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Internship – Job placement experience that allows students to apply their academic knowledge in work settings are a vital component of a college education. Proud Scholars will formalize the recruiting process for LGBT students to help connect them with companies that will support and value their diversity in a professional setting.
Career counseling - Career development is a lifelong process that should account for interests, abilities, values, personality, background, and circumstances. Proud Scholars is creating a structured approach to help students consider the factors related to making career, educational, and life decisions. The goal of Career Counseling is to not only help students make the decisions they need to make now, but to give them the knowledge and skills they need to make future career and life decisions.
Job Placement – Proud Scholars will partner with companies proactively to help students start of on the right track, and help give them access to more career opportunities.
Promoting companies - Your company is unique and important to us! As a sponsor Proud Scholars will work to enhance your organization’s visibility to students and community overall. We will do this by promoting sponsors through Career Fairs, networking events, job fairs, Student Clubs/Organizations, and other community events that will help us capture a dedicated audience.
Funding – Proud Scholars is building short and long term financial plans to help facilitate student financial aids. In addition to raising funds through our organization we are building a scholarship network that will enable students to take advantage of every opportunity to fund their education. This will also include specialized scholarships that are offered through other organizations that promote growth in specific industries.
For scholarships that are outside of the Proud Scholar organization, we will recruit interested students to help facilitate the external program. This will include communication, guidance and networking with the scholarship administration.
Mentorship – Proud Scholars is building a professional resource pool of experienced community volunteers to partner with students to help them through their educational and career decisions. If there are organizations in the community that provide these programs Proud Scholars will help foster a relationship between LGBT students and existing programs. A mentoring program is a process that always involves communication, is relationship based and is an informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development and is sustained over a period of time.