The Forrest E. Powell Foundation’s Evanston WE Program recognizes that every strong community needs a strong and skilled workforce to ensure diverse opportunities and economic stability.  However, not every high school student wants to attend a four-year college to obtain advanced skills and launch a successful, productive career. All ambitious students deserve respect, support and access to training/certification as they prepare for a chosen profession. The goal of the WE Program is to help ETHS students improve their career and technical employment outcomes while meeting the needs of local employers and growing sectors and industries.

The Forrest E. Powell Foundation’s WE Program provides:

  • intensive soft-skills workshop trainings

  • a paid summer internship

  • mentoring

  • a tuition stipend

to ambitious Evanston Township High School students interested in the tech and trades.

The WE Program collaborates with community partners to identify our targeted students and deliver programs efficiently. 

Students are inducted their junior year of high school, participate in a supportive and sequential curriculum consisting of 14 career readiness workshops, receive a paid internship in the summer between their junior and senior years, and matched 1:1 with a career-related mentor.

Upon graduation, participants typically attend a community college, vocational school, trade school, apprenticeship or other training program in fields such as:

  • Automotive Mechanics

  • Healthcare - including: Physical Therapy Asst., Pharmacy Tech, Lab Technicians, etc.

  • Culinary Arts

  • Police, Firefighting, EMT, Paralegal

  • Manufacturing

  • Technology - including IT Support and Website Design

  • Transportation and Logistics