As millions of families prepare for students to head back to school this month, it’s important to remember that there are truly no more important investments than the ones we make in our community, our youth and toward educational opportunities, at every stage of life and career.
I know that firsthand growing up on the west side of Detroit as the second of three children. We had a lot of love in our household and a lot of laughter – but not much else. I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to attend college, to say nothing of being able to afford it. Still, because I was blessed to meet people along the way who believed in my potential and helped me reach for it, I went on to become the first in my family to attend and graduate from college with an advanced degree. Without that education, my life would certainly have taken an altogether more probable path that the extraordinary one it did.
I’ve never forgotten just how powerfully the educational opportunities I was blessed with shaped my life. At All About Technology, we know that the investments we make in our community, and our youth pay immeasurable dividends. That’s why I’m honored to serve as an employment partner and provides insight from a marketplace perspective to help youth, through internships and job shadows gain meaningful work experience in the technology industry. I am committed to my city and the community that I serve and I’ve been recognized by local and national organizations for my achievements and philanthropic contributions. I am proud of my efforts to pay it forward and be of service to. Having proven talent and competent assistance allows me to position the company for a growth trajectory.
As so many of us know, our earliest work experiences provided the greatest education. It’s in that first job or internship that we begin to learn how to succeed and, more importantly, how to fail and try again. It’s where we begin to acquire the habits, skills, and values that guide us for the rest of our careers.
I know that was true for me, which is why it is so meaningful to continue the All About Technology Summer Associates Program. Our program gives youth a behind the scenes look at our operations and an invaluable on the job learning experience. It’s a way of giving young people, often from diverse of disadvantaged backgrounds, a foothold for their future careers.
Throughout the summer, six remarkable students have been busy learning from the leadership team at All About Technology, assisting customers and helping with key operations. Above all, they’ve been gaining credentials to land their first job – perhaps even at All About Technology. This program is a proven pathway into an opportunity with many previous interns gaining full-time positions at All About Technology or one of our technology business partners.
So many of these extraordinary, bright young people share the same kinds of backgrounds and stories as me. The enthusiasm they’ve brought to serving our customers over the summer has been infectious and inspiring. I know that the reputation of All About Technology will only shine brighter with each achievement they attain over the course of their careers. I’m proud of the knowledge and education they’ve received thanks to their time with us. It’s just another of the many ways All About Technology is dedicated to investing in our community, our young people and continuing to bridge the digital divide by making technology affordable and accessible for all.
~Willie E. Brake is a Computer Expert at All About Technology, a Certified Minority Business Enterprise and Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, located at 6450 Michigan Avenue in Detroit, Michigan.