Helping Others On the Path to Success
“It’s incredible to hear how the young people in Mile High United Way’s Bridging the Gap program have overcome profound hardships. Their determination to transform their lives is inspiring. And, they all want to give back. So do I.”
Martin Mahalchick volunteers with Mile High United Way as a Career Week mock interview coach for youth participating in Bridging the Gap, a transformative program that fundamentally changes the lives of young adults who were in foster care. With the support of Independent Living Coaches and in collaboration with community partners and volunteers like Martin, young adults are connected to supportive services that guide them as they transition to adulthood.
Martin can relate to the feeling of being in transition. When he relocated to Denver about two years ago, he wanted to get involved with his community, meet like-minded professionals and make a real difference. Through connections from his job as a relationship manager with JP Morgan Chase, Martin connected with Mile High United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council and instantly found his place.
“Being a part of the Emerging Leader’s Council has been really important to me. Mile High United Way makes it so easy to see an immediate impact from my community involvement. For a relatively small investment of my time, I see a huge return in the community.”
Martin has had many great volunteer experiences with Mile High United Way, but he really loves serving as a mock interview coach during Bridging the Gap’s Career Week. “I’ve been fortunate to have incredible mentors and advisers during the course of my career – folks who helped me with my resume and strengthened my interview skills. It’s gratifying to pass that knowledge on to these incredible young people as they work to build their lives and achieve real independence.”
Bridging the Gap is a signature program of Mile High United Way’s Youth Success Initiative. Thanks to supporters like you, we offer programs and partner with organizations to support youth – many of whom are coming out of poverty, foster care or other adverse life experiences – and equip them with the tools they need to succeed.
Together, we are opening up the future for Metro Denver youth.