Pencil wants to improve its Fellows Program, which provides career readiness training and a supported paid internship to rising and just-graduated high school seniors. The Fellows Program uses manual application and tracking processes, which have led to errors and have taken staff time that would be be better spent preparing students for internships. Pencil proposes to purchase and implement software that would automate the application and tracking systems. Staff will also be trained to use the system. The new software will foster efficiency so that staff will have more time to get to know and train fellows, which will lead to better matches between student interests and job placements.
This grant will allow the implementation of new software that will help Pencil better track students and will let staff spend more time with participants.