What if every day was “take your dog to work” day? Our next Industry Live explores careers working with animals and outdoors.

What if every day was “take your dog to work” day?  It’s possible. In our next Industry Live we’re exploring careers where you get to work with animals as well as jobs outdoors.  Join us on October 15 2020 1 pm – 2 pm AEDT where you’ll meet:

Nicole and Zorro – Dog handler and detector dog
Nicole is an author, researcher, field ecologist and detection dog handler, working with her dog, Zorro (pictured at the top), to identify Tasmanian masked owl habitat. Nicole will share with us what it’s like to work side by side with her dog out in the field and the opportunities, challenges and pathways associated with working with animals. Zorro is a border-collie/springer spaniel who’s been in training to find Tasmanian masked owl pellets since he was nine weeks old. Learn more about Zorro in this ABC article.

Virginia – Marine mammal scientist
Virginia undertakes research and provides scientific advice to conserve whales, focusing on the movement of whales by analysing data transmitted by satellite tags. She is the only person to have ever attached a satellite tag to an Antarctic blue whale. Working for the Australian Antarctic Division, Virginia has also spent a lot of time at sea and on land studying Antarctic flying birds and penguins. She specialises in remote field work and will share with us what it’s like observing these amazing creatures and working away from home for much of the time.

Matt and Clancy – Beekeepers
Matt and Clancy are father and son beekeepers. They’ll share with us what they love about working with bees and being out on the road and in the great outdoors, as well as why they think it’s a great industry for young people to get into. You’ll hear from them what you need to get your first hive registered and up and running, as well as some amazing facts you never knew about bees.

About Industry Live: 

Join Beacon Foundation online for Industry Live, a series of live career awareness and exploration events via video conference. We invite expert industry panellists to share their stories, top tips for success, and answer questions from school students across Australia in a discussion led by a facilitator. Industry Live is open to all students across Australia in Years 6-12.

Simply register and we’ll be in touch to talk you through log-ins and logistics, more information about Industry Live and how to register can be found via this link.

 

 

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George Town announces the winners of their bumper sticker competition

Beacon are proud of all of our Collective ed. communities and the great work that they are doing. Today, the George Town site, through their Future Impact Group (FIG) shared the exciting news announcing the winners of their community pride bumper sticker art competition. The competition invited community members to design seven themed bumper stickers celebrating the municipality. The competition themes were identified by the community from a series of face-to-face consultations and online surveys as elements the George Town and surrounding community is proud of.

The seven themes for the stickers include:

  • “Love living in George Town Municipality”
  • “Beach Lover of George Town Municipality”
  • “Mountain Biker of George Town Municipality”
  • “Walk, ride, run in George Town Municipality”
  • “Blown away by George Town Municipality”
  • “Wine lover of George Town Municipality”
  • “Love fishing in George Town Municipality”

The 8 winning entries of the sticker competition available for free to locals of the George Town municipality.

More than 200 entries were received and community members from 6 to 85 years of age entered the competition. The stickers will be handed out for free to locals as a way of bolster community pride to display on cars and in shop windows.

The competition is one of a series of initiatives by the Community Pride working group of the FIG – a group of dedicated community members focusing on understanding and building a sense of pride in George Town Municipality and part of the wider Collective ed. network.

About the FIG
The FIG is a long term, whole-of-community approach for the people of George Town Municipality. FIG aims to create meaningful impact by collaborating across community, business, government and services. FIG collects community voices and uses data to help make authentic decisions that align with the needs of the George Town Municipality. The work of the FIG is supported by the Beacon Foundation (Collective ed.).

About Collective ed.
Collective ed. is a collective impact initiative hosted by Beacon Foundation’s Systems Change. Collective ed. has set out to ensure more young people complete year 12 or equivalent and enable them to transition into meaningful pathways after school. Collective ed. is built on the power of the community and place the community at the centre to drive large scale systems change. Collective ed. has invited six communities across Tasmania to join the Collective ed. network. The communities include Bayview, Sorell, Jordan River, Meander Valley, Central Coast and George Town. Hosted by Beacon Foundation, Collective ed. is a $15 million, five-year project, funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Australia’s biggest philanthropic organisation, and the Tasmanian State Government.

How a MyRoad mentor gave Nickiera new insights into a future career in science

Nickiera is a Year 10 student at Keysborough College Banksia Campus in Victoria. Nickiera and a group of students recently participated in a MyRoad mentor session hosted by Beacon Foundation. Nickiera had the opportunity to meet Pamela D’Netto who is a Senior Speech Pathologist at Queensland Health.

We asked Nickiera about her experience joining a MyRoad session for the first time, this is what she said.

Hi Nickiera, you’ve just completed a MyRoad mentor session, congratulations! What did you learn from the mentor?

Thank you! I got to speak to Pamela and I learnt more about the health industry as a whole. I got a further insight into the process of getting into a career that does interest me. I learnt that an Australian degree in any sort of healthcare is thought of very highly in other countries like the UK.

What did you think about MyRoad before you did the mentor session?

I was actually quite sceptical about it. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be comfortable with doing it. As I didn’t have much of an understanding of what it was before actually doing it, I kind of just rolled my eyes because it was a mandatory thing that I knew I had to do.

After having completed the session, has anything changed?

Totally, the program went above and beyond my expectations. I didn’t realise that we’d be actually able to have a proper conversation with the mentor. I liked the fact that we did it in a small group, and that we could ask questions regarding Pamela’s job and her experiences with working in healthcare. If I knew that it was going to be in small groups and that we’d be able to actually ask questions the way we did, I definitely think I would’ve had a more positive thought process before going into the program.

What were your main takeaways from the session?

Definitely that healthcare is a hard career, but extremely rewarding. I also learnt the fact that Australian degrees in health are considered very admirable in other countries. Another takeaway is how many opportunities healthcare has within itself, like you could study to do one thing and that could lead up to another career in healthcare that you’re interested in.

What will you be doing next, as a result of the MyRoad program?

I will definitely be focusing a lot more in classes, so that I can have a greater background knowledge going into university. I’m also going to look into possibly considering doing my studying in Australia then going overseas for a job, it just seems really cool that people in healthcare can travel to get jobs.

Any tips you would like to share with other students that you learned from the mentor?

Probably that you will have to work hard to get into a career you want, especially relating to healthcare. That now (Year 10) is the time to start really focusing on school and trying your hardest. Lastly that you may start off in a career that you don’t like, and you shouldn’t be afraid to take that risk and change jobs.

Is there anything else you would like to tell future students who are about to do a MyRoad mentor session?

I’d say talking with the mentor in small groups is not as intimidating as it would be if it was like with a whole class. It was really enjoyable and it did help open my eyes further into the healthcare industry.

Thank you Nickiera for sharing your story.

Special thank you also to Pamela D’Netto who is one of our valuable volunteer mentors. Check out Pamela’s story in the video below to hear why she decided to join Beacon Foundation as a mentor and what she thinks is the best part of the program.

About MyRoad

The MyRoad mentor program is run online and gives students an opportunity to talk directly with an industry mentor. Close to 1000 trained mentors (all volunteers) from diverse industries and backgrounds are matched with students from schools across Australia where they meet in a supervised online environment. Mentors guide students through a set of 6 structured modules, all aligned to the Australian Curriculum for General Capabilities and Work Studies. In response to COVID-19 lockdowns, students like Nickiera in Victoria, can now also participate in MyRoad from home once a school has made a booking.

For more information about MyRoad and how to sign up your students, click here.

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Actor, writer and comedian Luke McGregor confirmed to join Industry Live

Fancy a career in the spotlight or perhaps working behind the scenes to create some of the TV, films and media we love to watch?  There are many exciting roles in these industries that we explored our Industry Live on 10 Sept 2020 at 11.30am-12.30pm AEST. The topic was “Careers on and off screen” and we were joined by a number of high profile speakers giving us the inside scoop:

Luke McGregor – Actor, writer and comedian
Luke has performed at national and international comedy festivals and appeared in many TV shows. He is best known for his work on TV series Rosehaven and Utopia. Luke grew up in Tassie where he attended university, and he talked to us about what it takes to grow a successful career in entertainment.

Nathan Kannegiesser – Stunt actor
Nathan is known for his stunt work on movies including Hacksaw Ridge, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Fast and The Furious: F9. Nathan talked to us about what it’s like to work in the movies, some of the interesting stunts he’s performed, and the skills you’ll need for getting into his line of work. Nathan Kannegiesser in action:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derek Hall – Head of studios
Derek is the Head of Studios for Screen Queensland and has worked directly on film projects for Universal, Marvel, Disney, IMAX and Netflix. Derek has also been a film producer and shared his insider knowledge about the film industry and his secrets for success.

Astrid Wells Cooper – Casting agent, actor and voice artist
Astrid is a casting agent, running Wells Cooper Casting, casting actors in Hobart & Brisbane. Astrid has been involved in casting for TV series The Kettering Incident and Rosehaven. Astrid is also an actor and voice artist. She talked to us about the skills you need to become a casting agent as well as her tips on getting into film and TV. Astrid in action, image by Laura Purcell:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Industry Live: 

Join Beacon Foundation online for Industry Live, a series of live career awareness and exploration events via video conference. We invite expert industry panellists to share their stories, top tips for success, and answer questions from school students across Australia in a discussion led by a facilitator. Industry Live is open to all students across Australia in Years 6-12.

Simply register and we’ll be in touch to talk you through log-ins and logistics, more information about Industry Live and how to register can be found via this link.

 

 

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Finding their Place – live streamed event for businesses

Beacon are proud to be working alongside Burnie Works, North-West Industry Training Hub and business in Tasmania’s North West and on the Central Coast to deliver ‘Finding their Place’. This outcome focused campaign is a call to industry to offer VET placements to local year 11/12 students who will need to undertake a VET placement to complete year 12. We want to reach as many businesses as possible across the Central Coast, Burnie, Waratah- Wynyard, Circular Head and West Coast council areas to ensure that students in the Hellyer Regional Collective will have the best opportunity to complete their training in what has been a very disrupted year for all of our young people.

Thursday August 27 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Grab your lunch and listen to special guest speakers from our region discuss the importance of supporting our kids education at this time. How can your business help out? Tune it for details, register here.

Click here for more information and to download the Finding Their Place Poster.

 

“I’ve seen kids give up because they don’t know how to get a job in different industries”

We sat down with Charlotte to hear why she decided to join Beacon’s inaugural Youth Advisory Committee. This is her story. 

“It was my teacher actually who told me about Beacon’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) and suggested I should apply to join. It’s a new group with seven students from across Tasmania, coming together to advise Beacon Foundation directly on the ways they can best support us young people. 

Last year I participated in a Student Leadership Program facilitated by Collective ed. We worked through the theory of change for young people in George Town. I really enjoyed it! It also opened up my eyes to the opportunity of sharing my opinions and thoughts to help create change for others.

This is also why I want to be part of the Beacon’s YAC. I want to use my voice to be part of creating change, and benefit my community and other young people like myself. I want to help make peoples’ lives better so that they have something to look forward too. For example, in my community, hosting events have been really helpful as a way of connecting and simply having stuff to do and keep busy. This goes for both youth and adults.

I also think we need to do more for young people to help them get jobs. I want to become a hairdresser in the future and know how to do so because my aunt is one. Not everyone is in this situation. I’ve seen kids give up because they don’t know how to get a job in different industries. We learn about different industries but we need to also learn the practical skillsets and get an understanding of how to actually get those jobs. This is something I want to discuss at the YAC.

I know that myself, my three younger sisters and my peers, will all face challenges to secure future jobs due to the pandemic. It’s more important now than ever, that we as young people make sure our concerns and ideas are heard and are part of the solution. I will take any opportunity I can to be part of creating change and I challenge business, government and politicians to do the same”.

Charlotte Freeman, YAC member 

Updates from Beacon Foundation August 2020

“I’ve seen kids give up because they don’t know how to get a job in different industries”
We sat down with Charlotte to hear why she decided to join Beacon’s inaugural Youth Advisory Committee. Charlotte is 17 years old and lives in George Town. She is a student at the Port Dalrymple School, part of the Collective ed. network. This is her story.

Beacon launches a new pilot program in Tasmania
Beacon has commenced a new pilot project in partnership with Tasmania’s Department of Education called Vocational Placement Pilot Project (VPPP). The project will explore the benefit an intermediary organisation like Beacon can provide to support the arrangement and completion of vocational placements for students undertaking VET courses in Tasmania. We will be working closely with a selection of secondary schools and colleges across north and north-western Tasmania. The project will support employers across all sectors to assist young people on their critical journey through education and training and onto meaningful employment. To learn more about the project, reach out to Nick Probert from Beacon Foundation directly.

“Finding their place” – calling on business to offer VET placements to help students finish Y12
Beacon are proud to be working alongside Burnie Works, North-West Industry Training Hub and business in Tasmania’s North West and on the Central Coast to deliver ‘Finding their Place’. This outcome focused campaign is call to industry to offer VET placements to local year 11/12 students who will need to undertake a VET placement to complete year 12. We want to reach as many businesses as possible across the Central Coast, Burnie, Waratah- Wynyard, Circular Head and West Coast council areas to ensure that students in the Hellyer Regional Collective will have the best opportunity to complete their training in what has been a very disrupted year for all of our young people. More information here.

Work Readiness Program is back on the ground in Tasmania and Queensland

After a long wait, Beacon is back to running our face-to-face programs in Tasmanian and Queensland schools. We recently ran a Work Readiness Program for 39 Year, 10 students, at Woodbridge School. The students identified their transferable skills and created their own elevator pitch. The highlight of the day was the mentors, a group of industry professionals volunteering their time to share personal work experiences and answer the students’ questions. The day finished with mock interviews, run by the mentors to help students practice their pitches.

Beacon Foundation is moving to a .org.au URL and email address 
As of August 31st Beacon Foundation will also update its URL to www.beaconfoundation.org.au along with updating all our email addresses the same firstname.lastname@beaconfoundation.org.au. As a visitor to our site, you do not need to do anything different. I encourage you to save our new www.beaconfoundation.org.au to your favourites and even if you by habit type in our old URL, it will auto direct you to our new URL. When reaching out to us, our old e-mails will still be working, however, you will see us reply from our new contact details. The change to a .org.au is made to better reflect our status as a not for profit. This is because a .org.au URL is reserved for non-commercial organisation and not for profits like Beacon Foundation. You can read more here.

Endless Opportunities, Endless Education Campaign launched on the Central Coast

Collective ed. has set out to ensure more young people complete year 12 or equivalent and enable them to transition into meaningful pathways after school.

Collective ed. Central Coast and Ulverstone Secondary College have been working together on a project to improve the community aspiration in the Central Coast around the value of completing Year 12 and promoting the importance to never stop learning. The campaign was co-designed with the students and the final product is now visible on the local busses, driving the streets across town inspiring young people to complete year 12 because through education “you open up a world of possibilities” Watch the launch here.

Survey shows that Tasmanians most concerned about jobs and supporting young people
Federal Group have released the results of the third survey of the Tasmanian population regarding views and actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, undertaken by EMRS. Tasmanians considered career training packages in emerging industries for high school students as most important to combat youth unemployment followed by programs to keep young people engaged in work. Beacon Foundation was asked to comment on the findings saying with chief executive Scott Harris said the challenges young people faced with employment during the coronavirus recovery period was concerning. Read the Examiner story here.

When COVID-19 opens up learning opportunities, rather than closing them down
Collective ed. was invited to speak as part of a youth work lecture series on Community Development hosted by the Australian Pacific Training Coalition, which was born out of a partnership between DFAT, Solomon Islands Government and Queensland TAFE. Sorell students Riley & Emma represented their school.

 

 

Beacon Foundation launches a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
Students in year 10-12 from across Tasmania are encouraged to apply to join Beacon’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).  We are recruiting 7 members for our YAC to ensure we continue doing our work with the voice of young people at the centre. YAC will make sure our programs and service delivery meet the need of young people and stay relevant. To learn more about the group and ways to apply, click here.

 

Beacon helps students to connect during lockdown. 

This month, MyRoad online mentor sessions have seen four Victorian high schools participate with their students logging in from home to have a chat with their mentors. This is part of Beacon’s ongoing commitment to support schools and communities through the COVID-19 arrangements.

Mentors in these sessions were from all over Australia. One mentor who is a marketing manager based in Darwin in the NT said: “every new session I do just keeps getting better: I learn more about these students and their lives and how they feel about the future, and it’s great being able to share advice with them on school, university and careers.” One of Beacon’s long-term mentors who is a doctor in a Melbourne hospital said: “It was a first-time running zoom with the students at home, and the girls attending were fantastic with their level of participation and engagement.” 

“Students were very engaged. Great kids, very enthusiastic,” said another long-term mentor who has mentored more than 40 groups of students.

Whilst one of the students said “The most important thing I learnt from my mentor is how much resilience we need to get to where we want to be”. Other students’ comments included:

“My favourite thing about today’s session was how well my mentor guided me through my dream career.”

“It was good being able to talk to someone I don’t know about different careers and get an outside point of view on different jobs, careers and just life in general.”

“My favourite thing about today’s session was being able to talk to someone new and learn more about different careers and advice in life.”

MyRoad sessions are running throughout 2020 and can be delivered to students at home or at school and can be booked here. If you or your organisation is interested in becoming MyRoad mentors, learn more and register here.

MyRoad mentors share their experience
“The best part of the program is definitely speaking to the students and hearing their stories and sharing your own experiences. When a student tells you at the end of a session that you’ve been able to broaden their horizon in terms of their career choices or even simply having helped them work out their strengths, it really does leave you with a good feeling” – Jo Healy, Fox Sports News Journalist. Jo Healy, Fox Sports News Journalist explains why she decided to become a MyRoad mentor and why she thinks students benefit from the opportunity.

Beacon is moving to a .org.au website URL and emails

On August 31st 2020, Beacon Foundation updated its URL to www.beaconfoundation.org.au along with updating all our email addresses the same firstname.lastname@beaconfoundation.org.au. As a visitor to our site, you do not need to do anything different. You are encouraged to save our new www.beaconfoundation.org.au to your favourites and even if you by habit type in our old URL, it will auto direct you to our new www.beaconfoundation.org.au website. When reaching out to us, our old e-mails will still be working, however, you will see us reply from our new contact details in the format of firstname.lastname@beaconfoundation.org.au.

Why is Beacon Foundation doing this change? The change makes sense as it is made to better reflect our status as a not for profit. This is because a .org.au URL is reserved for non-commercial organisation and not for profits like Beacon Foundation.

If you have any questions about the new URL or our emails, please contact communications@beaconfoundation.org.au

 

 

Let’s step up for our young people

When I reflect on my own journey growing up, I think about how fortunate I’ve been. I’ve had special people in my life that recognised my potential, as a cricketer, but also as a person. Two of those people are local cricket identities Enrico Di Venuto and Tim Coyle who have both been important mentors to me. Looking back, I was lucky to have cricket and people like them around me. For many young people, they are not so lucky and lack the support network I grew up taking for granted.

A few months ago, just as COVID-19 restrictions were about to hit, I met with Scott Harris at a local coffee shop in Hobart. Scott is the CEO of Beacon Foundation, a national not for profit supporting young people to complete year 12 and carve their future career paths. It was a sombre conversation as the reality of the pandemic was becoming evident. Scott described how we were in for a serious time ahead and that the greatest impact would almost certainly be felt by our young people and that if a proactive approach was not taken this could be felt for many years ahead.

Realising the severity of the situation, Beacon Foundation had reached out to see if I was interested in being their National Ambassador for Be@Connected, a new online learning series they had put together in response to education moving online.  The series was to focus on life skills that would help our young people get through this challenging time and give them inspiration and learnings for now and for the future. I could sense the commitment of the organisation to make a difference in a non-fuss and genuine manner. Knowing just how much this kind of support had meant to me growing up, I didn’t hesitate in joining the cause right there and then.

Bayview Secondary College student Nayton Martelli won a Beacon Foundation competition and interviewed Test captain Tim Paine.

Be@Connected took me right out of my comfort zone. There I was talking about being a good listener, the benefits of having a mentor and the importance of being your authentic self, offering insights and support to young people across Australia. Despite feeling nervous and unfamiliar to the situation, I knew it was the right thing to do.

I watched the series unfold with new topics introduced by key speakers all providing a sense of hope during times of hardship. The series made me stop and think further about the challenges that our young people face and how this current situation will impact them.

As the weeks passed by, the final episode of Be@Connected was quickly approaching. In the early hours of a crisp Wednesday morning I met Nayton, a year 7 student from Bayview Secondary College (formerly Rokeby High School). He was the student who had won a competition to interview me and wrap up 6 weeks of Be@Connected. When I finally got the opportunity to meet Nayton I was so impressed by the young man before me.

I couldn’t help but think back to my days at Bayview, the same school I had attended and how fortunate I have been to find a pathway that I absolutely love. Nayton had prepared the questions for that session, giving an insight into what mattered to him and his peers.  He asked me about how to build resilience and handle stress, as well as my values and the role that mentors have had on my life.

There is no way that I would have had the confidence or courage to do what Nayton did that day.  Growing up has its challenges and this experience reminded me of about how important it is for us to support our young people to give them the best possible chance to head on a positive pathway. Now more than ever our young people are going to need us. As a Dad myself to two small children, this now has so much more importance for me.

I’ve always been conscious of the role I can play in helping others, both as ‘Tim Paine the cricketer’, and ‘Tim Paine the person’.  I would like to think that I’ve always remained true to my upbringing, I know for sure how quickly life can change.

I came away from the Be@Connected series feeling compelled to further support young people and the important role Beacon has taken on.  The role that we all should take on, as members of our community, to help our young people navigate the enormous challenges and opportunities that come their way. We must all step up and take responsibility.

Take a moment today to ask yourself, what role you can play to support our many young people playing the game of their future where the playing field is not always equal?  I know that if I didn’t have Enrico and Tim that early on, my life journey could have been so very different.

I worry about the post-COVID reality of youth unemployment and disadvantage.  We need organisations, like the Beacon Foundation, that provide a link between education and industry. The opportunities they will create into the future, are so important.

Let’s all do our bit to give our young people the best possible chance to live their dreams.  They deserve it.

By Tim Paine, Australian Test Cricket Captain. Originally published via Mercury. 

 

About Be@Connected:

Be@Connected is a new set of 12 free online learning programs, streamed on YouTube. The series will feature a range of prominent and inspiring speakers from a variety of fields covering topics including communication, resilience, wellbeing, problem solving and adaptability. The short series is specifically designed for students across Australia to support them through this period of great uncertainty. Be@Connected is free and students can watch the sessions on YouTube where they will be available throughout Term Two. Simply subscribe to the YouTube channel and join us!

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Be@Connected to Host World Swimming Champion

Beacon Foundation has today launched the full speaker schedule for their online learning series, Be@Connected.  From Ambassador, Australian Test Cricket Captain Tim Paine, to Australian Swimming World Champion Ariarne Titmus, it is no wonder that the series is proving to be a huge success with students across Australia.

Beacon Foundation CEO Scott Harris said, “The calibre of speakers that we have wanting to support Australian students through this period is exceptional.”

Mr Harris added, “Ariarne Titmus is a World Champion who is generously giving her time and insights to assist students across Australia, when she herself is having to regroup following the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.  This commitment to young people is outstanding, we are thrilled to have Ariarne on board.”

“There is no doubt that the Great Shutdown will have significant impacts on our young people, and we are starting to see that already.  Beacon Foundation are committed to making sure we continue to be there for young people all over Australia.”

Be@Connected is into its third week of a six week series, with topics already addressed including teamwork, communication, creativity, personal brand and attitude.

Ariarne’s session is scheduled for June 3, the final week of the series.  During the session Ariarne will address looking after yourself and the importance of wellbeing.

Ariarne commented, “Be@Connected is an exciting and relevant initiative to be involved with.  We are all having to adapt and adjust to new ways of doing things during this period and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and tips to students around Australia.”

She added, “It is more important than ever that we pay close attention to our young people at this time as they journey through the uncertainty that we all face.”

“I hope my story and experiences can help inspire students to stay motivated during this time.”

Be@Connected continues to gain momentum, with two new episodes being posted to the Beacon Foundation’s You Tube channel weekly.

Be@Connected will run alongside Beacon’s preexisting suite of online programs Industry Live and My Road. Find the full term two schedule here.