Volunteer with the ABI Foundation’s Statewide Summer Student Programs

May 14, 2021 | What A Ride McKenzie Kielman, Marketing & Engagement Coordinator, ABI Foundation, mkielman@iowaabi.org

The ABI Foundation programs would not be possible without the generous support of a strong network of professionals from a variety of occupations, organizations and industries across the state. It all goes back to these leaders, inspiring intergenerational interest for innovation in Iowa. We have endless opportunities to connect work that fulfills you to our expansive programming. Volunteer commitments can range from an hour or two to multiple days. Quickly approaching are our summer student programs, each requiring nearly 100 volunteers! Business Horizons (July 18-22 at Central College in Pella) is an innovation simulation for high school students from across Iowa to team up and compete as a start-up from inception to investor pitch. Each year, Business Horizons is in need of volunteers for a variety of roles throughout the week, from speakers and consultants to competition judges. While our week-long “Industry Advisors” mentor student teams may have any professional background, more specific opportunities also exist for those with experience in human resources, entrepreneurship, finance/investment and marketing. Leadership Iowa University (August 8-12 in the Des Moines area) is a college internship capstone to connect our state’s next decision makers with tools for personal and professional success. Leadership Iowa University volunteer opportunities include roundtable and panel discussions, as well as networking events with the student participants. The program seeks to include professionals representing (but not limited to) the following industries: government, business/ finance, nonprofit, human resources, agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare and more.

…and there are even more volunteer opportunities yet!

Do not hesitate to reach out, and we would love to connect with you. If time is tight, one of the best ways to engage with these programs is to spread the word! Help make a difference in the lives of high school students (grades 9-12) and college students that you know by encouraging them to sign up for these experiences today at BusinessHorizonsIowa.com or LeadershipIowaUniversity.com.

To learn more about these opportunities, contact foundation@iowaabi.org or 515.280.8000.