Young people many times lack the work experience required for many job opportunities in the world today. In order to combat this problem, students need work-based learning. Through work-based learning, students gain the knowledge, skills, and experience needed for advancement in an array of career fields. But an even bigger problem remains, low-income students and opportunity youth, do not receive as many work-based learning opportunities as their middle to upper class peers.
Unfortunately, passionate educators, working with low-income students, do not have the time and resources to secure work-based learning opportunities, for every student, while tracking their development.
Pointii is going to change that. With our partnership, schools will have help in contacting businesses who are willing to take on students for jobs, internships, tours, and other work-based learning opportunities. Additionally, students will be able to prepare for first time work experiences through our simple career-readiness modules helping students to build elevator pitches, understand strengths and skills, and learn about professional interaction among others. As students begin to understand their strengths and skills and align it with career interests and perform in the workplace, educators are able to track their development and see evaluations complete by worksite supervisors.
The benefits of work-based learning are clear, but unfortunately, those opportunities are missed in areas that need it most. Our goal is simple and that is to increase the economic mobility and career prospects of low-income and low-skilled students. Below shows how we have done just that since our launch in late 2014.
Pointii has provided thorough input and assistance in making our priorities matter. Students have been satisfied of the chance to pursue their career, and begin life as young professionals in the workplace. Furthermore, their response rate is just as quick as students receiving career opportunities.
Pointii is easy to use for students and professionals alike. Clicking on a link to submit a brief recommendation provides professionals with time to do other things, which in todays’ fast-paced educational setting is priceless. My students who have used Pointii and secured internships have expressed excitement about their future, engagement in their placement experience, and appreciation for the opportunity. Two thumbs up from this School Counselor!
The Pointii platform and process is extremely simple. Our students are better prepared for first time work experiences, and with help from Pointii, our students are exposed to a variety of careers through engaging experiential tours.
I’ve never seen our young men so motivated and willing to learn. They’re connected to professionals who open up their eyes to the professional world and most times become their professional mentors. We are excited about the present, and even more about the future. Thanks again, Pointii!