Talent Champions Program

Do you want to help develop the youth and future talent of Washtenaw County?

Do you want to promote economic equity and career options for the next generation?

If yes, become a Talent Champion and help support career development for youth in Washtenaw County today!

As part of this program, you (and your company) will inspire local youth ages 16 to 24 on their career pathways by providing in-class demos, career chats, apprenticeships, mentorships, summer employment, donations and other opportunities that fit best with your interests and abilities.

See below for current community-based opportunities in 2018-2019.

To get involved with Talent Champions, please email Amy Cell at Amy@AmyCellTalent.com

Talent Champions Program

Current Opportunities

Holidays 2018

Helping a Family or Student in Need through the Ann Arbor Public Schools

We are grateful to have a very generous community that has helped many of our AAPS families with items this holiday season. However, we still have families that could use support.

If your business is interested in helping, please let me know. - Thanks! Nancy Shore, Volunteer Coordinator, shoren@a2schools.org, 734-994-2300 x53245


Career Potential Program with the Ann Arbor Public Schools 

Love your job? Share your story with Ann Arbor Public Schools Students!

  • Do you love to talk about the work that you do? 
  • Do you have an interesting story of how you got your position?
  • Do you want to inspire students and introduce them to future careers?

If yes, sign up to speak at an AAPS Career Potential Event! Details here.

Once you sign up, the AAPS Strategic Partnership Office will connect you to the program that best suits your interests.

Questions? Email partners@a2schools.org 


STEAM Expo (Careers and Businesses in STEAM) with the Ann Arbor Public Schools

November 29, 2018

Skyline High School


The AAPS District STEAM Expo is happening on November 29, 2018 from 6-8pm at Skyline High School. The goal is to introduce the Ann Arbor community to our STEAM educational programming and the careers and businesses in the area focusing on STEAM.  

Many of the exhibits will be hands-on including participation from our Project Lead the Way teachers, robotics clubs, and computer programming classes and clubs. Many wonderful partners will be joining us, including Google, AADL, the U-M Museum of Natural History, Human Element, Spellbound AR and more.

Companies are invited to set up a booth to highlight their business and showcase potential careers in the STEAM field.

Reserve space at the STEAM expo by clicking here.


Hour of Code with the Ann Arbor Public Schools

Dec 3 - Dec 7, 2018

Do you work in IT, CS, Tech or a related field?

If yes, Computer Science Education Week is on the approach and AAPS is ready to rock it! During the week of Dec 3-7, 2018, we need volunteers - coders and non-coders - to celebrate careers in code! 

Sign-up Deadline - November 16, 2018

Volunteer Sign-Up Form

The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) is excited to bring the Hour of Code to every AAPS school during Computer Science Education Week (Dec 3-7). Learn more at bit.ly/HOCatAAPS.

Volunteers are needed for everything from assisting with a coding activity to telling students about your career or experience in the field to documenting the current activities at our schools. There are volunteer opportunities for coders and non-coders alike. Teachers will supply the activity. Learn more about volunteering for the Hour of Code at AAPS.

We are particularly interested in volunteers that represent the diversity of people in the CS/IT field, and we encourage employees interested in increasing equity in the field to sign up for a shift. 

Thank you so much to our partners from the U-M Women in IT, Thomson Reuters, Duo Security, Google, Human Element, and many many more for volunteering.

Questions? Email partners@a2schools.org


Pioneer Career Day with the Ann Arbor Public Schools

January 30, 2019

We are in need of guest speakers, booth presenters, and more. 

Register here: Registration Form


    School Supplies Drive

    It's never too soon to prepare for a successful start to the 2019-2020 school year!

    Help Washtenaw County students start the school year right by contributing to the annual school supply drive. 

    Coordinated by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District's Education Project and Ozone House, with support from The Ann Arbor News and MLive, the drive runs annually each August. 

    Talent Champions Program


    Employer Involvement Is Critical to Building the Pipeline of Future Talent

    Key, local organizations and community groups have been discussing strategies to improve economic equity in Washtenaw County, with an initial focus on youth ages 16 to 24 years in eastern Washtenaw County.

    Early participants in this initiative include: Ann Arbor SPARK, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, Eastern Michigan University (EMU), Michigan Works!, University of Michigan Ginsberg Center (UM), Washtenaw Community College (WCC), Washtenaw Intermediate Schools (WISD), Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS), and others.

    Provide Inspiration and Opportunity

    Our collaboration of community organizations recognizes that employer involvement is critical when it comes to building the talent pipeline of the future. Washtenaw County is fortunate to have dozens of employers that invest in our young people through apprenticeships, mentorships, summer employment, coming into the classroom to talk about careers, and other ways that provide inspiration and opportunity. 

    Engage with our Public Schools

    If every business, in some way, engaged with our public schools, community college and organizations that help support youth, then every Washtenaw County resident could have a career pathway and a bright future.

    Program Goals

    The goals of the Talent Champions Program are to better promote opportunities to employers, and to reward and recognize those employers that invest in the talent in our community.

    Kudos to Our Talent Champions... Join Us!

    Talent Champions in our Community

    • Go! Ice Cream
    • Packard Health
    • Butman Ford
    • University Musical Society
    • A2Y Chamber of Commerce
    • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
    • Align Chiropractic
    • Original Moxie
    • SOS Community Services
    • Puffer Reds
    • U of M Nam Center for Korean Studies
    • Fly Children's Art Center
    • Riverside Art Center
    • Ypsilanti District Library
    • Zingerman's Bakehouse
    • S. Mitchell Marketing
    • Thomson Reuters
    • Toyota
    • Alzheimer's Association
    • Mentor 2 Youth
    • Student Advocacy Center
    • Michigan Works
    • Collis & Griffor Law Firm
    • Ypsilanti Police Department
    • Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels
    • Washtenaw Sheriff's Department
    • United Sonz
    • Ypsi Running Co.
    • Warriors and Caregivers United
    • Communities in Schools
    • Bank of Ann Arbor
    • WCC- Office of the President
    • Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Ozone House
    • Appel Enviromental
    • Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
    • Ann Arbor Spark
    • Beckett & Raeder
    • City of Ypsilanti
    • Graduates Ann Arbor
    • Holiday Inn Ann Arbor
    • Inmatech, Inc
    • Motawi Tileworks- Rovin Ceramics
    • Michigan Works
    • Parkridge Community Center
    • SAVCO Hospitality- Aventura Resturant
    • Superior Township
    • United Way
    • Washtenaw County OCED (Program Specialist)
    • Washtenaw County OCED (Housing Specialst )
    • Washtenaw County Sherriff
    • Ypsilanti Housing Commission
    • University of Michigan
    • Bottles-N-Backpacks
    • Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach
    • Davenport Assoicates
    • Dedicated To Make A Change
    • Urban Ashes
    • Washtenaw County Trial Court/ Sports Camp
    • Washtenaw Community College- Harriet St.

    To learn more about Talent Champions, please email Amy at Amy@AmyCellTalent.com