Future Forum 2 – December 5, 2017

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Mark Huang, Director of Economic Development for the City of Providence, addresses the audience at Future Forum 2

What happens

when you bring together twenty successful, forward thinking entrepreneurs, college professors, social activists, technologists, designers, health care change agents, marketers, trainers, oceanographers, and artists

with several of Hope High School’s best and brightest?

Take a look.

BIF 2017 Field Trip: September 13, 14

Hope Life Skills students arrived at 7:30am at Trinity Theatre

in downtown Providence

to step out of their comfort zone

to network – meet, listen, and converse – with amazing storytellers from all over the world.  From artists and astronauts to entrepreneurs and educators,

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making profound differences in the world shared their personal stories of challenges and eventual success on the Trinity Theatre stage at BIF 2017.   Our

Hope Life Skills students became part of a growing international community of BIF change agents.

The following video and pictures share the Hope Life Skills student experience at BIF 2017:

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Eveline Silva arriving at Trinity to register and is given her BIF Forum badge

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Ianique Imboque leaves the BIF registration desk as Nayely Furcal Marte and Rosa Rodriguez Ortiz adjust their names tags before proceeding into the theatre to meet members of the BIF community and expand their networks.

Today’s Class: May 5th, 2017 – CVS Heath Career and Job Day

The Hope Life Skills class traveled to Woonsocket, Rhode Island today for their

annual Career and Job Day at the impressive campus of CVS Health,

a $177 billion, international company.

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Ms Nuri, Laisha Mendez and the rest of the Hope Life Skills class check in to the reception desk at the Marketing Center facility on the CVS Health Campus.

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Gerardo Castenada receives his Identification tag at the reception desk at the Marketing Center.

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Ariel Hall greets Fred Felix, a senior manager at CVS Health

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Carlos Sanchez, Senior Director of Channel Innovation and Program Delivery,  welcomes the Hope Life Skills class to the CVS Health campus and informs the students of the day’s agenda.

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The Day’s agenda

Carlos Sanchez, the host and coordinator of this event for the past several years, began the day’s program with several impressive facts about CVS Health, ranked 7th on the Forbes 500 list with almost 8,000 CVS stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Brazil.  He then presented an assignment to the class.  “As you hear about CVS Health today and meet several of our team members in your department immersion meetings, ask yourself what skills and qualities you possess that would cause CVS Health to consider you a good candidate for a job here.”   Fred Felix added

how would you respond during the job interview if you were asked ‘what value would you bring to CVS Health if you were hired’?

Hope Life Skills Summer Internships

The summer of 2016.   Another year of internship opportunities

for Hope Life Skills students.  From the corporate offices of one of the America’s largest and most successful companies to the friendly confines of a community bookstore, 5 Hope Life Skills students were learning 21st century skills, expanding their networks of successful professionals and earning money in the process.

Today’s Amica Insurance Field Trip: April 28, 2016

“Your brand is amazing!  

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Leah Scott, Associate Human Resources Recruiter, welcomes Hope’s Life Skills students to Amica Insurance before sharing her personal story of a nursing education and entrepreneurial experience before coming to Amica.

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Ramona Royal, corporate Human Resource Officer at Amica Insurance, shares her personal story of transition and success before and during her experience at Amica Insurance.

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Raymond Perez, donning his Syracuse University Orange, asks one of his several probing questions to the Amica Insurance team.

Your level of maturity, the

sophistication of your questions and your courage to ask them

among our staff here at Amica is unlike most groups visiting our Amica campus. 

You seem to have no trouble pushing out of your comfort zone. 

Today’s CVS Health Field Trip: April 7, 2016

The Hope Life Skills class took a

trip to the campus of CVS Health, one of the world’s largest companies with revenues of more than $150 BILLION,

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Carlos Sanchez, Senior Director, Advertising Production at CVS Health, opens today’s event with a welcome to the Hope High Life Skills students and an introduction to the business and culture of CVS Health

in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.  The

mission of today’s class was to introduce students to a variety of jobs at CVS Health,

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Yolanda Baez, the Regional Director of Acquisitions at CVS Health, shares her personal story from growing up in Providence, Rhode Island and her high school education at one of Providence’s inner city schools to her initial CVS pharmacist job and onto her present job at the corporate headquarters identifying and purchasing new stores.

Field Trip: December 8, 2015

Today’s field trip was to Rhode Island College’s

amazing Langevin Center for Design, Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing.

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Rhode Island College students putting one of the many robots in the Langevin Center through an exercise

Robots and routers.  Pneumatics and prosthetics.  Fingerprints and security threats.    3D printing and whatever you wish to design and make.

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Dr McLaughlin shows recent creations from his newly installed, ‘high tech’ router as Life Skills students look on.

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One of the Rhode Island College advanced manufacturing students shows the Life Skills students a highly functional and durable wrench just created from the nearby 3D printer.

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A fingerprint lifted from an Iphone by the high precision scanner below.  This is the first step in re-creating the fingerprint with 3D print technology.  Imagine, a process for re-creating a person’s finger print and any other body or machine part one wishes to replicate.

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The precision scanner copying the exact features of an object on the table.

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From left to right in this photo: Michael DeCesare (East Greenwich High School Freshman), Fernando Perez, Chanda Nuth, Jose Orellana, Dr McLaughlin, Travis Barbour, Djovan Devega, Alex (Rhode Island College student), Jesse (Rhode Island College student) and Yaen Torres Mitchell (front).

Class Field Trip: BIF 2015 – September 16 and September 17

For the 5th consecutive year, Hope Life Skills students had the opportunity to attend an

amazing convocation of inspirational, international story tellers at the Trinity Theatre in Providence at BIF 10.

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The BIF venue at Trinity Theatre: individuals sharing their life stories on the Trinity Theatre stage to inspire and empower hundreds of listeners to extend themselves out of their comfort zone to be the successful person each dreams to be.  Matthew Zachary, the storyteller on stage in this photo, shares his brain surgery story.   You can see a screen in the upper right corner of this photo, on the stage, which was a video showing the intimate details of the actual surgery opening Matthew’s skull to remove a cancerous tumor.  Matthew was awake during the entire operation speaking to the surgeons.

Each storyteller shared a story from his or her life journey, often about doubt and adversity, sometimes failure, but always ‘never give up’ to extend themselves out of their comfort zone toward ultimate success.

One of the amazing things about this event was our ability to meet and speak with the storytellers

during breaks and at lunch” said Gisabel Salcedo.  “I was so excited about meeting singer/songwriter Dani Shay.   We talked about our love of music and the details of songwriting.  And, she was so nice and encouraging.

The Summer Internship Program at CVS Health: Presentation Day

It was day when everyone felt good.

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Just a few of the attendees at the August 21, 2015  CVS Health Hope High Life Skills Intern Presentation Day on the CVS Health corporate campus in Woonsocket, RI; from left to right: JosephLinc’ Murray (Senior Advisor Inventory Analytics), Shaun McKim (Senior Advisor, Inventory Analytics),Mike Martel (Director, Pharmacy Inventory Management), Fernando Perez (CVS summer intern-Hope High School Senior), Hafzat Akanni (CVS summer intern-Hope High School Senior), Jean Rodriguez (Hope High Life Skills program alum and CVS Health intern), Manny Rivas (CVS summer intern-Hope High School Senior) and Amy Propatier (Pharmacy Inventory Manager)

For the Hope High Life Skills students, it was about a summer work experience in ‘supply chain management‘, ‘computer programming‘, ‘analytics‘ and ‘corporate communications‘ at CVS Health, a  $140 billion dollar, international company.   For the CVS Health staff, it was observing the return on their personal investment mentoring some of Providence’s best and brightest young people who might eventually be future ‘supply chain managers’, ‘pharmacists’, ‘analysts’, ‘programmers’, ‘corporate communication specialists’, ‘lawyers’ and maybe even a ‘CEO’ at CVS Health or some other Rhode Island company or organization.

Opening remarks by CVS executives Lou Mercado, Vice President of Inventory Management, and Donna Mumma, Senior Director of Pharmacy Inventory Management and Analytics, addressed the mission of the internship program and the benefits of  strong personal brands and networks of successful, good people.   “You control your personal brand.  The best brands get the best and most opportunities for success.

Your brand will either open or close doors of opportunities throughout life. 

You’re part of this internship program because of the positive perception of your brand.  How well you maintain your positive brand will ultimately determine the quality of your job and career  opportunities and, eventually, your future success.  One of the reasons CVS Health continues to be a successful company is because of the CVS Health brand.  The people you see in this room and throughout this campus and in every CVS Health store you visit are responsible for the strength of the company brand.  The same can be said of your brand.  It depends on your commitment and the quality and commitment of the people in your network”.

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Donna Mumma, Senior Director Pharmacy Inventory Management and Analytics and Lou Mercado, Vice President of Inventory Management

Following Lou Mercado and Donna Mumma, each student proceeded to the front of the room to speak to the audience and their CVS Health mentors about their summer internship.