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First Career Readiness Workshop a Huge Success

In partnership with WA STEM, Teach For America Washington hosted the first in a series of three career readiness workshops for local high school students in the Seattle area.

Attendees of TFA Washington career fair.

By Amela Jazvin

October 30, 2017

In a bustling conference room at Atlas Workbase, TFA alumni and STEM professionals from throughout our community led students through three interactive sessions: Delivering an Elevator Pitch, Interview Strategies, and Resume Best Practices.

Of the many amazing individuals present, we were especially excited to have students from Summit Sierra High School where Malia Burns (New York '06) serves as executive director and principal and Evergreen High School where Jacqueline Downey (Denver '10) is principal. Students from TAF Academy, the Seattle MESA program, and multiple Seattle public high schools were also present.

The event was a great success with many students asking for additional mentorship and not wanting to leave. Our volunteer professionals also shared what an impactful and powerful night they had.

“I learned how to present myself to a potential future employer and how to pick my career.”

– Garfield High School Student


“I am very grateful to have met so many successful professionals and I learned how to do a good Elevator Pitch."

– Franklin High School Student


“Thank you all for putting on the event. It was a great evening!”

–Volunteer Professional

“Terrific event, and very well done. I had a great time, and the students appeared to benefit (and from what I saw, they all had a blast as well). Thanks, everyone, for your leadership and hard work last night and for inviting me.”

–Volunteer Professional and TFA alum

Two additional workshops followed:

  • Tacoma Workshop: Wednesday, October 18th - RAIN Incubator: 2304 Jefferson Ave.
  • Everett Workshop: Wednesday, November 1st - Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave.

TFA Washington is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Washington STEM, and truly appreciates all of our community partners and educators who supported our amazing young people at all three workshops!