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Teach to Work: How a Mentor, a Mentee, and a Project Can Close the Skills Gap in America

Teach to Work: How a Mentor, a Mentee, and a Project Can Close the Skills Gap in America

by Patty Alper
Teach to Work: How a Mentor, a Mentee, and a Project Can Close the Skills Gap in America

Teach to Work: How a Mentor, a Mentee, and a Project Can Close the Skills Gap in America

by Patty Alper


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The United States is abundantly rich in adults with "know how." By connecting mentors — educated adults with expertise and knowledge — with mentees — teens and young adults who lack motivation, experience, and role models in their lives — we can begin to close this gap dramatically. We can prepare the next generation for the jobs of tomorrow by adding real-world, project based experience to their education.

Teach to Work is a call to action for mentors currently sitting on the sidelines. Whether you are a banker, lawyer, architect, accountant, engineer, IT specialist, or artist, you have the experience and skillset to become an ambassador of talent, grit, and transferable skills. The book provides a step-by-step guide to help professionals share their knowledge with the next generation of workers through this intergenerational experience.

Based on Alper’s fifteen years of mentoring inner-city high-school students, Teach to Work proves how corporations, professionals, and boomers can have a significant impact on the professional future of America’s youth. Drawing from real-life stories and letters received from students, teachers, and fellow mentors describing pride of accomplishment, Alper helps professionals embark on this journey to transform lives, mentoring one student at a time.

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ISBN-13: 9781629561622
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Patty Alper is president of the Alper Portfolio Group, a marketing and consulting company, and is a board member of both the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and US2020, the White House initiative to build mentorship in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. She has also been appointed to the corporate committee for Million Women Mentors. Patty's experiences have led her to roles as a prominent speaker and the author of Teach to Work: How a Mentor, a Mentee, and a Project Can Close the Skills Gap in America. Patty's 35-year career in business, coupled with two decades of hands-on experience working directly with youth, uniquely qualifies her to understand the growing skills gap from both perspectives: the employers who seek to build a pipeline and hire better-prepared youth for twenty-first century jobs, and the youth who are often ill-equipped or ill-trained to enter the new workforce.

In her book and speaking engagements, Patty describes how Project Based Mentorship® brings together corporate employees, retirees, and businesses as a corps of knowledge practitioners, with the common goal of passing on skills to the next generation. Patty draws on her extensive philanthropic work to bring the business and education sectors together meaningfully, building on the strength of each to close the skills gap. A trustee of the Alper Family Foundation for the last 18 years, Patty's unique approach to entrepreneurial mentorship has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post (twice), TIME, and Philanthropy Magazine.

Through her services on the national board of NFTE, Patty's vision served as the groundwork for the Adopt-a-Class program she founded in 2001. During her years of service at NFTE, she invited countless business leaders to join her in a mentoring capacity, helping teachers across the country inspire and coach entrepreneurship students on their business plans. Shortly after college, Patty spent five years working with incarcerated, runaway, and suicidal youth in Iowa's Youth Detention System, and she served as a counselor to psychotic adolescents at Chestnut Lodge, a long-term psychiatric hospital in Maryland.

In 1980, Patty was one of the first women in the construction field as cofounder of a multi-million dollar project management company. The company specialized in building corporate headquarter facilities and high-end interiors for large businesses in the DC market. That innovative spark led Patty to another niche, producing and hosting her own radio talk show, For Love or Money, on Infinity broadcasting. Today, the Alper Portfolio Group provides consulting services for the commercial real estate, financial, and non-profit sectors.

Patty holds a bachelors degree in English and Theology from Cornell College Iowa, and she has continued masters-level marketing studies at American University. She is married and has two stepchildren, as well as a grandchild. She loves competitive golf, art, theater, and music, and continues her study of theology.

Table of Contents

Part One: Why Mentor

Chapter 1 Giving Corporations a Soul The Benefits of a Workforce That Mentors

Chapter 2 Professionals Find Meaning in Mentoring Forging Win–Win Relationships

Chapter 3 A Student’s Lifeline Inspiring Students Because You Did It and They Can Too

Part Two: How to Mentor

Chapter 4 Project Based Mentoring An Intergenerational Catalyst

Chapter 5 Rules of Engagement Establishing Expectations and Parameters

Chapter 6 Meet the Teacher Setting the Course

Chapter 7 First-Day Jitters A Game Plan to Get You Started

Chapter 8 One on One Building Rapport, One Student at a Time

Chapter 9 Lesson Plans for Leading the Class The World Through Your Lens

Chapter 10 The Art of Presenting Turning Students into Teachers

Chapter 11 Bringing Class to a Close What Happens to MentorMentee Relationships

Appendix A Call to Action Mentors’ Resource Guide

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