Why Employers Make a Difference
Employers, businesses, non-profit organizations, and the government
all have an important role to play in the e-mentoring of students.
The employer is the best resource from which a dedicated and coordinated
volunteer workforce can be organized. Because the employer has an
interest in the welfare and quality of life of the community in
which it operates and where its employees reside, most businesses,
non-profits, and government agencies encourage volunteerism and
provide support to the activities of their employees. Furthermore,
because most employers have a vested interest in a future quality
workforce, the e-mentoring of that future workforce is an investment
with potential high returns.
Who are Connecting to Success Employer-Partners?
A Connecting to Success Employer-Partner is an employer who has
agreed to collaborate with a local school in implementing the Connecting
to Success program. Local partnerships may be initiated by employers,
school personnel, or members of the community. (For further information
contact Connecting to Success at 612-626-0335.) An Employer-Partner
recruits employee volunteers to serve as e-mentors to students with
disabilities, exchanging e-mails on a weekly basis. Participating
in the program demonstrates a commitment to the community and the
education of its youth.
Benefits to the Employer
- Increased morale on the part of employees who feel they are making a difference in a students life.
- Increased commitment to the employer for supporting them in their volunteer activities.
- Improved image in the community as an employer who cares.
- Increased awareness of the variables affecting the education of our youth.
- Increased customer loyalty.
- Improved workforce with marketable skills to assume a responsible position.
Benefits to Those Collaborating with the Employer
- An organized group of trained volunteers prepared to e-mentor
- A better-informed citizenry by getting volunteers in the schools to observe and learn what does take place in the educational environment.
- A more committed employer that may increase the level and kinds of volunteer and/or financial support to the school system or community to address perceived needs.
- An improved relationship and understanding between the employer and the community in which it operates.
- Agree to support an e-mentoring program and agree to commit the necessary human and financial resources to make it happen.
- Appoint an employee as the Employer Liaison.
- Allow and encourage employees to take time for informational
meetings, training sessions, and face-to-face site visits.
- Provide some financial support to facilitate expenses such as
student transportation in site visits, materials purchases, and
- Collaboration with the school systems, the community, and students
to review, evaluate, and improve the program.