DC Youth Link Career Fair

Posted: April 12, 2012 by ERCPCP Blogger in Uncategorized

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On Wednesday, February 22nd DC Youth Link packed out the Recital Hall of THEARC!

DC Youth Link Region 1 & 2 (East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership & Progressive Life Center) partnered to host our first career fair for youth in our Department of Labor Workforce Development Program. Also known as the ‘Developing Young Professionals Program’, it helps young men and women ages 18-21 to achieve positive outcomes in employment, education, occupational skills training, certification programs and the military.

More than 40 youth came out to the fair and each walked away with a backpack containing valuable items for their professional development, and more than this, a message of hope from our guest speaker, Ms. Jewell Elliott. The founder of the Living Well Institute and a practicing attorney, Ms. Elliott empowered youth through her inspiring message of hope, perseverance and purpose as seen in the life story of Frederick Douglass.  Finally, she challenged youth to discover who they are and to leave their mark in this world.

15 vendors representing various types of employment, educational and training opportunities truly made the event a success!  In the area of education, participants included: GED Programs (Anacostia Outreach Center & STRIVE DC);  post-secondary institutions (University of the District of Columbia); training and certification programs (City Year DC, CWK Construction, DC Fire and EMS Training Academy, Department of Employment Services (DOES) Office of Youth Programs, Potomac Job Corps and Southwest Collaborative); employment opportunities (Community Pools Inc., Exit Realty, Legal Shield and Washington Humane Society); and community resources (DC Youth Link).

The career fair was the first event of its kind in the program’s 2 year history, and it was a great turn out!

Here’s some of the feedback from attendees, vendors and staff:

  • “There were a lot of good opportunities”-Youth
  • “I obtained lots of information”-Youth
  • “This event was good for DYRS kids”-Youth
  • “This career fair was amazing!…One of the best yet!…I have honestly benefitted from today’s program” –Youth
  • “This was an awesome job fair! Things were great! I was blessed to be a part of this event! Let’s get more young people involved and exposed to this info!”-Vendor
  • “Excellent space and location!”- Vendor
  • “The energy was great! The young people seemed genuinely interested in the organizations and their future”- Vendor
  • “Great opportunity geared toward meeting youth where they are”-Vendor
  • “I was glad to be part of this effort for our youth”-Workforce Development Specialist

 For more information about some of the participants you can visit their websites:

Guest Speaker:  www.thelivingwellinstitute.org
THEARC: www.thearcdc.org



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