EMERGE is Loyola Limited's high school employment program. Our program strives to empower students through an entrepreneurial and fully immersive experience. EMERGE offers local high school students the opportunity to gain work experience and professional skills while being mentored by our undergraduate student staff. Pop into Felice’s this fall to meet our two new EMERGE participants!
In the Fall of 2016, Loyola Limited applied for and was granted funding through Loyola University’s Plan 2020. EMERGE was the first student-run initiative to receive support from this fund. Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, Loyola Limited fostered partnerships with Sullivan High School and Youth Job Center, and hired a High School Employment Program Coordinator to begin to develop the program. The summer of 2017 was the pilot session of EMERGE and two Sullivan High School students we hired to work at various Loyola Limited Businesses.
The goal of the EMERGE program is to empower Sullivan High School students through skills training, meaningful job experiences, and impactful relationships.
The main objectives include:
Providing direct professional exposure and tangible career experience to high school students.
Assisting participants in developing career-readiness skills and with post-secondary planning.
Fostering participants’ professional education and personal growth through mentorship.
In addition to their time spent working at Loyola Limited businesses, EMERGE participants will take part in check-ins with the program coordinator and professional development workshops focused on building career skills.
What our participants had to say about EMERGE
“I got to work and bond with amazing people, I've learned a lot about bikes and this improved many strengths and weaknesses, which is very helpful for the future and what is to come.”
“I really have enjoyed everything. Working here has brought new experiences and has opened me up to new ideas about my future and college.”
What our staff had to say about working with the students
"I loved working with [the EMERGE participant] and learning a little about him. It was rewarding to see him leave with a smile on his face after our shifts together."
"[The EMERGE participant] has performed bike maintenance better than some ChainLinks employees. She was never afraid of the challenge and jumped right into the requirements of the job."