The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Weslaco ISD, is seeking business applications for the 2018 nCourage Youth Program. The mentoring program takes place at participating businesses Nov. 13-14, giving high school students an opportunity to observe and interact in the daily operations of participating local businesses.
The two-day program also gives students an opportunity to interact with business leaders and institutions while exploring career options and leadership. As a result, students broaden their perspectives of Rio Grande Valley businesses. nCourage emphasizes leadership and trade skills through multiple angles such as one-on-one mentor interaction, hands-on business practices, and business site tours.
“There’s nothing better than providing kids with a real-world work experience, or at least as close to it as you can get,” says Doug Croft, Weslaco Chamber president/CEO. “This program supports the development of a well-trained and happy workforce and it can really make an impact on high school seniors who are deciding what they’ll do after graduation.
Once completing the program, students will understand workplace operations while also having real-world experience. This program motivates students while exposing them to professional environments, often resulting in confirmation of professional interests and refined approach to career opportunities. This includes college major and/or trade profession/curriculum.
In 2017, 70 students participated in the program. Through this partnership, more than 30 businesses have interacted with and mentored students.
An introductory orientation for the participating businesses will be held at the Weslaco Business Visitor and Event Center prior to the mentoring dates. Local businesses who would like to participate can download an application online. Applications must be returned to the Weslaco Chamber by Sept. 24.