Our Partners

Team Effort

Road to Hire creates opportunity for applicants through paid professional development, technical training and entry-level job placement. Our partners then help students turn that opportunity into a career. Each Road to Hire participant’s development program includes a two-month assessment process and a six-month training program, followed by mentorship during the first year in a role at a partner company.

Where It Began

As the inaugural employer partner, Red Ventures and its CEO, Ric Elias, have been heavily invested in our students’ success since 2014. The Road to Hire mentorship program is supported by over 200 Red Ventures employees based at its South Charlotte headquarters.

Our Volunteers

Our team believes this is the work of our lifetimes, and we’re fueled by the contributions of our volunteers – 625 individuals humbled us with their gifts in 2019 alone. From industry-leaders teaching tech, to mentors walking alongside our students as they tackle college life, it is these individuals' time and talents that make Road to Hire possible.

Impact - Volunteers

Priya Balakrishnan

Growing up, ‘leave it better than you found it’ was a common phrase in my household. My parents always encouraged me to give back where you can. Some people think that giving back needs to be monetary, or that you need to have direct correlation with the cause. What I’ve learned is that you can make an impact with just your influence and knowledge.

As a life mentor for Road to Hire I get to do exactly that. Sometimes you are a friend and share a listening ear. Other times, you are someone who shares feedback that may be tough, but ultimately will better the individual in the long term. You are a cheerleader, ally, advocate and so much more. Seeing my mentees successfully graduate the program and get long-lasting jobs has been such a meaningful experience. It feels like I’ve gained two friends along the way, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity.