Engaging eager young workers isn't just good for business: it is good business.
We make it easy.
The Career Exploration Initiative connects Bainbridge Island youth and businesses for work-based learning opportunities that benefit our students, employers, and community.
As a high school student approaching graduation, you're asked to make life-impacting decisions, often with little concrete experience or information. Should you continue your education at a four- or two-year university or college? Should you learn a trade? Enter the workforce? What career pathway feels exciting and rewarding to you?
The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island and Bainbridge Youth Services believe these decisions should be as informed as possible. Working in collaboration, we designed the Career Exploration Initiative to equip our students in their decision-making processes.
We create work-based learning through three programs that occur during the academic summer break.
Summer Internship Program: Paid and unpaid; duration and hours per day determined by employers
Job Shadow Program: Spend up to a day focused on what a specific job really entails
Coffee & Careers Program: Spend up to 90 minutes sharing valuable experience and expertise—with free coffee or tea at a local cafe!
“I learned a lot about horticulture in a non-traditional setting and was exposed to a lot of great people. I also had the opportunity to stay busy and earn $$!”