From Participants to Ambassadors: Two Friends Reflect on Their Pasts and Futures with Y.O.U.
Y.O.U. may be new to some at Lorain High School, but not Principal Robin Hopkins and building substitute Sharlyna McQueen. These lifelong friends are former Y.O.U. participants and both are excited to show the Lorain High School community the positive impact Y.O.U. programs have on youth. “JOG is such a great opportunity for the students. The experience gained is invaluable," explains Ms. McQueen. "This program is a great stepping stone into the workforce for the student who may not be ready for college. It enhances their resumes and opens up a whole new world for them." Principal Hopkins echoed Ms. McQueen’s sentiment at the Lorain High School Welcome Celebration, noting that the fundamentals learned through Y.O.U. programs, such as soft-skills, interview techniques, and financial responsibility, will help students better navigate the business world and become successful. The Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) program serves students at the highest risk of dropping out and focuses on career development, employability, life and leadership skills. This is the first year the program is being offered at Lorain High School.Continue Reading
Summer Jobs Participants Prepare for the Future
Summer is over according to the calendar, but not at Y.O.U. This year Y.O.U. focused on ensuring young adults 18-24 years-old who participated in the summer jobs program had an opportunity to receive additional training while exploring potential training for their career development. Over 500 young adults went through a one-week training and 325 selected a training provider for career pathway training with our Day One program or one of our partner organizations like El Barrio, Ohio Guidestone, Towards Employment and Tri-C. Upon entering a career pathway training program, young adults participate in a Job Readiness Training (JRT) program. The JRT is a two-week intensive preparatory course that reviews soft skills, resume writing, interview skills, and the importance of proper business attire. For JRT participant Daniella Seguin, the experience was both valuable and fun. “It was great. The trainer, Joe (Criniti), was very well informed and confident. He was also very patient. I had a really good time and learned a lot. I would recommend other people take a JRT course. It’s not easy, you have to work at it, but it helped me.” Once the JRT course is complete, participants enter specialized training to earn an industry-recognized credential, anContinue Reading
Congratulations, Young Entrepreneurs!
Please join us in congratulating our two young entrepreneurs, Pablo Arredondo and Christian Padierna, on a job well done while presenting at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York City. The Thomas W. Harvey students earned spots in the national competition after placing first and second in the E CITY Citywide Competition in May. Christian Padierna, CEO of CP's Chimichurri, presented during round one of the competition but was unable to advance further. Pablo Arredondo, CEO of Whisker Wear, made it through round one but wasn't able to advance out of round two. Whisker Wear and CP's Chimichurri don't need a national title to be successful. Christian and Pablo have been able to take what they've learned in the classroom and apply to the business world as they each continue to sell their products to adoring audiences.Continue Reading
JOG and E CITY Journeys Begin For Students
With the program pledge sworn (see the video), the more than 200 members of the 2017-18 JOG and E CITY classes officially began their 9-month journeys of professional growth and development. At Welcome Celebrations across three counties and 13 schools, students embarked upon Y.O.U. programs geared at employment success. The JOG program, which is particularly aimed at students with the highest risk of dropping out, focuses on career development, employability, life and leadership skills, while the E CITY program focuses on entrepreneurship skills, business management, and financial literacy. Although the primary focus of each program is slightly different, both programs work to ensure participants are well prepared for post-secondary success; education, employment, or the military. For three schools - CMSD's Washington Park High School, and Lorain and Oberlin high schools in Lorain County - this was the first year of Welcome Celebrations. In Lorain, Career Coach Susan Palmentera-Wordell says she’s looking forward to bringing the JOG program to students at Oberlin High School. “Oberlin is an amazing city with rich social, academic, and artistic history. I expect to not only teach the Oberlin High School students about how to be better prepared for their academic and employment futures but alsoContinue Reading
Get to Know John Marshall High School Career Coach Michelle Mauck
Michelle Mauck is entering her fourth year as a Career Coach with Youth Opportunities Unlimited. Her contagious energy and warm personality make her a favorite among her students and coworkers. We met up with Michelle to ask her about her time at Y.O.U. and what she’s most looking forward to in the 2017-18 school year. Q) What first attracted you to Y.O.U.? Why did you decide to become a Career Coach? A) I felt like I had a real connection with the Y.O.U. mission and helping youth is my passion. I love the opportunity to be in a classroom and teaching life skills. Being a Career Coach, I knew it would be a chance to make a change in young lives. Q) You’ve been in the classroom for four years now. What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your time working with students? A) I learned that goals couldn't be met if real relationships aren’t made with my students first. My students live like adults and are taking care of issues I didn’t even know existed at their age. They are successful because they believe in me as I believe in them. I’m a person they can countContinue Reading
Y.O.U. Needs Your Help with the Online Elevator Pitch Challenge
Every year the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship holds a contest called the Online Elevator Pitch Challenge. This year, Y.O.U. has 2 teens from our E CITY program competing and they need your help. Each student participating in the 2017 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge has created a 60-second pitch promoting his or her business. Y.O.U.’s Christian Padierna, founder of CP Chimichurri and Pablo Arrendando, creator of Whisker Wear are working the market hard and need your support. Not only are their business plans sound...but their pitches are off the charts. Watch the Whisker Wear commercials here and the CP's Chimichurri commercial here. Now that you’ve watched both Christian and Pablo, it is your turn to weigh in and vote from as many different places as possible. Unlike most competitions, it’s not the most votes who wins, but the entrepreneur whose business pitch gets the most unique votes. So place your selection from as many different devices as you can: computer, phone, IPad, you name it! The winner will be awarded $2500 so your participation is crucial! From now until October 10, visit www.nfte.com/events/elevator-pitch-2017 to vote. Thank you for making your vote count!Continue Reading
Y.O.U. Welcomes New Volunteer and Alumni Coordinator, Marcus Harris
Marcus Harris is the new Volunteer & Alumni Coordinator at Y.O.U. After years in the corporate world as a Store Manager at Starbucks, Marcus is bringing his knowledge and experience to Y.O.U. We caught up with Marcus to learn a little more about him and what he hopes to accomplish. Q) Can you tell us a little bit about what you’ll be handling here at Y.O.U.? A) I will be handling recruiting, training, and facilitation of volunteer activities for programs here at the organization. Q) You were a volunteer with us before you joined our staff. Can you describe what that experience was like for you? A) My volunteer experience was phenomenal. Whether it was judging at the E CITY regional competition, participating in YCO, or classroom visits for resume writing and mock interviews each experience was unique and memorable. Q) You’re entering the nonprofit world with years of corporate experience. How do you think your time at Starbucks will help you in your new role? A) First and foremost, would be my emphasis on delivering a world class “customer service” experience. The students, donors, and volunteers are our customers and it is my goal for them to have a positive, fulfilling, and substantiveContinue Reading
UnitedHealthcare and R.A.K.E. Donate School Supplies to Y.O.U. Students
UnitedHealthcare and Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere (R.A.K.E.) surprised Y.O.U. staff and students with a generous donation of school supplies. This donation means no student shows up to school empty handed and each of the Y.O.U. school based program participants has the tools necessary to start the academic year off right. UnitedHealthcare serves millions of people from their earliest years through retirement, helping people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. R.A.K.E. is a movement started by Ricky 'Rickonia' Smith to get people across the globe doing something for others with no strings attached. You can learn more about R.A.K.E. by heading over to its Facebook page.Continue Reading
KeyBank Encourages Y.O.U. Participants to Look to the Future
A select group of YO.U. participants, chosen based on their fulfillment of both summer jobs assignments and post summer jobs training, were invited to KeyBank at the Tiedeman job site for a job and informational fair on September 6. (Above: Kip Clarke, President, Midwest Region, Key Community Bank speaks to Y.O.U. participants) Students learned about branch operations, operations positions, how to apply for careers, and were able to network with many of KeyBank’s employees and executives. Students also learned what it takes to be successful, what makes a great employee, and how to stand out from a crowd of other candidates applying for similar positions.Continue Reading
The Seventh Annual Austin Carr Celebrity Golf Invitational is One For the Books!
With more celebrities, golfers, and money raised than ever before, the 2017 Austin Carr Celebrity Golf Invitational was the largest and most successful golf outing in its seven-year history. This year, 24 foursomes plus celebrities hit the links at the Beechmont Country Club to support Y.O.U. programs. The golfers hailed from many Cleveland-area businesses, many of which sponsored the event. The scramble started with a greeting from Austin Carr welcoming golfers, wishing each luck, and thanking them for being a key part of Y.O.U.’s mission of helping teens and young adults succeed by providing educational and workforce opportunities, skills development, and access to career pathways. Y.O.U thanks each of the golfers, celebrities, and volunteers who participated - your support is integral to the success of the outing. A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Medical Mutual; Tournament Sponsors: First National Bank, PNC, Mont Surfaces, Robert Half, Lewis Brisbois, Dollar Bank, Wells Fargo, and Huntington; Course Sponsor: Alliance Solutions Group; Eagle Sponsors: Vantage Financial, Stellar Benefits, Plante Moran, On Partners, JPMorgan Chase, Fredon, Fox Sports Ohio, Federal Process Corporation, Great Lakes Financial Group, Cleveland Indians, and Cleveland Cavaliers; and Birdie Sponsors: Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, Independence Excavating, and CJRContinue Reading