Take the Next Generation to Work Day

Take the Next Generation to Work Day youth participants attended mini-mentoring sessions with CIRI employees. Photo by Darla Graham

CIRI’s Take the Next Generation to Work Day kicked off with seven young shareholders and descendants arriving Jan. 15 at the Fireweed Business Center, ready to learn about the company and experience what’s involved in and required for future jobs they may be interested in.

The day began with CIRI President and CEO Sophie Minich and Senior Vice President Barbara Donatelli giving advice and answering questions. Participants then had the opportunity to participate in mini-mentoring sessions, during which they learned about specific roles within the company.

In addition to learning about CIRI’s history and business strategies, as well as its corporate giving, volunteer and outreach activities, participants were inspired to contemplate what culture means to them as part of a workshop provided by the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

“I learned that CIRI is a great company that does a lot for our community,” one participant said. “I learned the position and duties of an associate general counsel, and that I’m very interested in the position,” stated another.

Take the Next Generation to Work Day is typically held each January on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (an Anchorage School District holiday). Applications are accepted year-round and are due on the first Friday in January for the current-year program. To learn more about Take the Next Generation to Work Day and other youth programs, visit ciri.com/youth.