skip to Main Content

Youth Career Connections is Orange County United Way’s work-based learning program that infuses classroom learning with real-world experiences. We connect students directly to employers so they are prepared for lifelong success by graduating both college- and career-ready.

Bringing experiential learning to and extending student career exploration beyond the classroom helps put students on a path toward academic and economic success.

Volunteer as a Corporate Classroom Speaker

Volunteer to be a Corporate Classroom Speaker at a local high school through Orange County United Way’s Youth Career Connections program. Corporate Classroom Speaker sessions are available Monday – Friday, between 7:30 A.M. and 3 P.M. from October 2021 to May 2022.

Speakers are needed from the following industry areas:

  • Arts, Media, & Entertainment (Digital Arts Media)
  • Business, Marketing, & Finance
  • Information & Communication Technologies
  • Engineering, Design, & Architecture
  • Health Services & Medical Technology


For additional information about becoming a Corporate Classroom Speaker, please contact Yahaira Ortiz via email or by phone 949.263.6142.

Why Youth Career Connections?

Key Educational Partners

  • Anaheim Union High School District
  • Garden Grove Unified School District
  • Orange County Department of Education
    – OC Pathways

Our Corporate Business Partners

  • Alcon
  • CHOC
  • Disneyland Resort
  • Eaton Aerospace
  • Google Fiber
  • L3Harris Technologies
  • Microsoft
  • Razer
  • St. Joseph Health
  • Sunwest Bank


How Your Business Can Get Involved

Invest in OC’s Future Workforce

A full spectrum of work-based learning experiences builds career awareness, enhances career exploration and leads to early career preparation:

  • Arrange Corporate Speaking Engagements
  • Host Industry Site Visits
  • Participate in Teacher Learning Panels
  • Host a Teacher Externship
  • Host a High School Intern

Empower Youth to Become Tomorrow’s Leaders

We are actively seeking local business mentor partners in these industries:

  • Arts, Media and Entertainment
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Health Services and Medical Technology
  • Information and Computer Technology

See The Youth Career Connections Culmination Celebration In Action


Download these resources to get more information.

Youth Career Connections Flyer
Internship Flyer

Contact Us

For more information on volunteer opportunities or how your company can participate in the Youth Career Connections program, please contact Yahaira Ortiz, Senior Program Manager, United for Student Success at 949.263.6142 or via email.

×Close search