JOG Graduate Sets His Sites on Mercyhurst University
When Adrien Grant stepped to the microphone to deliver his award-winning speech at the Youth Career Olympics Victory Celebration, he knew what he wanted to do; inspire his fellow competitors to take small steps that can lead to big bonuses in life. Adrien’s path to JOG was less than conventional. Originally from the Bahamas, Adrien was a sophomore when he started at Glenville High School. He describes himself as being shy and quiet during his first year at a new school. In August of 2015, during his junior year, he started JOG (Jobs for Ohio's Graduate's) with Career Coach Ms. Vanessa Ackley. “The first few days [in JOG] I remember us talking about Wizard and Lizard brain (the part of the brain that controls fear, anger, and negativity and how to combat it), and how Ms. Ackley made us feel welcome every time we stepped in the class.” From that point on, Adrien says he started down a path of growth. JOG is an in-school, classroom-based program with a focus on career development, employability, life and leadership skills. JOG is part of Jobs for America’s Graduates, offering drop-out prevention programs in 32 states. Follow-up services are provided to participants forContinue Reading
2017 Youth Career Olympics - Competition, Dedication, and Inspiration
Over 150 Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) students from Cuyahoga and Lake Counties gathered at Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst Campus to showcase a year’s worth of business knowledge at the annual Youth Career Olympics. The 10-event competition tests participants on job readiness and employment skills in an exciting, fast-paced environment. This year, the competition was more intense than ever before as students from each school arrived on the morning of April 26th dressed to impress, prepared, and confident they have what it takes to finish among the best of the best at YCO. Competitions included Budgeting for Life, Community Service, Corporate Team Challenge, Decision Making, Employment Application Review, Employment Interview, Employment Skills Test, Program Cover Design, Public Speaking, and Visual Display. While students were busy focusing on their events, more than 30 sponsors, dozens of volunteers, and 35 companies were supporting the students' YCO endeavor through hours of volunteerism (mock interviews, resume building, coaching, judging, etc.), financial contributions, and donations. In addition to the competitive events, students had the chance to meet and network with local businesses looking to fill open positions at the CVS Opportunity Fair. In total, 35 companies were on hand to talk to students about education and employmentContinue Reading
Join Us for the Youth Career Olympics!
Are you ready for some friendly competition? What about the chance to see academic success and dedication pay off in the form of awards and notoriety? After an academic year filled with hard work and hours of preparation, Y.O.U.’s students are ready to show off their knowledge and skills at the annual Youth Career Olympics (YCO). The YCO will be an exciting day filled with competition, networking, and fun. We’re still looking for corporate sponsors. Your organization could forge links to the students who will, one day, make up your workforce. Students square off in employability skills tests and tasks, and when all the points are tallied, a winner is announced. Students take part in the following competitions: Corporate Team Challenge, Public Speaking, Community Service Displays, Employability Skills Testing, Employment Interview, Employment Application Review, Budgeting for Life, Visual Display, Decision Making, and Program Cover Design. Roughly 150 students from high schools in Cleveland, East Cleveland, Maple Heights, Painesville and Euclid will compete. The Youth Career Olympics also features an Opportunity Fair, at which employers, educators, and the military will meet and network with the students who participate in the event. Students can acquire valuable insight into a career, gain employment, andContinue Reading