Disneyland Resort has committed an additional $1 million to its community workforce development initiative, bringing the total to $5 million. These funds support local nonprofits such as Orange County United Way, which provides career enrichment experiences for high schools in the Anaheim Union School District.
Orange County United Way collaborates with schools in the Anaheim Union High School District in addition to companies like the Disneyland Resort to expose students to career possibilities and opportunities.
“One of the exciting parts of this relationship we have with the Disneyland Resort is that we’re targeting schools within the Anaheim area to give them equity, career awareness and life skills they need,” shares Sergio Contreras, executive director, United for Student Success at Orange County United Way and former Disneyland Resort cast member. “Through the collaboration, Disneyland Resort provides the funding to offer workshops for our students to hear first-hand from cast members that look like them and sound like them to learn about everything from leadership development, to resume building, to interview skills… all those soft skills that they would most likely not learn in school that they’re going to need.