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  • 1. Using Intermediary Organizations to Gain Access to Quality Internships Presented by: Deanna Hanson, California Director, NAF
  • 2. Panel Members
    • Mark Karapatian , Urban Education Partnership, Los Angeles, CA
    • Randy Wallace , Tulare County Workforce Investment Board Youth Council, Visalia, CA
    • Brenda Gray , New Ways to Work
    • Chris Smith , Boston Private Industry Council
  • 3. What is an Intermediary?
    • An independent non-profit agency dedicated to providing resources and building relationships between businesses, schools and community to provide all students with opportunities for success in school, in work and in life
  • 4. Intermediaries Typically Are…
    • Involved with
      • Developing multiple career linked pathways for secondary schools,
      • Strengthening involvement with and by businesses and employers for workforce preparation
      • Identifying and aligning with the economically developing sectors within the community which will yield the best employment opportunities;
    • Staffed with resources identified to support intermediary activities and functions;
    • Performing brokering activities and resource development ;
    • Serving more than one program in more than one school or organization;
    • Valuing full participation in a national network of peer organizations for continuous learning and resource development; and
    • Striving to work systematically, performing two and seeking to address all four strategic intermediary functions:
  • 5. Convene
    • Convene local, regional and/or state leaders, practitioners and customers across sectors to ensure youth success. Intermediaries:
      • Identify and engage leaders
      • Convene a leadership body to address issues and opportunities
      • Share quality practices among partners
      • Build and sustain a common vision among key stakeholders
      • Engage constituents across sectors and communities
      • Create a forum for building a comprehensive system
  • 6. Connect
    • Connect and provide services to youth, workplace and community partners, education, government, social service and community organizations, and families and neighborhoods. Intermediaries:
      • Create demand and build awareness
      • Address partner needs and support involvement
      • Provide training and professional development
      • Map services and support cross-agency collaboration
      • Place and support youth in developmental experiences
      • Promote quality work-based and classroom learning
  • 7. Measure
    • Measure results to improve the quality and impact of local efforts. Intermediaries:
      • Set goals and measure success
      • Build partner capacity
      • Use data to improve performance and promote equity
      • Set quality standards based on promising practices
      • Conduct regular, formal reviews and external evaluations
      • Share and apply research, strategies, and results
  • 8. Sustain
    • Sustain successful efforts through advocacy, progressive policies and practices. Intermediaries:
      • Build public awareness and support
      • Influence national, state, and local policies
      • Connect and align local youth-serving systems
        • Generate, leverage, and distribute resources
        • Promote the long-term commitment to youth success
        • Align workforce development, economic development and educational improvement efforts
  • 9. Intermediary Examples
    • Workforce Investment Boards
    • WIB Youth Councils
    • County/Regional Offices of Education
    • School to Career Agencies
    • Youth Development Agencies
    • School Restructure Technical Assistance Providers
    • Chamber of Commerce Education Committees
    • Regional Foundations
    • What else?
  • 10. What’s In It For You?
    • Engaging business partners for:
      • Internships
      • Advisory Board members
      • Classroom speakers
      • Mentors
    • Helping recruit students for the academy
    • Communicating to parents and community members about your academy
    • Providing various technical assistance and professional development opportunities
    • Providing links to post secondary education, business and other employer partners, community based youth initiatives and government entities
    • Helping identify funding opportunities for academies
  • 11. What’s In It for the Intermediary?
    • Strong relationships to allow them to more easily and efficiently provide their services
    • Source of qualified students for future workforce needs
    • Interns and youth employees with positive attitudes, eager to learn, reliable
    • Ability to impact student success in their community
    • Relationship with strong national organization – Increase credibility for future funding
  • 12. Panel Questions
    • Introduce yourself and a bit about your intermediary
    • How are you connected to schools now – what do you provide?
    • What are you looking for from school partners and how do we contact you?
    • How do you find business and community partners that can work with us?
    • What roles do we/you play in a strong partnership?
  • 13. How Can I Get Connected?
    • Meet with local agencies that may provide these services
    • Check www.intermediarynetwork.org website for intermediary members in your community
    • Contact your NAF Regional Manager ( www.naf.org ; 212 635-2400); Charlie Katz ( [email_address] ; 517 896-0515) or Deanna Hanson ( [email_address] ; 916 296-4131)

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