Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Youth Career Day Model

This model included a group of youths who needed to learn about more options than they currently knew or experienced; to believe that they, too, could achieve; and to learn that many paths, direct and indirect, lead to success.

The original design was to have three sessions with two speakers assigned to each of five rooms. Attendees could eat, socialize, attend sessions related to their top career interests, ask questions, attend another session if they wished, move on to the typical “college night” or career recruiting tables, and then network before leaving. The vendors represented area colleges and a career technology center.

Event Poster by Darryl Hillard

Everyone, however, met in one large room set up with round tables. Professionals, speaking from the podium at the front, spoke to all attendees. Each presentation was about fifteen minutes followed by Q & A. Refreshment tables in the back of the room and vendors’ tables on the right were convenient. The one big room's utility and intimacy perfected venue.

CONTENT provided by "real" people
Each speaker talked about his or her own journey, often incredibly difficult or seemingly impossible, and offered tips for success. The content variety increased the value beyond typical career/college information events. 

Professionals repeated how education or training, even continuing over time, would improve earning ability and self-esteem. In addition, they spoke about soft skills, levels of employment, salaries, and various paths for students without scholarships or funding, i.e., working full or part-time while earning an education.

Examples of career presenters included a dentist, registered nurse, engineer, graphic designer, dean, doctor, chef, truck driver, welder, construction association representative, apprenticeship training resource, a union president, sailor, etc. 

Recurring Themes
  • Continuing postsecondary training/education
  • Tying the present to the near and distant future, e.g., the journey
  • Goal-setting, goal-achieving and perseverance
  • Academics, leadership, team-playing and behavior
  • Test-taking continues in most professions, e.g., licenses
Sivilay Manisy, Metro Tech Marketing/Communications

  • Middle school students
  • High school students
  • High school graduates
  • Dropouts
  • Parents

Serendipitous Plan - shorter than scheduled 

Original Plan 10:00 am -2:00 pm
Registration: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.         
Welcome: 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.            
Session I: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.           
Sessions II & III            
Closing Remarks: 15 minutes  

Discussing Langston University
Event Registration: www.eventbrite.com

Advertising Facebook, website, email, posters, and word-of-mouth

Possible Event Sponsors/Organizers A school, community, career technology center, church, business, or other entity or entities in partnership could organize such an activity. Refreshments and door prizes were donated.
Cathy Poteet, Marketing/Communications

Actual Sponsor and Organizer of the All STAAR Youth Career Day 2013

STAAR Foundation, founded and directed by Gerald Scott, sponsored this career day. The leaders of its S.I.S.T.E.R.S. Mentoring Program created the vision and plan, executed by staff and volunteers from STAAR and its Tradesman Mentoring Program. 

Katawna Stephens was the event coordinator along with Contessa Duncan, Tyechia Crowder, Brittany Johnson, and Lynette Jones, other S.I.S.T.E.R.S. leaders. 

UCO Materials 

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