Job Shadow Day is a national initiative that was launched in 1998 as part of “America’s Promise.” The intent of this initiative is to bring students into the workplace and provide them with the opportunity to experience the workworld firsthand and make that connection between school and career. Students engage in early career exploration that leads to better informed choices by “shadowing” employees in the workplace and employers have the opportunity to present career options to potential future employees. For many years now, NOVA, in collaboration with the City of Sunnyvale, has hosted a Job Shadow Day for the community’s disadvantaged youth. This year, Job Shadow Day was held on March 27 and was another big success!
Twenty students, who were mostly sophomores and juniors, participated from Fremont High School’s “Academic Foundations” class, an afterschool program for students struggling with academics and truancy that provides customized tutoring for subjects for which they need additional assistance and training in life skills. The day began with a special orientation session that was held at Sunnyvale’s Public Safety Headquarters. Sunnyvale Mayor Jim Griffith welcomed participants, which was followed by several speakers from Sunnyvale city departments that included Public Safety, Environmental Services and Parks. Following the orientation, participants proceeded to their job shadow sites hosted by the City departments of Community Services — Recreation Division, Environmental Services, the Library, Parks, Public Safety and NOVA. The event concluded with lunch, wrap-up and a group photo.
Support for this event came from the City and a grant from Foothill College’s Silicon Valley Community Collaborative. NOVA would like to thank the City of Sunnyvale for its contributions to the lives of these young people, which will help them positively shape future career prospects.