The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative (MVYLI) held its 4th annual Job Shadow Day on Friday, February 7 2014. Martha’s Vineyard Regional High school students spent the day paired with professionals in fields ranging from medicine to fashion design. At the end of the day, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital hosted a reception for the students, who shared their experiences with mentors, family, and supporters.
The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative hosted its 3rd Annual Job Shadow Day on February 1, 2013. This year MVYLI youth aspire to become an event planner, international marketing, college professor, software writer, business manager, a photographer, physical therapist and sign language specialist, public relations-communications director, international affairs, politician, and CSI forensic specialist and a translator at the United Nations.
The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative held the Second Annual Job Shadow Day on February 2, 2012. MVYLI youth were matched with Vineyard businesses to have first-hand experience about jobs in their fields of interest. These young people aspire to become architects, economists, engineers, doctors, nurses, small farm lobbyists, environmental scientists, financial services and international relations.
Our goal is to give youth a positive experience of the world of work, promote a good work ethic, and develop longer-lasting relationships that contribute to the Island’s economy. It’s a good investment in their future and ours. It could lead to possible internships, apprenticeships and jobs. This project is in partnership with the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.
Featured in the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Newsletter: Summer 2011
Students Come In to Be Shadows For On-the-Job Work Experience, Vineyard Gazette, Feb. 4, 2011
Each February, the National Groundhog Job Shadow Day gives young people a new perspective on their studies through hands-on learning and a one-day mentoring experience. It is a joint effort of America’s Promise – Alliance for Youth, Junior Achievement, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Nationwide, more than one million students and 100,000 businesses participate, and last year, more than 2,000 restaurants and hotels hosted nearly 20,000 students.
The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative’s mission is to develop the next generation of leaders. MVYLI’s year round programs include Job Shadow Day, College Prep & Field Program, Governor’s Youth Council, Cape & Islands Youth Congress, NAACP Juneteenth Conference, Sustainable Vineyard 2020 & Map Project Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development. MVYLI is a project of the Stone Soup Leadership Institute, a 501©3 organization founded in 1997 on Martha’s Vineyard. The Institute has collaborated with theorganizers of the National Job Shadow Day in other communities over the last seven years.