Building Toward the Future

Andre Hardy - Youth Career Specialist with EDSI ·

On May 26, 2015, the second full year of EDSI's Delaware County in-school youth program came to a close with a celebration featuring a raffle for prizes as well as a Student of the Year Award. This year, the program enrolled and served 22 youth between the ages of 14-18 and offered career coaching and mentorship through weekly workshops. Other features of the program included guest speakers from various career fields, field trips to networking events and to view county operations, and dozens of opportunities for part-time employment and internships.

Outcomes of the program:

  • all 18 seniors are graduating
  • all 18 seniors have been accepted into post-secondary institutions
  • 11 students with part-time employment/internships
  • potential for many students to gain employment in the summer months

The program is scheduled to resume in August, 2015 with a fresh group of 25 students looking to build toward their futures.

Here's what a few students said they learned through their experiences in the program:

I've learned how to view things from different perspectives when it comes to handling people in professional and personal settings." ---- Ronna'e Cottrell

It's important to stay humble, recognize that things don't always come easy, and no matter what you're going through you have to stay positive." ---- Naje Scott

I learned that in order to get a job you have to sell yourself and that it's important to follow up with employers because not everyone will call you." ---- Donta Sheppard

Being successful is not all about what you know or who you know. It's also about your attitude and how you carry yourself." ---- Diesheer Davis

During this program, I have learned how to get out of my comfort zone, so I decided to face my fears and did something I always said I was going to do, go to college." ---- Brittany Connor