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Investing in Anaheim’s Future
Through Disneyland Resort’s workforce development program, Disney VoluntEARS provide inspiration and vital career readiness skills to hundreds of students and residents in Anaheim. In collaboration with the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) and several local nonprofits, Disney VoluntEARS provide mentorship, career presentations, and workshops to help develop and prepare tomorrow’s leaders.
With a focus on serving youth in our local community, the Resort supports the following organizations with programs and services that focus on career and education for Anaheim teens and young adults:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County
- Tiger Woods Foundation
- Anaheim Union High School District
- Taller San Jose Hope Builders
- United Way Orange County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County “Workplace Mentoring Program”
A three-year workplace mentorship program facilitated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, in which “Littles” from Savanna High School in Anaheim visit the Disneyland Resort once a month to meet with their “Big” for one-on-one and group facilitated activities geared towards character building, relationship development and academic success.
High School Career Mentorship Program
Opportunities for Anaheim’s future leaders to develop their professional skills, build their resumes, and obtain practical career learning experiences that will help prepare them to enter the workforce by job shadowing Disneyland Resort Cast Member mentors. High School Juniors from AUHSD schools apply for summer career mentorship opportunities through the AUHSD AIME Program (Anaheim’s Innovative Mentoring Experience). Students selected to participate in the program are mentored by Disneyland Resort professionals 24 hours per week over a five-week period.
Career Skills Development
Disney VoluntEARS Speaker’s Bureau
Members of the Speaker’s Bureau inspire and educate students by sharing their own career journey and providing insight into critical workplace and career advancement skills.
Disney VoluntEARS Professional Workshops
Workshop facilitators deliver activity-based presentations that provide students with engaging workforce readiness training in a variety of areas, such as interview skills, resume writing, networking and business etiquette.
Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) Programs
Our theme parks serve as a learning laboratory by providing a hands-on, educational adventure. Students practice teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving as a group and participate in one-of-a-kind learning moments using the magic of Disney. Programs are focused in leadership development and STEM.
Non-profit Capacity Building
Skills-based VoluntEAR Opportunities
Skilled Disney VoluntEARS are paired up with local non-profits to provide specialized support and development opportunities based on their areas of expertise.
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