With a mission to intrigue, inform and inspire young people to achieve their fullest potential, Bright Futures is a public partnership between the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay and the educational partners in Napa, Lake, Mendocino, and Marin counties. The program focuses on exposing high school students to careers through a robust network of volunteer professionals and best-in-class tools for career path exploration. Research shows us:
- Youth who participated in 5 or more career exposure opportunities experienced 15% higher wages by their mid-20s.
- Youth who participated in 2 or more career exposure opportunities were up to 20% less likely to disengage from education, employment or training.
- 95% of the youth would like more employers/businesses to be involved in providing career guidance and advice.
The Bright Futures program provides youth with a variety of resources to explore potential career paths. Learn more by visiting the Bright Futures website.
Get involved! Become a Career Ambassador
Meet talented students who are interested in learning about your business and various career paths and jobs by volunteering for a minimum of an hour a year to talk to students (in-person or via video conference) to share your experience. You can make an impact in only an hour! Visit our VolunteerMatch site to set up a profile and register to be matched with a school that is seeking exposure for its students in your career area.
Teachers, would you like to be matched with a working professional who can answer your students’ questions about specific jobs and careers? Tap into this pool of professionals from a broad range of industries and occupations, and find a volunteer that can address your class or student group. Contact Sylwia Palczewska.
Visit a Career Hub
Bright Futures Career Hubs offer a physical space to learn about and research careers, take interest-based assessments, and hear first hand from people working in the industry. Based in each of the four counties served by Workforce Alliance of the North Bay, any local high school student is invited to attend career counseling sessions and has access to the technology available for career searches. Career Ambassadors are also invited to attend in-person or via teleconference to share their professional experience with students. Our first Career Hub is now open at Vintage High School in Napa. View a map of all career hubs on the Bright Futures website.
Mobile Career Explorer RV
If students can’t reach a Career Hub, we can go to them! We have a technology-laden bus out in the community bringing career exploration tools, guest speakers, and the latest career-driven data to schools and community events. To request use of the mobile career explorer, email BrightFutures@workforcealliance.org.