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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Hundreds of Seattle youth expected at education, career and resource fair on February 22

2/16/2012  8:00:00 AM
Kellie Nakano, Human Services Department, 206-684-0518
Dewey Potter, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206-684-7241
Rachel Schulkin  (206) 684-8020

More than 300 Seattle teens are expected to attend the 12th annual Youth Education, Career, and Resource Fair — from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on February 22, 2012, at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S. Workshops begin at 9:30 a.m.

Young people ages 14-21 will learn about community resources, post-secondary apprenticeships, trade schools and colleges, and career options. Nearly 60 community agencies, educational institutions and employers will host information booths and demonstrations. There will also be workshops on employment skills, leadership development, and college planning for youth to attend. Young people who complete a Fair Passport by taking part in a required number of activities will have the opportunity to earn service-learning hours.

"The fair is a great way for youth to explore post-secondary options and meet employers,” said Dannette R. Smith, Director of the Seattle Human Services Department. “We also want young people to discover resources that are available to them in the community."

Workshop titles include:
  • Resume Coaching
  • Overcoming Barriers to Education and Employment
  • Starting Your Own Social Venture
  • Answering Your Questions about College
  • Earn While You Learn in Apprenticeships
  • Dive Into Aquarium and Ocean Careers
  • Jobs in Digital Media

"A good start in life is critical to success as an adult, and too few of our youth have what they need to start on the road to achievement," said Acting Parks and Recreation Superintendent Christopher Williams. "I hope kids will take advantage of this opportunity."

Although the event is open to all youth, many attendees are past or current participants in several programs serving low-income youth run by the Seattle Human Services Department (Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and Upward Bound) and Seattle Parks and Recreation. These programs provide job training, academic support, counseling and leadership training.

The event is sponsored by the Seattle Human Services Department, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Metrocenter YMCA and the Center for Career Alternatives. For more information about programs serving low-income teens, visit:
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