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ITEP - International Trade Education Programs
October Newsletter
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
- Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!
I've always loved the wit and wisdom of Dr. Seuss - first as a child and later as a parent reading to my own kids. Today, in my role with ITEP, I get renewed inspiration from the Doctor every time I read those famous lines from Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Life is an exhilarating and terrifying journey that brings ups and downs, failures and successes "98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed." What I love about ITEP is that we get to help young people navigate this journey with confidence and capability. Together, we help them reach their mountains. 

So, take a moment to enjoy some of the highlights from this last month, and don't ever forget...

"Today is your day! 
Your mountain is waiting.
So... get on your way!"

Thank you!

Amy and the ITEP team
P.S. Please save the date for ITEP's Oceans of Opportunity Dinner and Scholarship Celebration, set for Thursday, March 23, 2017! Please  contact us to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
GPS Your Future 2016 Infographic
GPS Your Future Welcomes 653 ITEP Students and Keynote Speaker, Stedman Graham
The biggest career exploration event took place on October 14th at Cal State University Dominguez and filled an expo hall, various breakout sessions, and one gym with 653 ITEP students! Keynote speaker, Stedman Graham spoke to students about taking charge to create their own identities and working hard to create success.

Here's what attendees said about their experience:
"Stedman Graham and ITEP make me believe I can do anything." 
      - Student from Barstow High School 

"This event helped me learn how to plan my future."
      - Student from Phineas Banning High School 
"GPS was the definition of everything we try to bring our students year-round and it was all delivered in one day! My students were so thankful... they now have a greater idea of what to expect post-high school and from employers."
     - Danaelle Arroyo,  Teacher, Environmental and Social Policy Magnet High School

A special thank you to all our partners: California State University Dominguez Hills, The Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Linked Learning (AMETLL) Consortium, Los Angeles Community College District, Linked Learning Los Angeles, California Community Colleges - Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy hosted by Long Beach City College, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), Watson Land Company, Comerica Bank, Phillips 66, and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

We would also like to acknowledge Lisa Wang, Kristin Andress, Ann Burckle, all exhibitors, speakers, volunteers, and teachers/chaperones for making this event our largest and most successful to date! 

Get involved early! Participate in next year's GPS Your Future event as a sponsor, exhibitor, or speaker. Contact us today
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Stedman Graham interacts with ITEP students during his keynote session at GPS Your Future.
ITEP Alum Spotlight: Mayra Corrales

Take a look at what ITEP alums have been up to since graduating from high school. You've helped them succeed and we celebrate their achievements together. 
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Mayra Corrales
Phineas Banning High School '14

Where she is now:
Junior at California State University Maritime Academy studying 
Business Administration / International Business & Logistics.

What Mayra wants to share with you:
My parents did not go past middle school and neither of my brothers attended college. Because of this, college never really crossed my mind. 

Fortunately because of ITEP, I was able to see that there was more out there than just the whole 9 miles of Wilmington. 

During my ITEP internship at the Port of Los Angeles, Captain Jim Morgan gave a presentation about Cal Maritime and I knew that was the school for me. I want to give back upon my graduation and pursue a career in the maritime industry. I would also love to serve as a mentor to a high school student.
ITEP students from Gardena HS visit Korean Air
LAX Welcomes the Next Generation of Air Cargo Professionals
Thirteen ITEP students from Gardena High School received a first-hand look of the air cargo business. During a recent visit to LAX, students received a terminal tour of Korean Air and learned about the many careers in the air cargo industry. Their trip also included a visit to the Flight Path Museum where they learned about the history of aviation and received a briefing by Ross Vitale of LAX Community Relations.  

A very special thank you to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), Korean Air, Flight Path Museum, LA Chamber of Commerce - World Trade Week, Kevin Mun of Korean Air, and Ross Vitale of Los Angeles World Airports. 

Contact us today to engage ITEP students through a career exploration field trip or job shadow experience! 
ITEP Oceans of Opportunity 2017
Mark Your Calendar for ITEP's Premier Event of the Year!

Oceans of Opportunity Dinner and Scholarship Celebration
Thursday, March 23, 2017
at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles
112 E. 22nd Street, San Pedro, CA. 90731

Additional details to come soon.
Sponsorships are now available. Reserve yours today!

For more information, please contact Gena Divine, Senior Development Manager, via email or at  (424) 368-7100 ext. 109.
ITEP students at the Earning the Right Conference 2016
ITEP students from Phineas Banning High School participate in a breakout session during the Earning the Right conference hosted by L.A. Harbor College.
Earning the Right to Lead
Every year more than 100 students from Phineas Banning High School's International Trade Academy participate in the Earning the Right Conference. The event serves as an official welcome for new students in the ITEP-supported academy. This year, the conference was moved off the high school campus and into L.A. Harbor College.

Students spent the morning team-building and networking with board members and their peers. The afternoon was spent in breakout sessions where they learned about careers in finance, marketing, the public sector, and STEM. Students also participated in a session led by ITEP alumni to learn about life after high school and the college experience through the eyes of alums.
A big thank you to L.A. Harbor College, especially Michael Caress and Priscilla Lopez. We would also like to acknowledge Sergio Carrillo of Carrillo Strategies, Patrick Wilson of Fast Lane Transportation, Captain Heyman of Los Angeles Maritime Institute, Captain Louttit of Marine Exchange of Southern California, Captain Sam Jebananthan of Metro Ports, Phineas Banning High School faculty and staff: Principal Rudy Mendoza, Assistant Principal Griselda Espinoza, Leticia Finley, Alexis Antonio, and Jaqueline Espinoza. Last, but certainly not least: ITEP alumni and all breakout session speakers: Daniella Ruiz of APL; Ann Lee Carpenter of Braid Theory, Inc.; Gabriela Medina from the City of Los Angeles, Council District 15; Gregg Garcia of Providence Industries; and Margarito Rodriguez of Windes.
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Kathy O'Malley
ITEP's Grant Writer
Staff Spotlight: Kathy O'Malley
Meet Kathy, ITEP's Grant Writer. 

Her question:
What is your definition of success?
Her response:
My definition of success is knowing at the end of the day I put forth the best possible effort to be a good wife, mom, and productive ITEP team member.

Need to reach Kathy? Email her or contact her via phone: (424) 368-7100 ext. 108.
ITEP students at NYLF in Washington DC 2016
ITEP students from Phineas Banning High School pose in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC during their recent trip to the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF). 
ITEP Photo of the Month
Thanks to Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, 18 ITEP students from Phineas Banning High School participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) in Washington DC. During the conference, students participated in workshops and real-world simulations focused on national security. 

A very special thank you to Pasha, especially Jeff Burgin and the many ITEP supporters who continue to fund this memorable trip year after year.
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