Youth Experiences

Exploring Opportunities

Our Elevate program team coordinates learning opportunities, paid work experiences, and various events for youth. Through our experiences, you'll learn about and explore career opportunities, gain skills, and develop confidence in your abilities! Check out our opportunities below.

Learning Opportunities

Job Shadow Youth

Job Shadows

Job shadows provide a sneak peek into a career. Applicants are matched with a company in their field of interest for a 3-hour job shadow experience. Job shadows are held each fall and winter.

2024 Winter Job Shadow Details: 

  • Mandatory Virtual Orientation: Wednesday, January 24, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Job Shadow Dates: Feb 23rd, March 1st, March 8, 9 am to 12 pm or 1 pm to 4 pm. *These are predicted dates and times, but flexibility is required as these dates and times are subject to change.
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DevNW Financial Foundations Courses

We partner with DevNW to offer youth Financial Foundations courses.

Are you working to save for a car, a degree, or your first apartment? Financial Foundations class will teach you the techniques and provide you with the mobile tools to reach your goals. You’ll learn to manage money, build emergency savings, create savings goals for big purchases, build and repair credit, and make smart decisions about taking on loans. Open to all Lane County high school students or youth from eligible programs.

Manufacturing Tour

Industry Tours

Each school year, our team curates various industry tours ranging from Tech Tours to Manufacturing Tours and much more. Educators typically register groups of youth to attend these events. Please let your school know if you're interested in attending a tour!

Upcoming Tours:

  • Health Tour:
    • Registration: Monday, January 29 - Monday, February 26
    • Experience: Thursday, March 7, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • EWEB Tour:
    • Registration: Monday, February 5 - Monday, March 11
    • Experience: Thursday, March 21, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Technology Tour:
    • Registration: Monday, March 4 - Monday, April 8
    • Experience: Thursday, April 18, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Natural Resources Tour
    • Registration: Monday, April 1 - Monday, April 29
    • Experience: Thursday, May 9, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Email to register!

Check out Upcoming Events

The Connected Lane County events calendar lists all upcoming events and experiences for our organization. You can subscribe to the calendar to display the events on your Google, Outlook, or Yahoo calendars.

Paid Work Experiences

Youth in Summer Internship

Summer Internships

Elevate Internships are available to current Lane County high school juniors and seniors. What makes our internships unique is that we find internship hosts based on the interests of our interns. Interns will begin with an internship orientation and a financial foundations course prior to starting their internship of 40 hours per week with a local company. The entire internship experience lasts seven weeks and totals approximately 220 hours of valuable hands-on experience and work-based learning.

Applications require one letter of recommendation. Those selected to move forward will participate in one interview before final interns are chosen. Limited spots are available so be sure to get your application in early and follow ALL steps to submit a complete application!

Connected Lane County is a county-wide organization that strives to ensure all student experiences are designed equitably. Paid internships are highly sought after in our region, and with limited spots available, our selection process aims to ensure we have representation from all 16 school districts, applicants who are currently juniors and seniors, equitable representation of BIPOC and white students, and gender identities.

Registration closes on Friday, March 29, 2024. The experience will occur Monday, June 24, through Thursday, August 8.

EWEB Industry Tour News Coverage

May 6, 2024

In March 2024, Connected Lane County coordinated a tour of EWEB’s facility. Dozens of youth from schools across Lane County came to EWEB to explore the Utility Service Industry. The high school youth learned about various high-wage, high-demand jobs and saw how a large utility company like EWEB operates. The youth visited various stations and…

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Meet Leo, our April youth highlight!

April 22, 2024

Meet Leo, our April Youth Highlight!  Leo (they/them) has been a Connected Lane County participant since the summer of 2023 when they were a Summer Intern! Leo was placed at Volunteers in Medicine and learned more about what a career in health care would look like.  This internship gave them insight into the mental health…

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marketingJAM makes waves in a three-day weekend competition

February 12, 2024

marketingJAM, the three-day marketing competition, wrapped up a successful showcase! We had 12 teams and saw competitors from Bethel, Creswell, Junction City, Siuslaw, Springfield, and 4J. Teams took on real-world challenges from local nonprofits, including Springfield Education Foundation, Lane Workforce Partnership, City Club of Eugene, and Positive Community Kitchen. Marmalade Marketeers from Creswell High School…

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Youth Highlight: Daniel

January 17, 2024

Meet Daniel, our monthly youth highlight! Daniel came to Connected Lane County through his school’s Career Center. He struggled to find employment and wanted to expand his skills. Our team placed Daniel in a paid summer internship with Bitforest based on his interests. Following his summer internship, he participated in codeORcreate, where his team won…

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codeORcreate a Three-Day Youth Technology Competition Ends With a Weekend Showcase

December 12, 2023

codeORcreate is an annual three-day youth technology competition. Connected Lane County hosted 48 youth from 13 schools and 7 school districts. The youth had three days to create a tech-based solution to community problems and were paired with tech mentors. At the end of the weekend, youth got to present their projects to a panel…

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Connected Lane County Hosts Career Exploration Event for Middle Schoolers

December 8, 2023

In early November 2023, Connected Lane Couty hosted its Career Expo event to provide youth access to different career fields. Click this link to read KEZI 9’s article.

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Youth Highlight: Noel

October 5, 2023

Noel’s Journey to Connected Lane County  In his sophomore year at Siuslaw High School (2020), his enthusiastic computer science teacher, Mr. Mielke, approached Noel and recruited him to participate in our then-virtual youth hackathon called codeORcreate. The world was navigating the first year of COVID-19, and all extracurriculars had paused indefinitely. Noel, a computer science…

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Elevate Summer Internships 2023

August 16, 2023

In the heart of Lane County, a wave of youthful energy and ambition swept through this summer, as 62 aspiring minds embarked on a transformative journey through the 2023 Elevate Summer Internships. Last week, we had the privilege of celebrating the remarkable achievements of these interns at our Summer Internship Celebration. This event served as a testament to the dedication and hard work of our 62 interns, all juniors and seniors, representing 15 school districts and 23 schools within Lane County.

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Youth Highlight: Bella

July 17, 2023

Bella’s Journey From New Mexico to the Art Institute of Chicago We are thrilled to present the inspiring story of Bella, a talented young artist who joined our community after moving from New Mexico to Eugene during her freshman year of high school. Bella’s transition to a new city was initially challenging. Yet she soon…

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Every month, you'll receive updates about events and opportunities!

Elevate Events

Youth and a industry partner at Career Expo.

Career Expo

Our annual Middle School Career Exploration event is hosted each fall, typically in November! Youth meet with and do hands-on activities alongside professionals from at least 14 companies. Pre-lessons for educators will be sent in advance.

This event is for 8th-graders. 

2023 Career Expo Dates: 

  • Career Expo: Wednesday, November 7 - Thursday, November 9
Elevate Youth Experiences (codeORcreate)


codeORcreate is an annual three-day hackathon hosted each December for teams of up to five youth. Participation is free and open to all Lane County high school-aged youth and Lane Community College students interested in website design, coding, graphic design, or game design. 

Participation in codeORcreate fulfills the work-based learning requirement for students working towards their CTE program completion.

2023 codeORcreate: Friday, December 8-Sunday, December 10

Sponsored by Emerald Broadband and SheerID!



marketingJAM is an annual three-day marketing competition hosted each January for teams of up to five youth. Participation is free and open to all Lane County high school-aged youth and Lane Community College students interested in marketing, branding, design, and business.

Participation in marketingJAM fulfills the work-based learning requirement for students working towards their CTE program completion.

2024 marketingJAM: Friday, January 26-Sunday, January 28

Hiring Fair

Each spring, our Hiring Fair connects graduating seniors to local job openings in high-wage, high-demand career fields. Numerous local companies with open entry-level positions join us for this event.

View the 2024 Hiring Fair Website for more info.

This event is for graduating seniors and youth from our Navigate program. 

2024 Hiring Fair: Thursday, May 2, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

Youth Resources

Learn about local industries and career options by reviewing our pathway documents. Get to know Connected Lane County by watching videos on our YouTube channel! And visit our job board for youth to find a local job!