“It definitely feels like a family here,” Sydney reflected. Sydney will be greatly missed as part of the Common Wealth Development crew. Her contributions to the organization over the past one and a half years as a Youth Employment Specialist were instrumental in supporting the Youth Workforce Development Programs during a time of tremendous transformation.
Sydney facilitated five sessions of the Youth-Business Mentoring Program at East and Memorial high schools, mentored 60 youth in the Youth-Business Mentoring Program, and worked with 16 youth in the 2018 Wanda Fullmore Youth Internship program. The highlight of her work was witnessing “students’ happiness when they get a job,” an outcome that was a major focus of Sydney’s creativity and commitment. The Youth Business Employment Program guarantees teens a job at successful program completion. Last year alone, 128 students were hired in area businesses through this program.
With each youth Sydney worked with, she established an open and trusting relationship that helped her mentees grow and meet their personal, academic, and employment goals. Her talent of connecting with youth, their families, and other support systems in their network truly enriched these mentorships. Sydney is always willing to listen and lend a hand. Her dedication and work ethic will be of great value to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where she is taking on a social work role as a Treatment Foster Care Worker. We wish her well in this next chapter!