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Discovering identity and a possible career path

True2You, a collaborative career exploration/volunteer mentoring program for 800 Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) eighth-graders was launched last week with a kickoff event at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Many thanks to the volunteer mentors from GCP-member companies, including The Lubrizol Corporation, Medical Mutual, KeyBank and The Sherwin-Williams Company, who attended the launch event

The students’ day included interactive sessions with author of The New York Times best-seller, “Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success,” and nationally known motivational speaker Stedman Graham (photo right).

The discussion focused on the importance of self-knowledge and self-esteem as the way to overcome peer pressure and daily stresses. The book is an integral part of the True2You curriculum.

True2U—created by the Cleveland Foundation’s youth development program, My Com, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), provides CMSD eighth-graders with support to explore their purpose, identify their strengths and set personal goals for success. The GCP is the lead business partner for True2U and is coordinating the participation of more than 100 business professionals as volunteer mentors for the program.
NOTE: At this time, all mentors for the 2015-2016 school year have been confirmed. If you would like to sign up to be a mentor for the 2016-2017 school year or added as an alternate in case a need for additional mentors arises during the school year, please visit the GCP website and fill out the online registration form.