“Putting the Pieces Together” at TFIM Student Leadership Conference

Businesses and organizations hosting explorations this year during our annual Student Leadership Conference for The Future Is Mine (TFIM) will give kids opportunities to look at careers in fields ranging from healthcare and government to financial services and video game design.

These students explored careers in theater and the arts while visiting the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust 

“We’ll have 16 different employers opening their doors,” said Program Director Gina Barrett “We always try to cover a broad range of interests and our site hosts always do a great job showing students the range of careers within their particular industries and companies.”

The two-day Conference, which takes place April 19-20, will bring teams of students and advisors from 30 high schools to Downtown Pittsburgh. More than 400 are expected to attend. The theme students identified for this year’s event is “Putting the Pieces Together.” Lots of them will be doing just that as they visit workplaces and attend a college fair at the Heinz History Center on the first day.

Following the college fair, kids convene for dinner, a dance and an overnight stay at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center. The following day, they’ll rotate through a dozen career-related workshops.

Employers hosting workplace visits include:  Allegheny General Hospital; ALCOSAN;  Allegheny County; Carnegie Museum of Art; iHeartMedia; Google; Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; Heinz History Center; Huntington National Bank; Jefferson Regional Medical Center; Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; Schell Games; Steeltown Entertainment; UPMC; Urban Design Associates; United Way of Southwestern PA;  and Waterways Association of Pittsburgh with Gateway Clipper Fleet.

Along with the site hosts, sponsors for the Conference so far include: American Eagle Outfitters Foundation; Dollar Bank; Duquesne Light; Highmark; HM Insurance Group; Huntington National Bank; NextTier; Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation; Range Resources; Scottdale Bank and UPMC.

Post-secondary schools so far signed up for the college fair are: Community College of Allegheny County; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; LaRoche College; Penn State Greater Allegheny; Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics; Pitt Greensburg; Pittsburgh Technical College and Robert Morris University