Such a simple question that is so hard to answer. Did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up? Did you have a plan for how to achieve your career goals? Imagine how hard these questions are for teens who don’t have positive role models.

Students learn things such as how their digital footprint can impact their lives as adults, how many companies offer significant employee benefits like tuition assistance, and how to turn their interests into a life-long vocation.

One way that business, non-profits and educators are coming together to support students is through public-private collaborations. Currently, the U.S. high school graduation rate is just above 80 percent and unemployment is at 5.6 percent. While the graduation rate has gone up over the last few years and the unemployment rate has gone down, these movements have been gradual. Together, we can continue to make positive change.

A great example of this type of collaboration is the JA Job Shadow™ program Junior Achievement is doing with AT&T in more than 50 markets across the U.S. for teens. During JA Job Shadow, teens work with their teacher to learn and practice work-readiness concepts like how to prepare a resume, interview for a job and other skills that can help them climb the ladder of success. Students learn about a myriad of job opportunities leading them to understand that there are possibilities that align with their interests. The students also visit an AT&T location for a day to work with a mentor, or a connector, to apply their new skills.

AT&T mentors guide students along the way during the visit and share their own personal and professional experiences to inspire the students to reach for the stars. Students learn things such as how their digital footprint can impact their lives as adults, how many companies offer significant employee benefits like tuition assistance, and how to turn their interests into a life-long vocation. This program is part of the AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy, which has a goal of providing 1 million employee volunteer hours by the end of 2016.

Junior Achievement is proud to showcase its work with the Aspire Mentoring Academy in this new video that includes student, teacher and AT&T mentor testimonials. It is clear how much the students value the time that the adults spend with them.

Learn more at www.ja.org.

This blog post originally appeared on Junior Acievement.

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