Mesa County youth have a new tool at their disposal to find information on career opportunities, college preparation and more.
A collaboration between seven organizations officially launched a new website geared toward young adults, high-schoolers and middle-school students full of material on careers in high demand, information on events and videos that allow youth to virtually job shadow someone in an industry.
The site, findyourfuture.us, is run by a youth collaboration team made up of employees of the Mesa County Workforce Center, CareerWise Colorado, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, Connecting Colorado, School District 51, Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College.
"I think it highlights the collaborative effort here in Mesa County," Mesa County Workforce Center Director Curtis Englehart said.
The idea for the website got rolling last year when employees from some of the partner organizations attended the TalentFOUND conference put on by the Colorado Workforce Development Council. The attendees formed a team to participate in a "Shark Tank" style activity to present an idea to judges, who would then select a winner.
The Mesa County team presented something similar to "Find Your Future" and won the top prize, which garnered $1,000 to put toward launching their idea.
"It's not much, but it's enough to motivate us to bring this back and make this a reality," Englehart said of the prize.
The website includes tabs for different age groups and while the site is set up for career choices, there are also job opportunities for youth.
"The goal is to kind of give them the knowledge to make that next choice," Englehart said.
The next step for the collaboration, according to Englehart, is to engage with employers and parents to provide more information about careers and set up field trip opportunities so youth can visit area businesses and see first hand what certain careers entail.
The website was designed and built by Melinda McCaw Media.