Telmate recruiter, Sheryl Stillman, spent the day teaching students of the Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley the fundamentals of presenting themselves in the working-world. Each month, several Telmate employees volunteer their time to train a small group of participants as part of the “Telmate Cares” community outreach program.
During the class, Stillman walked the students through simple steps that they can immediately start practicing to prepare themselves for life before and after graduating from high school. The class educated the students on the importance of a first impression, how to portray themselves in the public eye (via social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn) and interviewing success tips from a recruiter’s point-of-view.
“I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for the many people who have helped guide me along the way,” Stillman said. “Having any sort of impact on enriching these kids’ confidence is a huge honor to me.”
Twenty-year-old volunteer Reuben Garcia went back home to his stomping grounds to teach an Introduction to Information Technology class to a group of Boys & Girls Club participants. Each month, two volunteers lead these classes as part of their employer’s community outreach initiative, Telmate Cares.
Telmate, a leading inmate communications provider, was founded in Ontario over 10 years ago. The company is now the third largest and fastest growing inmate communications provider in the United States.
Much like his company’s humble beginnings, Garcia has roots in the community. Born and raised in Ontario, it was a pivotal moment for Garcia to teach this class to youth in the Boys and Girls Club. “Growing up, I had very few role models who helped me become the person I am today. It is humbling to have the opportunity to give back and do this for the kids.”
San Francisco-based technology company Telmate announced its partnership with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Child Protective Services to sponsor children in foster care so that they connect with their incarcerated loved ones during the holiday season.
The department reports they have approximately four children in foster care at any given time with an incarcerated parent. According to Telmate Spokesperson Jeff Hansen, video visits are the most efficient means for friends and family members to stay in touch. Telmate’s video visits are offered online both onsite and remotely, saving families time and money to visit their incarcerated loved ones in person. Read more