Meaning “to fly” in Spanish, Volar is a youth career mentoring program elected to enhance the existing workforce development program of the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket.

The idea for “Volar” was born from the vision of 8 Rhode Islanders who met as members of the Sigma II Class of Leadership Rhode Island, each with a unique set of experiences and representing diverse industries and careers. Collectively Team Volar represents organizations across the state, including, Amgen, 401 TechBridge, the Rhode Island Dental Association, RIHousing and the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket. We are:

Laionel Cintron
Account Manager – Northeast
Granicus

Kristen Dowling
Senior Manager, Quality Assurance
Amgen

Christy Durant
Executive Director
RI Dental Association

Jim Hoyt
CEO
Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket

Linda Larson
Programs & Partnerships Manager
401 Tech Bridge

Billy Leiva
Digital Marketing, Film Making, Graphic Design
RI General Assembly

Jessica Mowry
Assistant Director, Leased Housing & Rental Services
RI Housing

Carlos Zambrano, MBA
Director of Technology Services
Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.

The BGC of Pawtucket operates a premier job readiness and career preparation for youth ages 13-18 and offers a variety of activities to home teens’ decision-making, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The comprehensive program gives youth the chance to explore various careers based on their interests and talents while helping them to determine the corresponding educational path to achieve their dream.

Volar met with past program participants and they spoke fondly of their experience and felt prepared to interview for jobs, but one thing was missing: EXPOSURE and MENTORSHIP!  Many youth reported feeling like they would like to learn more about careers that they didn’t even know existed.  About half of the youth reported not having a person in their life to discuss career options with.  This is where we need you!

In collaboration with the youth of the BGC of Pawtucket and the organization’s leadership, Team Volar invites you to participate in the enhanced CAREER LAUNCH by sharing your experience, knowledge and success with youth who may not otherwise know what the world offers them.

Team Volar offers several opportunities to contribute to this curriculum and each varies in time and commitment, depending on your ability to participate.

Be An Agent of Change

Help youth realize their dreams.

Choose Your Tier

Tier 1

(CAREER PANEL)

A one-time 1-hour session in which the volunteer participates in a career panel, or one time classroom setting. The career panel’s goal is to share their professional journey and provide information through experience. Why do you do what you do? How did you get there? There will be an opportunity for questions and answers. Assistance and skills required in the classroom would align with the curriculum and lesson planning.

Career Panel Dates:

Fall 2022 Cohort

Career Panel I
Tuesday, October 4
4:30 – 5:30.

Career Panel II
Thursday, November 17
4:30 – 5:30

Winter 2023 Cohort

Career Panel I
Tuesday, January 10
4:30 -5:30

Career Panel II
Thursday, March 2
4:30 – 5:30

Tier 2

(INTERVIEW PREPARATION)

The volunteer provides assistance in the classroom delivery with topics ranging from resume building, to interview tips, mock interviews, cover letters, and appropriate dress. This option focuses on the practical aspect of assisting Club members in getting everything ready for job hunting and interviews. This  commitment requires multiple engagements with youth in the classroom setting.

Tier 3

(MENTORING)

Volunteer/Mentor commits to a 12-month career mentoring relationship. Engagement with the Club members is more invested and focused. The volunteer will be assigned 2 mentees’. The purpose of mentoring is for the volunteer to help guide the Club member and for the Club member to have a “go to” professional for support.

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