ITEP - International Trade Education Programs
August Newsletter

On the first day of school, students share stories of their summer vacations and enjoying the lazy days of summer. Many ITEP students tell a different tale when they mention their first internship and real-life work experiences. For these students, the ITEP Internship can shape their future, expanding college and career possibilities. Summer 2017 ITEP interns are now entering into their senior year of high school with greater self-confidence and enhanced life and career skills that will help them stand out in the crowd. This month we are proud to introduce you to two of the 126 ITEP interns: Viviana and Mark.
We couldn't make this kind of impact on young people without the generosity of volunteers, donors, and community leaders. In the words of Dr. Seuss: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

Thank you for standing with ITEP students.

Amy and the ITEP team
ITEP Student Profile: Viviana 

Meet Viviana, an aspiring mechanical engineer and high school senior. Viviana first discovered engineering through ITEP's Robotics Program, powered by Phillips 66.
Viviana wanted to take part in activities that would help prepare her for a future in engineering, but her family's financial situation made that challenging. At times, she even doubted herself. Through ITEP's programs, Viviana was able to find the preparation, encouragement, and support she needed.
This summer, Viviana embarked upon her ITEP internship in the Port of Los Angeles Engineering Division, where she gained valuable work experience, and found caring mentors to guide and support her towards her goals.

Where it all began... Viviana first explored engineering concepts by participating in ITEP's Robotics Program, powered by Phillips 66.
Viviana and fellow ITEP intern,  Mayeli, with their colleagues and mentors from the Port of Los Angeles, Engineering Division.

ITEP Student Profile: Mark

Meet Mark.

Now entering his senior year at Narbonne High School, Mark already has a resume that proudly boasts America's Port.
Upon completing his ITEP summer internship with the Los Angeles Port Police, he reflected on his journey:
"Coming into ITEP's program, I didn't know what to expect. The only thing I knew was that at the end, there would be a paid internship - but ITEP is much more than that. In this program, I have learned skills that will prepare me for life during and after my senior year.
Through ITEP's program, I have learned how to speak to someone in a professional manner, how to dress in business attire, how to behave professionally, how to create a resume, and how to conduct myself during an interview. Also, during my internship with the Los Angeles Port Police, I learned how to manage my time, stay organized, and stay focused. 
ITEP has taught me the difference between having a job and having a career. A job is where you work just to get a paycheck. When you have a career, your goal is to not only get the task done, but also to learn new skills, gain experiences, build connections, and put yourself in a position for promotions."

Top row: Los Angeles Port Police staff members
Bottom row: Mark and fellow ITEP interns
Industry Profile: Watson Land Company

Watson Land Company's roots in the community go back over two centuries to California's first Spanish land grant, the Rancho San Pedro. As a developer, owner, and manager of master planned industrial properties in Southern California and on the East Coast, Watson Land Company has been a longtime supporter of ITEP and a true partner in helping transform the lives of ITEP students. Their commitment to the Carson community and youth development has included active involvement in the ITEP Industry Coaching Program, hosting local area interns, sponsoring program events, and serving on the advisory board for Carson High School's Global Business, Law, and Government Academy. In addition, their team has been active in connecting ITEP with local companies to serve as volunteers and speakers for the ITEP Internship Program and they were instrumental in helping Mililani, an ITEP student, receive a Gates Millennium Scholarship in 2016.
In 2015, ITEP recognized Pilar Hoyos, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Watson Land Company, for her dedication to philanthropy and community outreach with a Bill Stein Memorial Leadership Award. We are proud to partner with Watson Land Company each year, empowering ITEP students in our shared community.

Pictured here is Matthew Means, Vice President of Asset Management for Watson Land Company, and his mentees. Matthew is just one of the volunteer mentors from Watson Land Company that participated in this year's ITEP Industry Coaching Program.
ITEP students from LAUSD schools at their summer internships.
Congratulations, ITEP Interns!

Another successful year of the ITEP Internship Program has come to an end. 
126 students from LAUSD, Downey Unified School District, and Barstow Unified School District earned resume-worthy work experience and essential skills at more than 69 worksites that will lead them toward academic and career success.

Thank you to all host employers, generous funders, educators, and families who stand behind these amazing young people. Thank you for your support, your dedication, and your belief in creating brighter futures for ITEP students.

Feedback from participating host employers:
Pictured here are ITEP interns, Brian and  Jocelyn, and their team at GRID Alternatives.
This year's Internship Program Culmination celebration was held on August 3rd at the Battleship USS Iowa Museum. View more event photos here. 
Congratulations, ITEP interns from Barstow High School!
Downey Unified School District students on the job at their ITEP internships.
Photo credit: Matthew "Nacho" Ward, Stay Studio, and Bayha Group.
Thank you to all our 2017 Internship Program Partners:

Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority
Harbor Association of Industry & Commerce
John Gogian Family Foundation
The Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles
Pacific Gateway
Paul Courtney/PACE Services
Phillips 66
South Bay Workforce Investment Board
The UPS Foundation
Watson Land Company

Upcoming Events

If you are interested in participating as an exhibitor or breakout session speaker at this year's GPS Your Future, now is the time to secure your spot.  Please contact Genetric Brown.   

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring the event or enabling a group of students to participate, please contact Gena Divine.

Save the Date!

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

We are grateful for the continued support of our lead partners: