AYO Mentees Mourad and Umama (right) with Moe’s Original BBQ staff (left)
Over the summer, AYO partnered with two local organizations here in our Aurora Community. The first was with Moe’s Original BBQ to develop a job shadowing program for mentees enrolled in our mentoring program. The second partnership was created with Lincoln College of Technology to have AYO youth shadow students as they were in classes learning about automotive maintenance. Both opportunities started off as pilot programs, and now we are excited to share the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received.
Six gracious staff at Moe’s Original BBQ in Aurora volunteered to embark with us on a 1 month journey that had three AYO mentees come to their site and participate in job shadowing. Mentees gained practical work experiences as they shadowed kitchen managers, serving staff, and the general manager over the course of five sessions. The mentees learned a lot about how to operate professionally in a restaurant environment, as well as what it takes to get a job in the service industry. At the end of the experience, mentees were awarded a certificate indicating their time spent learning at Moe’s Original BBQ. This experience showed us how impactful mentoring in local businesses can be as now we have mentees better prepared for the working world and more confident to go and pursue a job.
While the job shadowing was taking place, we also had our program at Lincoln College of Technology in full swing. For our pilot program we had one mentee shadow two student ambassador mentors as they were in class. For 3 sessions, our mentee and mentors worked hard to learn more about automotive maintenance in the classroom. From observing the practicing of welding to learning more on how to fix diesel engines, our mentee was able to see the many different areas of automotive. With each session more impactful than the last, our mentee gave us some great news the last day we were on site. They are working with their school counselors to ensure they can graduate school and attend Lincoln College of Technology.
All in all, we at AYO are incredibly happy with the hard work that both Moe’s Original BBQ and Lincoln College of Technology put into these summer programs. We are also excited to work with them on what the next round of job and student shadowing will look like in the future. Our goal is to show youth the different options that are available to them for a career right here in their own backyard. If you are a local business that wants to get involved in our community mentoring initiative, we would love to talk to you more about how your work could benefit the life of a youth here in Aurora.
To learn more, contact Robert Mayper the Mentoring Partnership Coordinator at AYO.
Email: Robertmayper@aumhc.org Phone: 303-923-6512