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TCA is a non-profit organization developed by a group of young San Diego professionals who wanted to pass on the tools and lessons from the generations before us to the generations after us.
One thing that we all have in common is that networking has been one of the most valuable tools for us as we have navigated the professional world and built our respective careers. So, we are on a mission to teach kids the value of networking and the importance of relationships.
With everyone becoming more and more dependent on technology, we really want to highlight and preserve connectedness as a tool that doesn't need to be replaced by connectivity.
We currently have 2 Kid Networking programs- one is for students preparing to attend college and the other one is more of an introduction to the basics of networking for younger audiences.
Both programs teach kids that networking is not just about how you can benefit from your network, it is about how you can add value to your network. Always seek opportunities to connect others to resources and opportunities.
Both programs start with lessons relevant to the age of the audience and are followed by a multi-generational networking event with local professionals.
Advice to parents:
- Leading by example is always a great place to start. Introduce your kids to people in your network and help engage them in participating meaningful 2-way conversations.
- Think Age-Friendly when explaining the concept of networking. Younger kids may be able to better relate to examples related to sharing toys or taking advantage of school events or resources.
- Always highlight the importance of adding value to their network. Find ways to help a friend, teacher, coach, or student they haven't met yet.
- Put the phone down! Be present.