Career Advocate for Students
The School District of Beloit has received start-up funds from the Hendricks Family Foundation to provide students with access to a full-time career advocate. The position will focus on helping students discern and pursue a career pathway by connecting them to Beloit-area job openings, including skilled- and trade-labor to give students an opportunity to experience future career options.
The School District of Beloit is the first in Wisconsin to integrate the career advocate model with its steps to prepare students with various options for their future. “While the District has taken positive steps to equip students with post-secondary education plans, such as Advanced Placement participation and two- and four-year college enrollments, the Career Advocate will provide additional support to expose students to local industry alternatives and options,” said Steve McNeal, district superintendent. “This is a win for Beloit industry looking to fill good job openings, a win for the community in general by engaging future leaders, and a win for the students who’ll now have an advocate to help them pursue a successful career pathway.”
The initial funding by the Hendricks Family Foundation will cover approximately the first three years of expenses for the district. Primary functions of the career advocate were the result of significant input in recent months from key community stakeholders.
“When we allow time for stakeholders to identify and advance an initiative then engage key groups to own a solution, positive change happens, as is the case in Beloit. The community is fortunate to have such committed leaders,” said Jeff Snell, founder of the Milwaukee-based Midwest Social Innovation LLC and facilitator for the process.
Career Advocate Lindsay Healless
Hi! My name is Lindsay Healless and I was born and raised in Beloit Wisconsin. I attended Beloit Memorial High School and am a proud Beloit Purple Knight.
Following graduation I went on to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where I majored in political science and criminal justice. After obtaining my Bachelor’s, I moved to California where I taught preschool in Long Beach, California. Although the sun was great, California didn’t feel like home so I returned to Wisconsin. From there, I attended the University of Wisconsin Law School and became an attorney. For approximately 3 years I worked in criminal law in Rock County and then decided it was time for a big change and returned to my alma matter at BMHS.
When I’m not working I have a cuddly dog named Max and I am a diehard Badgers fan who never misses a football or basketball game! GO RED!
The Hendricks Family Foundation
The Hendricks Family Foundation is primarily concerned with issues affecting the Beloit, Wisconsin Stateline area. The Foundation wishes to support effective strategies within its areas of interest and believes that character building and the promotion of values in our youth and families will have long-term positive effects.
Midwest Social Innovation LLC
Midwest Social Innovation LLC promotes cross-sector, enterprise-based solutions to social problems – a departure from conventional charity approaches. MSI designs and implements solution-models that are financially sustainable, replicable, and scalable, creating social value for stakeholders