Industry Partners

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Every community needs well educated citizens, and every student needs to feel a connection to their community. The Academy is proud to have a wide range of industry partners who generously volunteer their time to mentor, teach, and evaluate our students. Their collective expertise gives our students many opportunities that most young people don’t have until they enter college or a career. Industry partners are a vital part of our Academy program and participate by providing internships, mentorships, field trip venues, speaking engagements, curriculum assessment, and much more. See below for a more detailed list of volunteer opportunities.  To find out more about the AOBT Foundation, which was created by our community partners for the sole purpose of supporting the Academy, please visit the AOBT Foundation Website

One-on-One Volunteer Opportunities:

Mentor to Student
    • Description: The Academy pairs all 10th and 11th grade students with a mentor volunteer who can guide their personal and career decisions for the future. 10th graders work with mentors in small groups of 3-4 students per one mentor. 11th graders are matched with a mentor one-on-one. Mentors meet with students monthly.
    • Time Commitment: one year of monthly meetings of 1-2 hours, plus e-mail communication and additional activities
    • Volunteers Needed: 20 mentors for 10th grade program and 50-60 different mentors for 11th grade program
    • Time of Year: September – June (recruitment begins in August) Details: Mentor meetings are organized around pre-set agendas.
    • Details: Mentoring is a big commitment with a huge impact on student success. Mentors discuss such topics as student goals, academic progress, time management, college, career-preparation, resume skills, job opportunities, and more. Mentors also maintain an e-mentoring relationship through business e-mail and so additional field trips. For more information on mentoring, including a complete list of activities by month and all materials, please visit our Mentorship Program Page
Intern Supervisor
    • Description: Field internships are a unique and valuable experience for our 12th grade students. Community partners are invited to host an intern at their workplace (paid or unpaid) for a period of 10 weeks.
    • Time Commitment: 10 weeks, 3-4 days per week for 6-10 hours per week
    • Time of Year: March – May (recruitment for supervisors begins in February)
    • Volunteers Needed: 20-30 internship providers (in order to place each of our thirty 12th graders)
    • Details: Internships are run through the students’ business course; they are are released from their last period to go off campus into a field placement for 6-10 hours per week. Ideally, internships expose students to a field related to our academy focus of business or finance, and provide a quality experience where students can explore a variety of jobs and skills. Students work at internships Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, and Thursday. Supervisors must fill out a request for intern application, attend an orientation, and conduct interviews prior to placements. On site, Internship Supervisors train their interns, provide meaningful work opportunities, and evaluate them throughout the duration of the internship. For more information, please visit our Internship Program Page.
    • Get Involved: Please complete our online Industry Partner Volunteer Registration Form.

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Classroom Volunteer Opportunities:

Project Facilitator/ Advisor
    • Description: Academy students often do hands-on projects that utilize community volunteers as project advisors, instructors, and/or fictitious clients. We invite volunteers into the classroom to guide students through special cross-disciplinary projects, and simulations that have real world authenticity.
    • Time Commitment: varies by project
    • Time of Year: throughout the whole year; some projects are annual, see details on the Project Facilitator Page
    • Volunteers Needed: unlimited, but a minimum of 50 volunteers throughout the year to fill roles for repeating projects
    • Details: The Academy practices Project-Based Learning, which means we integrate as many real-world, problem-based projects into our curriculum as possible. The academy sees great benefit in bringing industry professionals and volunteers into the classroom on a regular basis to teach students and advise these projects. We partner with organizations like Junior Achievement San Diego to run pre-packaged curricular projects and challenges. We also encourage business partners to come in and do their own creative series of lessons on important topics. Past topics have included: Personal Financial Literacy, Building & Maintaining Good Credit, and the Importance of Charitable Giving. We take a variety of volunteers on this level. The Academy has also written some cross-disciplinary projects for students by grade level that require community volunteers and are done annually. For more information For examples and more information on being a Project Facilitator, please visit our Project Facilitator Page.
    • Get Involved: Please complete our online Industry Partner Volunteer Registration Form.
Mock Interviewer
    • Description: Each year, Academy students undergo a variety of different practice job interview experiences as part of our curricular program. Academy 10th graders do short, group mock interviews. Academy 11th graders do 20-minute one-on-one mock interviews. Academy 12th graders do extensive video-recorded interviews, while their classmates watch on a live feed, to critique each other and prepare for internships. Volunteers are asked to conduct these interviews on campus.
    • Time Commitment: one to three hours per event
    • Time of Year: January & February
    • Volunteers Needed: 20 -30 mock interviewer volunteers in total
    • Details: Interviews take place at Clairemont High School in the library. Each interviewer volunteer creates a fictitious entry-level job posting with their company. Students view the job postings to decide which “job” to interview for. Students bring a resume and dress as if they are doing a real job interview. Interviewers ask students 4-8 questions, and then assess each student on a form afterward, giving each a score and feedback, and “hiring” the student who gave the best interview. For more information on conducting mock interviews, please visit our Mock Interview Page
    • Get Involved: Please complete our online Industry Partner Volunteer Registration Form.
Guest Speaker
  • Description: The Academy invites guest speakers into the classroom on a regular basis. In addition to running several themed guest lecture series (see details below), speakers are also encouraged to come in and share their own personal stories, lessons, or ideas on new topics.
  • Time Commitment: one to two hours per talk; number of presentations varies according to speaker preference
  • Time of Year: throughout the entire school year
  • Volunteers Needed: unlimited, but 35 different speakers at minimum to cover lectures series topics listed below
  • Details: Guest Speakers are welcome to create their own talk around a personal experience or area of expertise, or participate in one of our pre-themed lectures series:
      • Expectations in the Workplace Series (For 12th Graders): This series helps prepare our students to go out into their field internships: The Value of an Internship; Working Up the Ladder; Importance of First Impressions; The Resume Today; Acing the Interview; Necessity of a Positive Attitude; Taking Initiative; Following Directions; The Importance of Being Punctual; Learning Phone Etiquette; Keeping it Honest; Business & Social Media Etiquette
      • Leaders in Business Series (11th Graders): This series teaches students about leadership in the business world. For lectures, the Academy targets speakers who are entrepreneurs or leaders in their company.
      • Pyramid of Success Series (For 10th Graders): This series is intended to motivate students to fulfill their potential and is based on Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. Each talk covers one of the following attributes: Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, Enthusiasm, Self-Control, Alertness, Initiative, Intentness, Conditioning, Skill, Team Spirit, Poise, Confidence, Competitive Greatness.
      • For more detailed information on Guest Speaking including topics and scheduling, please visit our Guest Speaking Page.
    • Get Involved: Please complete our online Industry Partner Volunteer Registration Form.
Presentation Panelist
    • Description: Academy students do formal presentations on a regular basis as part of their various class projects and simulations. We ask community volunteers to come into the classroom to sit on panels and assess student work.
    • Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per project panel
    • Time of Year: throughout the entire school year, but especially at ends of semesters in late January and late May
    • Volunteers Needed: 10-15 volunteers per panel
    • Details: Getting feedback from community and professional volunteers is always more authentic than simply receiving feedback from school personnel. Panelists volunteer to hear anywhere from 8-15 student presentations (on various topics such as project finals, business plan proposals, Senior Exhibitions, and more) and fill out written feedback forms. For more information on volunteering as a Panelist, please see our Presentation Panelists Page.
    • Get Involved: Please complete our online Industry Partner Volunteer Registration Form.
Field Trip Host
    • Description: The Academy loves to extend student learning beyond the classroom. We are constantly on the look out for businesses, organizations, or colleges that would like to provide students with a tour of facilities or sponsor a field trip to another educational or industry-related location.
    • Time Commitment: one day for each field trip (usually 4-5 hours), plus additional planning time
    • Time of Year: any time of year, on a school day
    • Volunteers Needed: varies according to field trip
    • Details: The ideal field trip gets students into a professional environment where they can learn, interact, job shadow, or ask a panel of volunteer questions. It is also ideal if students can take a tour and/or do a variety of activities or hands on workshops. Most field trips, due to district bus limitations, need to be scheduled between the hours of 9am – 2pm. Field Trip Hosts help to locate and/or organize student tours of  their own workplace, a local business or college, or other meaningful community site. Job shadow experiences are especially meaningful. For more information on being a Field Trip Sponsor, please visit our Field Trips Page.
    • Get Involved: Please complete our online Industry Partner Volunteer Registration Form.

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AOBT Foundation Volunteer Opportunities

AOBT Foundation Board of Directors
    • Description: The Academy of Business at Clairemont High had some of its most devoted business and community volunteers band together to form a non-profit foundation. The AOBT Foundation Board of Directors consists of seven officers that meet monthly to support the Academy in three key focus areas: (1) raising funds for scholarships, fieldtrips and enrichment; (2) growing student programs by recruiting mentors, intern supervisors, & guest speakers; (3) expanding community partnerships to increase awareness and support.
    • Time Commitment: Two-year commitment to attend monthly meetings, carry out officer and chair duties, and mentor an academy student
    • Time of Year: year-round
    • Volunteers Needed: varies depending on openings on board
    • Details: The AOBT Foundation Board of Directors meets on the second Thursday of each month from 5:45 – 6:45 P.M. at California Coast Credit Union Corporate Office in Spectrum Center. For more information or to sit in on a meeting, please visit the AOBT Foundation Website and/or contact Board President Todd Lane at president@aobt.net. Anyone can attend a meeting. Directors must have prior participation with the Academy.
AOBT Foundation Advisor
    • Description: The AOBT Foundation encourages additional community partners to act as Advisors to the board by attending monthly board meetings, taking on a special project, or heading a committee.
    • Time Commitment: attend monthly meetings, other duties vary
    • Time of Year: year-round
    • Volunteers Needed: varies depending on openings on board
    • Details: The AOBT Foundation Board of Directors meets on the second Thursday of each month from 5:45 – 6:45 P.M. at California Coast Credit Union Corporate Office in Spectrum Center. For more information on becoming a Foundation Advisor,  please visit the AOBT Foundation Website and/or contact Board President Todd Lane at president@aobt.net.
Fundraiser Volunteer / Organizer
    • Description: The AOBT Foundation appreciates fundraising towards scholarships and student activities. All donations are tax-deductible. The Foundation also puts on annual events that require facilities, catering, and organizing.
    • Time Commitment: varies
    • Time of Year: year-round
    • Volunteers Needed: unlimited
    • Details: If you or your organization would like to organize a fundraiser for the Academy program, please contact the AOBT Foundation Chair of fundraising at: fundraising.aobt.net. For more information about the AOBT Foundation and its current fundraising events, please visit the AOBT Foundation Website.

Resource Support Opportunities:

Scholarship Provider
    • Description: The Academy graduates 30 or more seniors each school year; the majority of our students are headed to college, despite coming from economically disadvantaged background. We greatly appreciate scholarship opportunities for our students from various organizations and businesses. The AOBT Foundation gives out annual scholarships in June.
    • Time Commitment: none
    • Time of Year: scholarship applications or donations accepted year-round; scholarship winners awarded in June
    • Volunteers Needed: unlimited
    • Details: If you or your organization would be interested in offering a scholarship to an Academy student or donating toward the AOBT Foundation scholarship, please visit the AOBT Foundation Website and/or contact the Foundation Chair of Fundraising at: fundraising@aobt.net.
Program Donor
    • Description: The Academy is often in need of funds, office supplies, and professional clothing for disadvantaged students. Each year business and community partners generously donate these items. All donations are tax-deductible.
    • Time Commitment: minimal
    • Time of Year: year-round (school supply drives are appreciated in September; clothing drives are appreciated in January & February, fund are accepted through the AOBT Foundation all year)
    • Volunteers Needed: unlimited
    • Details: If you or your organization would be interested in donating funds, supplies, or clothing, please visit the AOBT Foundation Website. and/or contact the AOBT Foundation Fundraising Chair at: fundraising@aobt.net. Funds are accepted all year through Paypal or by check.

Want to get involved? Please complete our online Industry Partner Volunteer Registration Form

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