Find Your Future is proud to announce we are entering our 10th year of serving youth who have had a legal relationship with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) through our intensive and highly competitive 10- week summer internship program.
Find Your Future's mission is to provide college students formerly in DCFS care the same opportunities as every other college graduate; to have a successful entrance into the workforce. We accomplish this mission through three components:
Rigorous internship experience
For ten weeks approximately 30 students will confirm they have chosen the right academic concentration and career path through out internship providers assistance and guidance. Participating internship providers will provide full-time internships, job shadowing, and a plethora of resources and networks in their field of interest. Students perform a minimum 37.5 hours per week and confidently walk-away with valuable knowledge and experience to reference on their resume. If you are interested in becoming an internship provider click here.
Simultaneously the students will attend a rigorous job readiness training program. Prior to starting the internship, students are required to attend orientation and an office etiquette workshop. The remaining workshops begin the first week of the internship. The job readiness training portion includes workshops such as: financial literacy, team-building exercise, volunteer activity, resume writing and interviewing, business dinner etiquette and professional networking.
Alternative activities and workshops are available to students to develop other skills and strengthen their peer-to-peer network. These activities include, but are not limited to: additional volunteer activities, walk/run 5k, self-defense class, MLB game, etc. Students are provided a complete schedule no later than May 30th.
Two types of mentoring occur throughout the 10-week program: peer-to-peer and professional. Each activity or workshop provides an opportunity for both. Over Find Your Future's rich nine-year history we have established a strong professional volunteer group. If you or your organization is interested in becoming a professional volunteer or mentor please click here.