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November 28, 2017 > Fremont non-profit kickstarts careers with mentoring advice

Fremont non-profit kickstarts careers with mentoring advice

Submitted By GiveTeens20

GiveTeens20 is a Fremont based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides teens with no-cost, easy to use tools and resources to encourage and equip them in finding their career Ôfit.Õ

Recently, the Silicon Valley Business Journal highlighted the organizationÕs success by featuring GiveTeens20 in their November 3, 2017 online magazine. In that article, Kathy Laidlaw, GT20 founder explained, ÒWe create change by helping teens find areas of personal strength and interest while in high school, giving them a heightened willingness to invest energy and attention because they have found a direction that Ôlights them up.ÕÓ

GiveTeens20 provides relevant advice, life lessons and classroom mentoring to high school students. Programs are separated into presentations for freshmen, career project, and junior/senior boot camp. As they graduate, teens face many choices in how best to navigate becoming a self-sufficient adult. GT20 programs help young adults assess their interests, explore their options, determine the right paths, and help them figure out how to take action. Students are asked to do two thingsÑknow themselves through honest self-assessment (free tool provided), and learn about careers where they now know they have an interest. Each class receives grade-level appropriate material to equip them in making directional choices that will increase academic and community engagement.

GiveTeens20Õs four to five-minute videos, available at, are a result of asking adults succeeding in their chosen fields to ÒGive teens 20 minutes and answer three questions:Ó

¥ What made you choose your career?
¥ How did you get here?
¥ What is the best piece of advice you would give a teen who wants to do what you are doing?

GiveTeens20Õs website is available to all. The in-class presentation can be delivered anywhere within the Bay Area with plans to expand throughout California.

The mentoring organization is the appreciative recipient of an ongoing $50k matching grant through The San Diego Foundation, so Giveteens20 works year-round to maximize donations to take full advantage of this grant.

One suggested form of support is to sponsor a full day of GT20 classroom presentations (five periods) for $300, which includes materials and an instructor. Or, fund a career interview video; only $1,500 funds one video. A minimum of four interviews is conducted per host company, so you can fund a full day for $6,000 and quadruple your impact!

If you are interested in volunteering, visit GiveTeens20 website at For more information, email Read the Silicon Valley Business Journal article here:

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