Bridge to Employment: Reflections on Employability, Growth and Relationships in Kenya
Founders Rod and Nancy Van Sciver and Board Chair, Corporate partnerships Jay Dinkel attend first Bridge To Employment Workshop.
Nancy, Rod and Jay joined 120 secondary graduates and 11 major corporations at the first university workshop. It was a fantastic success for our university students as they underwent mock interviews and prepared elevator speeches and resumes. Some of the students actually landed internships during their mock interviews.
EFAC developed its new workshop curriculum in conjunction with its Kenyan Corporate Advisory Board with representatives from Unilever, Nestles, SC Johnson, IBM and Litemore LLC. EFAC students learn employability skills and prepare for the future. With the help of international and national companies we believe EFAC students will continue to beat the odds.
As board member Jay Dinkel noted,"the social aspects of EFAC were as stunning and impressive as the skills EFAC students demonstrate." The students share an incredible bond, and for many, EFAC has become like a family. Nowhere was this more noticeable than at the Saturday night dinner dance at the conclusion of the workshop. The hall was decorated with balloons and bright crepe paper, and the night felt like a cross between a 1950's prom and reunion of old friends. Everyone enjoyed karaoke, poetry, dancing, hugs and thousands of smartphone photos, all followed by a surprise celebration of Nancy's birthday. For me, this was one of the trip's highlights, as I witnessed how special this group has become."
EFAC is building a strong alumni base that someday will be our best support. One of EFAC's first scholars, Shirlene said it best when she said, "EFAC is family, just being together makes me feel like we are headed somewhere."
EFAC's model of partnership and developmental workshops have gained some attention in the press both here in New Hampshire and in Kenya. See what the Kenyan media is saying about our work in the People Daily and Standard Digital and learn more about EFAC's unique
partnership and the women who make that partnership possible at NH Magazine.