Over the last year, we have grown our alumni programming into an essential pillar of The BrandLab. Our Connect Program moves beyond exposure and access to build a bridge from the internship to landing a full-time position in the industry. We have created a youth-led alumni association, launched a mentorship program for participants to receive one-on-one support from industry professionals, integrated college readiness trainings into summer curriculum, and structured professional development workshops to engage alumni year-round.
Hired a Youth Fellow to lead and improve alumni communications and programs.
Formed ConnectU ― a network for The BrandLab alumni, led by their peers.
Launched a mentorship program to provide long-term support for students from industry professionals.
50 initial matches of alumni with industry professionals in our new mentorship program.
Tested a Connect Internship model which will become a new program opportunity for students in the future.
Linda Pham, 3M
Carina Perez, General Mills
Michael Herr, General Mills
Maryan Garane, Target