Students at the charter school on the campus of Methodist Children’s Home are preparing for the future by participating in the LEAD program, a business and education partnership with the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. The program pairs high school students with volunteer mentors to educate and expose students to various business fields.
“Since we began this partnership last year, it has made a positive impact on our students,” said Dorothy Phillips, director of education at the MCH charter school. “Every month our students look forward to where the next tour will take them.”
Four charter school students along with their LEAD volunteers have been discussing higher education, potential career paths and exploring goals for their future. Grayson Meeks, one of the LEAD volunteers, shared that his father once worked at MCH.
“My dad always told me that working at MCH was his favorite job and I am excited to have the opportunity to share the same experience,” he said. “My students have gotten to see different careers that they have not known about. Each tour has provided them some insight into what they are capable of.”
LEAD volunteer Lindsey Breunig said, “I have grown up in the Methodist church and have had several experiences that introduced me to MCH that captured my interest in being part of the MCH community.”
The students have visited hospitals, hotels, nursing programs, and attended a goal-setting workshop.
“We might not visit a ‘dream job’ every time, but the visits always create an opportunity to discuss goals and dreams,” Breunig said.