Our Bridge – The Weaver Zone Boys & Girls Club hosted Tipping The Scales’ annual Interview Day. Over 25 Jacksonville industry and health care professionals, representing employers such as Baptist Health, UF Health and JEA, conducted interviews for 75 Tipping The Scales members to prepare them for the workforce.
We enlisted the expertise of industry professionals who volunteered to host the interviews, ensuring students experienced an authentic interview. Students came prepared, dressed in professional attire, their resumes ready and a grading rubric where they would be scored on five criteria, including dress, communication skills, body language and how well they answered questions.
Chelsea has been in the Tipping The Scales program for two years and completed an 8-week jobs skills learning program. She was then selected for job placement at a hospital. She chose UF Health Shands, where she worked in the Rapid Response Department for the summer. “It opens up opportunities you have never had before, and you have to do things you have never done before,” recalled Chelsea.
The site-based job skills training program has helped Chelsea make an informed decision about her future career. “I always knew I wanted to help people. I discovered I wanted to become a politician because I saw some of the patients’ poverty and I now want to fight for health care rights.”
Tipping The Scales is a site-based, one-on-one mentoring program open to all Boys & Girls Club members in 8th and 9th grade. Students are paired up with a mentor for up to five years and during that time, students shadow their mentors at their workplace, discuss career opportunities, learn new skills, and have someone to listen to them when they need to talk. When students aren’t meeting with their mentors, they attend communication classes and meet with a chaplain for spirituality classes.
Once a student is 16 years old, they have the opportunity to enroll in an 8-week job skills learning program which opens up the opportunity to work at Baptist Health or UF Health for up to 40 hours, during the summer.
Jonelle is a registered nurse at Baptist Health. She first learned about the program two years ago when two Tipping The Scales students worked in her department over the summer. She saw first-hand the impact the program had on the students and now she is a mentor. “One of the students who interned in my department went off to nursing school and wants to come back and work in our department. The other intern discovered she wanted to work on the legal side of healthcare.”
To learn more about Tipping The Scales Program, contact Angie Johnson, Tipping The Scales Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org