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Explore, Dream, Discover
GPS Your Future, We Made History This Year!

Over 772 students from 15 Southern-California high schools embarked on ITEP's 8th annual GPS Your Future adventure at CSUDH, boasting the largest participation numbers to date!
  


Check out event highlights in our video!

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Invest in Youth, Support ITEP Scholarships!

Each year, we are proud to award scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 to deserving students. Last year, we awarded over $19,000 to seniors and alums. Interested alums,  apply by January 25, 2018. Invest in our youth's college and career dreams, sponsor a scholarship -  donate here.


A Night Amongst the Stars!
 
Join us
Thursday, March 22, 2018 for the 18th annual
Oceans of Opportunity Dinner and Scholarship Celebration.


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"Explore, Dream, Discover"
-Mark Twain

Over 772 students from 15 Southern-California high schools stepped away from their normal school activities Friday, October 13, to embark on International Trade Education Programs' 8th annual GPS Your Future adventure.  GPS Your Future has become ITEP's signature trademark event, advocating 9th and 10th grade high school students to explore career and education opportunities. Hosted in partnership with and located on the heart of the California State University Dominguez Hills campus, this year's affair boasted the largest participation numbers to date!

Master of Ceremonies, Viviana Vigil (actress, celebrity correspondent, and host), kicked off the full-day event with the welcome orientation: "It's always so exciting to see these bright young faces really interested." And interested they were!
 
Students navigated through an expo hall of exhibitors representing industries from Culinary Arts/Hospitality, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environmental, Finance, Global Logistics & Supply Chain, Government, Health, Law/Law Enforcement/Military, Trades and Utilities.

"It was a wonderful experience connecting with students," first time exhibitor and event sponsor Matthew Douglas of HSBC Bank USA, N.A. explained. "My whole team is looking forward to participating in future events with ITEP."

Eager students then steered their way to breakout sessions with guest speakers who reinforced the overall theme of "Sharing YOUR Journey with Students."
 
"All of the energy from the young people was great, I would absolutely participate again!" Ron Roberts Jr. of Griffith Company shared about his time speaking to students from Banning High School.

This year's event also featured an interactive area in which students had the opportunity for a hands-on learning with a Tesla Model X SUV walkthrough.

Check out event highlights in our video!

Check out event highlights in our video!

 
GPS Your Future expanded its  direction by introducing an outdoor interactive area promoting hands-on learning and additional fun. This innovative zone included a photo booth, DJ entertainment, games and raffles. And even though most of the students do not even have their driver's permit yet, that did not stop them from enjoying a behind the scenes experience with two Tesla Model X vehicles, learning about alternative energy vehicles.

Gustavo Mora, first time GPS guest speaker, shared his career journey and explained how he started his own law firm, the Law Offices of Gustavo Mora .

The  map for this year's success, was to  guide all of the attendees through a meaningful experience. With the focus on the students, the atmosphere was positively contagious as everyone  channeled students to  Explore, Dream, Discover.
 
"It [GPS Your Future] helped me think about my future and I learned new information about careers," sophomore student from Manual Arts High School affirmed.

TEAM ITEP would like to thank all  exhibitors, speakers, sponsors,
vendors and volunteers for donating their time and expertise to make a difference in the lives of ITEP students.
 
"I am absolutely thrilled with the work being done by TEAM ITEP," Amy Grat, ITEP's CEO, praised.
 
The  journey  does not stop here. Next year, we are  setting our sails  to include more industry partners and career activities. It's never too early to join the fun.  Sign up as an exhibitor, speaker or sponsor for  2018 GPS Your Future  today!

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One of last year's scholarship recipients, Andrew Espinoza from Barstow High School (pictured here), used his scholarship to support his education at the United States Air Force Academy.
Invest in Youth, Support ITEP Scholarships!

Each year, we work hard to award ITEP scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 to deserving students. One of last year's scholarship  recipients, Andrew Espinoza from Barstow High School, used his scholarship to support his education at the United States Air Force Academy. Investing in our youth is an opportunity where you can help to make a difference. If you would like to make a donation to our scholarship funds, please donate here or contact Gena Divine, ITEP Senior Development Manager, gena@itepinc.org  (424) 368-7100 ext. 109
 
ITEP alums are eligible to apply for a scholarship, please visit our website  to access the application and review eligibility criteria.
Application deadline: Thursday, January 25, 2018.

Scholarships will be presented at the 2018 Oceans of Opportunity Scholarship Dinner on Thursday, March 22, 2018 .

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A Night Amongst the Stars!
Oceans of Opportunity Dinner and Scholarship Celebration

It's that time of the year to celebrate the accomplishments of the brightest ITEP stars. Join us Thursday, March 22, 2018 at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angles 5pm - 9pm, as we highlight students and industry partners who have played a great role in ITEP's success. Proceeds from this event enables over 5,000 students to participate in career exploration activities, internships and industry mentoring. To make your commitment today,  download the pledge form  now.

2018 Honorees:

Keeper of the Flame
The Boeing Company


Partner of the Year (NEW!)
United States Coast Guard, Sector LA/LB

With your gift today, ITEP students will gain the skills and confidence needed to become tomorrow's leaders. 


 
 
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