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IPC PATHWAYS FUND

Supporting Internships and Career Guidance Resources for Low-Income, At Risk  High School Students

We’re excited to announce the formation of the the IPC Pathways Fund! The Fund will make grants to:
  • support low-income, at-risk students who choose internships
  • schools, to enhance career guidance resources available to low-income, at-risk students

Thank you Immanuel for inspiring the launch of the IPC Pathways Fund!

Immanuel Presbyterian Church makes grants from an Endowment Fund to groups and organizations that further the mission of the church.  The Planned Giving Committee selected the IPC Pathways Fund as one of the 2020 recipients.

We wouldn’t have launched the Fund without this generosity grant.  Thank you Immanuel!

Grant recipients were invited to record video thank yous to show during the Immanuel Legacy Sunday service on May 3.

“Many underrepresented students must work throughout high school and don’t have the luxury to accept unpaid internships. Compensating interns frees them up to fully engage in a valuable workplace learning experience while being able to meet their basic needs.

“High school is a critical period for students to start exploring what they enjoy, identifying their career goals and mapping out a plan for achieving them.”

                                                                   – Hechinger Report

Partnership with Communities In Schools of NOVA

 

The Harraseeket Foundation, which supports IPC Pathways, has developed a partnership with Communities in Schools of NOVA (“CIS).  CIS is part of Communities In Schools of Virginia, which is part of Communities in Schools, a highly regarded national charity with programs in school systems in 25 states and DC.  You can learn more about how the CIS programs work here.

 

“Internship programs not only help at risk students connect the dots between work and school, but also empower them to visualize college and career pathways they previously thought were unattainable.”

– Hechinger Report

“Financial barriers … often prevent low-income students from accessing high-quality internships, many of which are unpaid. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds may need a summer income in order to pay for college, leaving the career-rich opportunities unpaid internships provide off the table.”

           — Reducing Internship Inequity, published by American Ass’n of Colleges & Universities

Harraseeket’s partner for the Pathways Fund, Communities In Schools of Northern Virginia (CIS),  has tentatively selected students from Wakefield High School (Arlington) for Pathways Fund grants.  We also will support career guidance resources at CIS schools for students participating in CIS programs.

“High school is a critical period for students to start exploring what they enjoy, identifying their career goals and mapping out a plan for achieving them.”

– Hechinger Report

“Internships, paid or unpaid, contribute to a system that continuously disadvantages low-income and minority students.”

           – Unpaid Internships Perpetuate Financial Inequality, The Emory Wheel

How can you Support the Pathways Fund?

You can contribute to support IPC Pathways, including the Pathways Fund, IPC Pathways events and the Pathways Resource Map. Please consider making a donation on our donations page to support these activities.  Thank you!

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