment skills and knowledge to achieve self-sufficiency. A 12 to 18 month youth employment program for 16 to 21 year olds who are motivated to earn a GED or train for a career. The program is a partnership between STEP, Inc., Lycoming Children & Youth Services, Lycoming County Juvenile Probation Office, and the Lycoming County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.LycomingSTEP, Inc. - Community Collaboration PathwaySTEP, Inc.
    To Our Children's Future with Health - Career Exploration ProgramProvides monthly visits for youth to visit businesses to learn more about various careers. No fee required.PhiladelphiaTo Our Children's Future with Health - Philadelphia; West PhiladelphiaTo Our Children's Future with Health
    To Our Children's Future with Health - Career Mentoring ProgramCareer Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for community youth to experience what it is like in the adult world. The program matches youth with adult mentors in field of interest.PhiladelphiaTo Our Children's Future with Health - Philadelphia; West PhiladelphiaTo Our Children's Future with Health
    Youth Employment Service of Monroe County - Project DiscoveryProvides career identification, real and virtual job shadowing, and work experiences for youth, ages 18-24. Youth are matched with a mentor for job shadowing and work experiences. These positions may be a paid or unpaid experience. Designed to help out of school youth acquire the personal attributes, knowledge, and skills needed to obtain a job and advance into the work-force.MonroeYouth Employment Service of Monroe CountyYouth Employment Service of Monroe County
    Youth Employment Service of Monroe County - Project SuccessProvides direction in career exploration, leadership, teambuilding, employability, communication, problem-solving and decision making. Program presents self-sufficiency tools to the youth, ages 14-18, empowering them to take an active role in securing their future career goals by exploring career choices and choosing the right career. Also provides resume writing sessions leading up to mock interviews with professional human resource staff from local businesses.MonroeYouth Employment Service of Monroe CountyYouth Employment Service of Monroe County
    Youth Employment Service of Monroe County - Project Success BeyondAllows local youth, ages 18-24, who have graduated from the Project Success program to mentor and volunteer as aides while continuing to gather information regarding career guidance and exploration through the use of bi-weekly seminars, field trips, guest speakers, and job shadowing.MonroeYouth Employment Service of Monroe CountyYouth Employment Service of Monroe County

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