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“United Way and the netWORKS program give youth, like myself, the opportunity to go out there and find a passion, find what they want to do, and make it easier to navigate the job market.”

—Navy, netWORKS participant

Doors open to more opportunities when young people have access to strong professional networks. We launched netWORKS to help create those social opportunities and connections. The objectives of the program are to help youth meet new role models, and build and expand their professional networks. It also helps them develop networking and employment-focused skills, while getting real-world advice on how companies recruit and how different work environments operate.

netWORKS is a coordinated approach to career-oriented networking and mentoring. Mentors and mentees receive training, participate in group and invidividual networking sessions, and have the opportunity for more in-depth, structured one-on-one mentoring relationships.

Are you a young person interested in being mentored? Are you a corporation interested in engaging your employees as mentors? Contact: networks@uwgt.org


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Between September 2015 and September 2016, 203 young people attended at least one networking event, and 347 youth developed a profile on the netWORKS online hub.


Ten employer partners hosted a total of 16 netWORKING events. Almost 200 mentors have added their profiles to the online hub and 174 have participated in at least one networking event.