Partners in Education seeks volunteers for career exploration days in the Santa Barbara Unified School District

November 10, 2021

Partners in Education (Partners) is seeking volunteers to discuss their careers and, if applicable, provide a hands-on career demonstration for junior high school students in the Santa Barbara Unified School District on career exploration days. These career exploration days kicked off November 8 at Goleta Valley Junior High and continue on November 15 at La Cumbre Junior High, November 19 at La Colina Junior High, and November 29 at Santa Barbara Junior High. As part of their role, volunteers from various fields facilitate interactive experiences for their student audience and provide hands-on ways to learn about their fields.

The on-campus events offer a mix of presentation styles and are part of Career Exploration Season, which offers junior high students a blend of virtual and in-person ways to learn about various occupations before high school. Career Exploration Season officially kicked off on Oct 27th with a webinar featuring Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley. Dr. Salcido, Superintendent of County Schools, introduced Joyce.

“District Attorney Joyce Dudley spoke directly to the students at the junior high schools, sharing her personal story and a strong message of hope, determination, and success,” Dr. Salcido said. “Dedicated volunteers, like Joyce and so many others, show students the art of the possible.”

“Our main hope for the webinars and hands-on demonstrations is that students leave feeling inspired and more in touch with their individual interests,” said Chelsea Duffy, Executive Director, Partners in Education. “Whether they leave an event knowing that they absolutely do want to pursue a certain career path or not, it is a win because they will be more equipped with the information they need to make decisions about high school courses and beyond.”

Each career day offers a morning (9 am-12:30 pm) and afternoon shift (1:06-2:45 pm), and presenters may register for one or both sessions.

As this is a demonstration, we encourage volunteers to bring photos, instruments, tools, or other props to give students an idea of what the work entails. These career exploration events run through November 29, 2021. Per SBUSD’s policies, all volunteers are required to provide proof of vaccination.

To learn more about volunteering, email or call 805-964-4710 ext.4418.

Partners operates award-winning programs connecting business and community resources to support youth, families, educators, schools, and youth-serving programs in our community, with one main goal: to prepare students for what’s next.

  • Computers for Families bridges the digital divide by providing free refurbished computers and training to students and their families.

  • The Countywide Volunteer Program supports educators by recruiting, screening, and placing business and community members at school and youth-serving non-profit sites.

  • The Paid Student Internship Program helps high school students prepare for careers by providing paid job readiness workshops and internship experience with a local business.

Partners in Education is administered by the Santa Barbara County Education Office. It was first formed in 1977 and evolved into a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2000.