This summer, 32 high school-aged youth from Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Cranston participated in six weeks of intensive workplace readiness training through the Young Voices Summer Workforce program. For over a decade, YV has provided youth with the unique opportunity to engage in highly relevant and meaningful industry projects through the support of caring professional mentors, all the while building their technical proficiency in skills such as interview etiquette and writing a resume. With our return to full in-person programming for the first time since 2019, youth and adults alike were eager to take part in hands-on, immersive experiences at worksites and centers of learning all across Rhode Island. We’re delighted to share some of those fun and unforgettable moments with you now!
Innovation Nation explored in-demand career trajectories in the STEM disciplines. Guided by URI Clinical Professor and Young Voices Board Member Dr. Tolani Olagundoye, youth gained an intimate familiarity with the facilities and course offerings at the University of Rhode Island, whether through getting up close and personal with livestock at Peckham Farm, or studying the neonatal care unit at the College of Life Sciences. Members of this industry project also visited tech-oriented workplaces such as Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) and International Game Technology (IGT) in downtown Providence to learn from the engineers, programmers, and architects behind Rhode Island’s civic and entertainment centers.