VIP Mentee’s Experience the IAC North American & Asia Regional Headquarters’
Every Wednesday from 1:00pm-2:00pm the cafeteria at Detroit Public School’s Charles Wright Academy in Detroit is filled with 13 International Automotive Components (IAC) Mentors and the smiling faces of their mentee’s ranging in age from 7-11.
Thanks to the dynamic leadership at IAC with their commitment to providing rewarding volunteer opportunities for their employees and giving back to the community; these 13 mentors have invested their time, passion, and energy into the futures of these youth through mentoring for an hour every week since November 9th 2011.
A large component of what makes mentoring so successful is the exposure our students get to new ideas, people, and experiences. The VIP Mentoring Field Trip to IAC on March 28th was one of those opportunities.
The large vans provided by IAC arrived at Charles Wright Academy at 12:30pm sharp and the students and a few chaperons arrived at the IAC North America and Asia Regional Headquarters by 1:00pm wearing their new IAC T-shirts. We were welcomed warmly by the whole IAC mentoring family in addition to a few new faces and an amazing array of snacks and refreshments.
After the students signed the IAC Welcome card they sat down with their mentors and completed a very fun IAC crossword puzzle and were given a tote bag filled with goodies. Shortly after arriving, the mentee’s were greeted by IAC President and CEO, James Kamsickas. Mr. Kamsickas gave a very positive and motivational speech to the group and then took the time to talk with every mentor/mentee pair .
After wrapping up the afternoon’s activities inside the main building, the whole group traveled next door to another facility where IAC mentor and Director of advanced engineering, Gail Miciuda gave an educational tour of the facility and gave a hands-on demonstration showcasing some the components that IAC creates. The mentee’s had a blast and all used their IAC notepads and pencils to take some good notes.
This day would not have been possible if it weren’t for the amazing idea by Human Resource Specialist and IAC Mentor Jenna Ulicki and the planning done by other mentors including Cathy Sanchez and other folks in the HR Dept. We would also like to thank Mrs. Lyons, an administrator at Charles Wright Academy for all her help in making this event possible.
This was a great afternoon with many more to surely come. Here’s to being the difference.