At the winner’s luncheon for the Southwest LUV Grants for Good we were able to connect with several organizations doing great things in our community. One of the other finalists in the small charity category was a group called VOX Teen Communications whose mission statement is helping “teens from diverse backgrounds develop skills to express themselves effectively and build a strong community.”
Recently VOX contacted Good Mews to see if we would be interested in hosting one of their teens, Shanaejha, at the shelter as part of their job-shadowing program. Managing Editor Katie Strangis explains the program:
“Through the VOX Graduation Countdown program, teens are given support for life after high school. They attend workshops (focusing on topics such as applying for college and how to live on a budget) and interact with adult mentors. Teens are also given individual support for setting and achieving goals for after graduation. They then often pass that new knowledge along to VOX readers through the newspaper and the VOX blog.
One component of Graduation Countdown is the Take a Teen to Work job-shadowing project, matching VOX teens with professionals in their fields of interest during breaks from school (usually Spring Break). Mentors host students at work for day and generally treat them to lunch to answer questions about their work. Teens get to experience the workplace and get insights into potential careers, and then they share their experiences with our audience through our newspaper and blog. The teens choose diverse career paths to shadow, including television and print journalists to web development and veterinary interests. Past partners have included CNN/Turner, Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Tech’s Women in Engineering Program, WSB-TV, WXIA and The Highland Bakery.”
Shanaejha, pictured below with our very own Tricky, is extremely interested in working with animals and got lots of hands on experience during her day at Good Mews. We’ll be linking to her blog post here so stay tuned for her take on the day. Thanks to VOX for reaching out to us. Good Mews values our relationships with other area non-profits.