3-Minute Interview: Jessica Graham 

The Director of Civic Engagement for Citizen Schools — a national education initiative that mobilizes thousands of adult volunteers to help improve student achievement — is holding a 6 Degrees of the Bay Area event on Wednesday. For more information, visit www.citizenschools.org/California.

What is the purpose of the event? The event is designed to encourage student success through the power of networking. One hundred and fifty eighth-grade students will get feedback on résumés and network with 75-plus professional adult volunteers.

Why is it necessary for kids to learn interviewing and networking skills? Many of our students will be first-generation college students, and they’ll need to rely heavily on their ability to initiate conversations and meaningful relationships to ask the right questions of admissions officers, professors, future employers, colleagues and clients.

What are some other critical life skills kids will learn through this event? Students will also experience in real-time the [return on investment] of networking with many people. Students will realize sometimes you’re just “two degrees” away from meeting a judge who can offer career mentorship, or a marine biologist who can give up the skinny on coral reefs.

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