Lights, Camera, RiseUp!
HAI Group hosted a Career Access Day for the RiseUp Youth Program of Hartford, Connecticut, this past November in the HTVN studio. The day gave students a closer look at careers in front of the camera and behind the scenes as HAI Group employees spoke to the students about our career paths and what led us to work here.
The RiseUp Youth Program was founded in 2012 by a team of young professionals who realized that there is a lack of support for our youth living in urban communities. RiseUp provides young adults from urban communities with the tools and guidance they need to achieve their potential and to become the business and community leaders of tomorrow. On RiseUp Career Access Days, participants go on-site to a place of business to learn more about careers in a particular field.
The HAI Group Career Access Day began with HAI Group volunteer employees introducing themselves to the youth participants with ice-breaker activities. John C. Thomson, HAI Group President and CEO, then spoke to the group about career paths in the insurance industry. Regina Diouf, a member of the HAI Group Human Resources Team, presented other career options for working at a company like HAI Group. Following those discussions, participants created a newsroom script which they later acted out on camera. The culmination of the day was the live taping and acting out of the script the students had written. The participants prepared by rehearsing their lines, choosing props and costumes, and creating cue cards.
The day was educational, entertaining, and fun for all. HAI Group looks forward to hosting more career days with RiseUp in the future.