GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – This week’s Connecting with Community Award finalist is the last for this year’s campaign.
It partners associates from Steel Mill with kids from East Kentwood High School. The program, Youth and Business, was an opportunity for Mill Steelers to give back to their community – to meet with a teen dealing with the pressures of high school is possibly at-risk or just someone who needs support.
Steel Mill associates take a group of East Kentwood High School students and bring them to Mill Steel. Their employees come up and interrupt their workday ten times throughout the school year to meet one-on-one with each of the students.
Mill Steel is a national steel service center, and is one of the largest in the country. They’ve had a relationship with D.A. Blodgett-St John’s for over 30 years.
Mill Steel employees work with the teens and teach them what it’s like to be in a workplace setting. It offers the teens a chance to come into an office to see what those skills they’ll need as professionals.
Students like Famo Jama find the program to be very special.
“The mentors here are very nice,” she said. “They’ll give you a mentor and that mentor will be like sister and also like a coach. You’ll feel more comfortable each time you come here.”