Get Connected

Help us shape and inspire the next generation in our community. Through the United Way of Greater Stark County Get Connected program, high school juniors and seniors enrolled in career tech programs visit local companies to learn about career paths and build relationships with community leaders.

The program offers ongoing mentorship opportunities for students and professionals in a one-on-one or group setting.


The program is funded in part by an Ohio Department of Education Community Connectors grant, which aims to develop more youth mentoring opportunities focused on five core principles:

Preparing for 21st Century careers
Building a strong sense of character
Developing pathways to achievement
Building a sense of resiliency
Believing in a positive future
I’m going to be the first person in my family to go to college and I’m proud to say that. I just have been having trouble on the process and this program has already benefited me and has boosted my motivation as well. I feel like I have a better chance at college and I just want to be the best I can be because a lot people look to me and expect a lot out of me and I do also. Again, thank you.
- GlenOak High School student

Our goal is to help young adults develop the social skills, confidence and character that will empower them to create the life they want for themselves. Contact us for more information about how your company can get involved.

Our Partners

Factory of Terror
Aultman/Aultman Colege
Innis Maggiore
Diebold Nixdorf
Williams Companies, Inc.
Stark State College
TimkenSteel Wellsite Training Center
The Karcher Group
Communications Exhibits, Inc.

Become a Get Connected Partner

Support our program by inviting students to your workplace for a Get Connected event. These visits are typically two hours long with a customizable format to fit your business, including:

  • Introduction to your business focused on workforce needs and employee characteristics
  • Inspirational story from business leader or staff member
  • Hands-on experience or company tour
  • Networking discussions

Our mentoring program is designed to fit within your work schedule and align with your workforce development goals. Mentorships include:

  • Continued communication with students via email
  • Follow-up group visit to student classrooms
  • Assist with arranging job shadowing opportunities
  • Advise or provide feedback on student class projects

We’ll conduct a one-hour training session prior to the event for all participating employee mentors. Background checks are required for ongoing mentoring, which we provide free of charge.

Interested in hosting a Get Connected event at your business? Contact us for more information.