SMC Participates in Innovative Draft Day for Lasallian HS Students

Cristo Rey De La Salle students participate in draft day.The atmosphere buzzed with excitement. There were balloons, loudspeakers pumping out music, pom-poms waving, cheers, proud parents, and a public address announcer rallying the crowd with shout-outs to recognize talented young prospects as they entered the gym. It was draft day in the East Bay. But this wasn’t a draft for the NBA or NFL. It was a special recruitment day for nearly 70 incoming freshmen from the new Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School (CRDLS) in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood.

More than a dozen leading Bay Area corporations and organizations, including Saint Mary’s College, “drafted” a team of four student associates to work in entry-level jobs at the institutions during the upcoming school year as part of CRDLS’ novel corporate work-study program.

“The CRDLS Corporate Work Study Program prepares students to become better thinkers, visionaries, and global problem solvers,” said Mike Anderer, president of CRDLS. “Each student associate spends five days a month in a professional work setting, gaining valuable real-world experience and earning half of his or her annual tuition. The program also benefits our corporate partners, who gain an innovative staffing and workforce ­­­­­development opportunity and enhanced diversity pipeline.”

Borrowing from the pomp and circumstance that marks a traditional sports draft day, CRDLS student associates were called to the stage to meet the corporate partners who will be a critical part of their high school experience. Saint Mary’s CRDLS interns include Nuvia Alvarez, Sophia Cruz-Barragan, Vidal Pena, and Alexandra Robles.

Just like at a professional sports day, Saint Mary’s four draft picks took part in photo-ops and were given cool swag to wear, including SMC hats, T-shirts, and other items. The four CRDLS student associates will work in the Offices of College Communications, and Mission and Ministry, where their responsibilities will include assisting with business office needs, organizing photo and video library assets, and providing web page support.  

“Saint Mary’s is proud to be a corporate, and Lasallian, partner of the Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School,” said Vice President for Mission Frances Sweeney. “We welcome our four CRDLS student associates and hope their experience at the College will be enriching and contribute to their educational and professional path to success.”

CRDLS is governed and operated by the District of San Francisco New Orleans, part of the Lasallian Region of North America of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.