skip to Main Content

Youth Career Connections is Orange County United Way’s work-based learning initiative 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.

Youth Career Connections Culmination Celebration

If you’re interested in developing future workplace leaders and making a difference for college-bound students, consider the Youth Career Connections Culmination Celebration sponsorship. Through United Way’s Youth Career Connections, local businesses offer summer internships and enriching, real-world experiences to high school scholars. At the end of the program, this event acknowledges the students’ achievements and the community commitment of Youth Career Connections partner employers.

For more information on Youth Career Connections Culmination Celebration sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amanda Hastings, Senior Manager, Events at 949.263. 6141 or via email.

See The Youth Career Connections Culmination Celebration In Action

Why Youth Career Connections?

Partner Recognition

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


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, Youth Career Connections Program Manager at 949.263.6142 or via email.

×Close search