Every summer when KidsTek participates in Aurora Youth 4 Success, we have the wonderful opportunity to share a wide variety of skills with the students. We focus on applicable life-skills to prepare our students for real-world situations. This past week, KidsTek hosted four professionals to help the students experience mock job interviews.
The day began with a lunch where the students were able to mingle with the guests. Our interviewers consisted of Sean Stroh, who works in marketing and PR, Robert Franklin, who is the Diversity, Health Equity & Inclusion Program Manager at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Mackenzie Meacham who manages a Caribou Coffee in Aurora, and Richard Liner who is the former KidsTek Executive Director and current board chair. After lunch, the students were each able to rotate through two practice interviews. The day wrapped with a interviewer panel, where the guests shared feedback and also some of their own interview experiences.
With a wide variety of careers, the interviewers did a great job at providing diverse experiences and feedback for the students. Aurora Youth 4 Success student Daniella said, “I learned it’s important to not only ask questions to your interviewer, but to also ask questions to people who have been interviewed before. Practicing with KidsTek has helped me know what to expect and helped me feel ready for my first job interview.” …which Daniella deliberately scheduled for the day after our mock interview exercise!
KidsTek Program Specialist Casey McCoy was the mastermind behind much of the planning for this day and when reflecting of the experience, said, “I can’t think of a better way to end our program at AY4S. The students were so nervous at the beginning of the day, but even after just their first interview you could see each one become so much more confident. Seeing the students grow in these past three weeks was an amazing experience and I can’t wait until next year!”