Not all students in Charlotte have the same opportunities for successful careers.
Founded in 1991, MeckEd is a Local Education Fund, which assists and supports public schools while holding them accountable for providing and ensuring excellence and equity for all of the children and families they serve.
MeckEd’s Career Pathways program serves low-income 16-21 year olds at Vance, Independence, Garinger and Harding High Schools who face barriers to the workforce and bridges the disconnect between students, business and industry, and post-secondary education. The Career Pathways program fosters a better-prepared workforce and creates a pipeline to ensure young people see the relevance of staying in school and that they embrace an attainable path following graduation.
MeckEd participated in last fall’s #GivingTuesdayCLT to raise awareness and funds for this program which helps students like Garinger High School senior Aimee Moboti who is in her second year of the program.
Last year, during her junior year, Moboti’s Career Pathways Advisor Oteia Douglas guided her through SAT prep, career readiness classes and job interviews. During this time Moboti’s GPA improved and she developed an interest in information technology (IT).
Last spring, Moboti began training at IBG Institute. In a ceremony last August, she and several other MeckEd students from Harding High School University presented how they developed a fully functional app.
“They couldn’t have made us more proud,” Douglas said.
Earlier in the school year, Moboti met Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and continued to seek opportunities to learn from her advisor.
Moboti now plans to study IT and would like to attend North Carolina A&T State University.
Aimee Moboti is just one example of the impact MeckEd's Career Pathways program can have in the life of a student. To learn more or even get involved as an advisor for the Career Pathways Program, click here!