Founded in 1970, INROADS began as the vision of Frank C. Carr, a corporate executive who, inspired by Martin Luther King's powerful vision, became increasingly concerned about the lack of ethnic and gender diversity in corporate management. Carr left his position as a corporate executive to begin INROADS, a nonprofit that would prepare talented minority students for positions of leadership in business and the community. Today, INROADS has evolved into an international organization that identifies, recruits and develops exceptional diverse and talented students throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, and coaches and trains them so they can become high-performing contributors in the workplace. INROADS’ programs target high-potential, underserved students across the nation. On a local level, INROADS provides services through its regional offices. INROADS serves New Haven through its New England Regional Office located in Hartford.
Since INROADS’ founding, it has worked to create business and community leaders who are representative of the country’s diversity. The nation’s largest nonprofit provider of salaried internships, INROADS achieves its objectives by placing diverse, promising youth in corporate environments, by developing future leaders, and by preparing them for career success and leadership roles. INROADS supports participants throughout their professional life cycles, from pre-college through late career. Core programs are:
· College Links: Targeting underserved high school students, this comprehensive academic enrichment, career immersion and awareness program seeks to increase the number of underserved students who graduate and ensure that they are prepared to succeed as future business and community leaders.
After 25 years of Human Resource experience in Corporate America it is a refreshing opportunity for me to be able to work for an organization where I can directly see the fruits of my labor. INROADS is truly an organization that has changed or shall I say "Transformed" lives. This organization works diligently to identify underserved talent and find practical work experiences for them to discover their talents. What is also unique about INROADS is how we coach and advise INROADS interns on their career decisions and the challenges they face through their college experience. Even though we put a lot of emphasis on the internship experience our relationship goes beyond the internship as we develop each intern as a corporate or community leader. INROADS has been in existence since 1970 and the true mission of the organization hasn’t changed. From inception we’ve looked for diamonds in the rough who need additional corporate polish to those who have great business presence but just don’t have access or a defined network. Providing access and exposure to business and community leaders are major elements of the INROADS program and leveraging the 26,000+ alumni is a key vehicle to making this happen. All INROADS interns learn the value of giving back and community service very early in the process. So once they become alumni the concept of reaching back and helping someone else make the transition into college or corporate America becomes second nature. To be part of an organization that makes a difference and provides opportunities to young people is personally rewarding and makes work not feel like work. At INROADS we are in the business of making a difference and I am sure if you were to ask the 26,000+ alumni about the impact INROADS had on their career and professional experience I am sure they would all respond positively. INROADS works!
As the New England Regional Board Chair, I am excited to represent an organization like INROADS. I am not only the chair but a corporate client of INROADS as President of Travelers Ocean Marine Business Unit, so I get the benefit of having INROADS be a key contributor to Travelers intern program and entry level talent pipeline. Travelers and INROADS have enjoyed a long partnership and built a relationship of collaboration. I volunteer as the Board Chair with an organization that is not only fulfilling a need in the community but also in corporate America. When the late Frank Carr attended the March on Washington, he left with a heavy heart and a committed spirit to change the complexion of corporate America. From that dream was birthed INROADS which has grown to an organization that spans 12 regions across the US and covers Mexico, and Canada. INROADS mission is to identify underserved talent and place them in business and industry and to prepare them for corporate and community leadership. I get the chance be a part of this transformation. Last year in the New England region we were able to partner with a CT vendor who was able to provide business attire for 3 INROADS candidate who through the efforts of INROADS received a corporate interview but didn’t have professional attire. INROADS works to go above and beyond to make a difference in a young person’s life. As a board member I don’t always get a chance to see all the day to day activities but I hear the stories from alumni, and testimonies from our interns. INROADS really makes a difference and we are in the business of transforming lives. In spite of the economy, business restructuring, downsizing, and business re-engineering, INROADS for over 40 years has continued to fulfill their mission. It hasn't been easy and we are always looking for new companies to place an intern or volunteers to facilitate training sessions. We work in work or corporate partners to identify volunteers and we rely heavily on INROADS alumni. INROADS is a community based organization that has a formula to impact Corporate and Community Leadership. INROADS is definitely an advantage and I am proud to be a member of the National Board and Chair of the New England Region.
Through the College Links pre-college program, INROADS identifies, prepares and equips high potential yet underresourced high school students for future college success. College Links creates opportunities for teens to nurture their talents and personal power through early intervention and support. The program recruits potential College Links scholars; provides them with business skill education and support; connects them with professional mentors and other interns to begin to create a business and career network; and prepares them for career success. In this way, College Links focuses on developing career awareness with scholars and their families to ensure that as critical personal and academic decisions are shaped, an academic and career pathway is established for success in college and career.
Success will be measured by survey responses after the completion of our College Links Leadership Summit, attendees who are fully matriculated in a four-year college/univerisity and maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to participate in the INROADS program. These students will be availabe for placement with one of our coproate partners and their performance will be monitored and measured throughout their intern/corporate relationship.
Through the Leadership Development Program, INROADS’ core service, INROADS identifies, prepares and equips high-achieving yet underserved college-age students for corporate readiness with business soft skills, professional development activities, academic and career support, and a salaried internship. Using a blended learning model, the Leadership Development Program targets students from a wide variety of majors and places them into paid corporate internships, all designed to produce future leaders who reflect the nation’s diversity. Participants receive intensive pre-employment training, monthly coaching and advising, online training, experiential learning and community service. Additionally, in many INROADS markets interns are eligible for INROADS academic scholarships through a competitive process designed to recognize, encourage and support outstanding interns who demonstrate leadership and scholarship.
INROADS begins supporting promising talent before they graduate from high school and maintains this connection as those participants leave college and build their careers. INROADS maintains an active alumni association, and through it, alumni play an integral role in ensuring that the mission and vision of INROADS thrives. They remain engaged as internship providers, donors, mentors and volunteers who work with INROADS to deliver training and support to INROADS interns and new members of the alumni community. INROADS’ Professional Connection provides a centralized and confidential resume referral service that provides a continuing link between INROADS alumni and sponsoring companies. In addition, special events such as the Frank C. Carr Day of Service and golf tournaments connect INROADS alumni to one another and to current interns for partnerships and potential opportunities.
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