EAC’s Alternatives for Youth Program, as part of their work with youth and families in crisis, presents ongoing monthly education and recreation programs. As part of this initiative, in February the AFY staff presented the first “AFY Career Day”. Twelve community members spoke, allowing the youth to discuss, explore, and gather information about potential career choices. The panel of professionals included a social worker, guidance counselor, a member of the US Military, a lawyer, a chef and a police officer, among others.
To kick off the event a motivational message was presented to the youth about overcoming obstacles while staying positive and keeping focused. A workshop was also conducted by AFY Case Managers and Peer Specialist about the requirements needed to obtain a professional job. This included how to dress and act on a job interview, networking ideas and how to create a resume, in addition to local job opportunities. Over thirty AFY clients enjoyed hearing the professionals’ job experiences, and some were lucky enough to win some great raffle prizes as well.
“I learned that all jobs are important in society,” said one client. “I learned more about all the things I can do, and it was also a lot of fun!” Last year the Alternatives for Youth program helped more than 630 youth and their families.