PunkHire hopes to partner with local companies to create various temporary rotational employment opportunities for high school seniors. In addition, PunkHire aims to provide additional short programs, such as summer camps, hands-on training, and various professional development workshops. PunkHire plans to demonstrate new creative resume and interviewing techniques by using today's technology to innovate the way young adults apply for employment.
Punks 2 Professionals Program (P2P)
PunkHire introduces the Punks 2 Professionals program, a ten-month rotational internship program where a handful of high school seniors will be selected to rotate through various temporary occupations with the goal of exposing them to different professional fields. PunkHire hopes to partner with the Benicia School District, specifically Benicia High School and Liberty High School. The organization will seek partnership and support from several local companies to provide work experience to selected high school seniors. Students will rotate every eight to ten weeks to different occupations over the ten-month period, working three hours after school and earning at least minimum wage. Students will be encouraged to save a portion of their earnings to learn the benefits of financial management. Students who demonstrate the discipline to do so will be rewarded for their patience and foresight. Students will also be required to document their work experience and provide a presentation for each rotation.
PunkHire will be responsible for creating an agenda for students to follow, mapping out their specific rotations for the entire year. Local companies partnering with the organization will be responsible for assigning an employee volunteer to mentor a student for three hours a day for eight to ten weeks. The mentor's responsibilities will be to show the students proper safety procedures, educate them on the field they are working in by providing them hands on experience, as well as offer them encouragement. This program will also consist of multiple events that include resume building, professional development, and presentation giving events.
Coming soon to a city near you! Benicia - Fall of 2014
Summer Mosh Week
PunkHire plans to implement a summer program for one week, starting in the summer of 2013 where students will learn about various professions and engage in activities that will teach them about career opportunities. These fields may include engineering, medical, business, law, public service, and media. PunkHire's staff along with volunteers will conduct the program with assistance from professionals in these various fields. These volunteers will directly work with students, exposing them to their respective professions for an approximate timeframe of six to eight hours each day during this week.
Depending on what field students will be learning about that day, students and volunteers will meet at related facilities such as refineries, hospitals, fire departments, etc. Upon arrival, students will check in with volunteers, spending the entire duration of the approximate six to eight hours learning about that specific field. In the initial stages of the program, PunkHire will dedicate a full day for students to learn about one specific profession/field, where students will then return the next day to learn about another profession/field. They will continue this routine for the five-day duration of the Summer Mosh Program, where five different professional fields will be taught. A required fee may apply to enroll in the Summer Mosh Program to fund the necessary expenses such as facility costs, training equipment, materials, food, etc.
Open Enrollment Starts Summer 2014
PunkHire will implement professional development seminars for approximately a few hours each month. PunkHire, along with volunteers, will provide tutorials for current high school seniors which will include showing students resume techniques, interview skills, interpersonal communication skills and various other methods and tips. These tutorials' aim will be to increase student's professionalism that they can use while they obtain work experience and apply for future jobs. The tutorials will take place during an evening or weekend, once a month where students and volunteers will meet at designated classrooms within their respective high school or other facilities.