At AOL, we care about building communities, which is why we rolled out our Building Blocks of Success Program. Three times a quarter, we invite students from schools with low-funding to our New York office for an insightful career exploration panel & tour-- aiming to expose students to myriad career opportunities.
During the month of April, AOL partnered with Girls Who Code
and Futures & Options
to invite nearly 60 high school students to the NYC office for the Building Blocks of Success program. On April 23rd, we had the pleasure of meeting Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code (who also happens to be an AOL MAKER!
) After the panel discussion, Reshma spent some time talking with the girls, asking them questions about their plans for the future and where they hope to go to college.
On April 30th, a group of students from Futures & Options
-- a non–profit organization that empowers New York City's underserved youth -- visited AOL as part of their 12 week program for a Career Exploration visit. The 9th, 10th, and 11th graders were excited to see our offices and were particularly amazed by the colorful walls and vibrant energy.
Panelists ranged from Otto Toth, VP Mobile Technology at The Huffington Post to Jessi Dexheimer, Account Executive at Marketplace by ADTECH, to Piya Ghosh, Software Engineer at The Huffington Post Media Group.
A special thanks to all the panelists for talking the time to share their insights with the students and participate in the discussion to inspire students in the area of career development!
Otto Toth: VP -Engineering, Head of Mobile
Andrew Schwimmer: Android Mobile Development
Katie Bloom: Director, Category Marketing – CPG, Financial Services | All brands
Piya Ghosh: Software Engineer, Huffington Post Media Group
Emily Burleigh- Strategic Account Manager, AOL platforms
Jessi Dexheimer- Account Executive | Marketplace by ADTECH
Samantha Huncharek- Associate Strategic Account Manager, Sales