St. Petersburg, FL – July 1, 2017 – “You can do this!” a simple message that residnated with Daisha Gardner, an 18 year old who will be the first in her family to attend college. Earn while you learn was the focus of the 2017 Success by Choice Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Expo for young adults ages 16-24. With approximately 80 participants and 40 workshop faciliators, vendors, employers and volunteers, the day provided soft skills training to include marketing your own brand, social media do’s and dont’s with vital trainibg in job etiquette and simple professional courtesy. Also partnering with the City’s Cohort of Champions My Brothers and Sisters Keeper Program, entrepreneursip workshops presented exciting information on “being your own boss,” and a very popular session on “cell phone and table repair” a class also taught in the PITCH Program at SPC Midtown Keene Center.
Each workshop was tailored to be interactive, informational and relevant. From a motivatibg welcome from the SPC Allstate Center’s Association Provost Dr. Tashika Griffth, words of encouragement could be heard with intent to assure the participants made such a critical investment in themselves. To support their commitment, each participant were able to ask questions from several career experts, practicing new skills to get them the job they want through effective communication as well as understanding how to dress for the job they want; providing a real workday experience in a cultivatging environment. In support of the Working 1,000 Campaign for Youth Jobs, the Expo met and exceeded that goal.
Being able to brand who you are is knowing who you are and it was 2020’s mission to impact lives economically. The initiative will follow up with the employers present, to follow the success of those fortunate to move their personal needle of success forward. Other participation requirements included pre-registration, a resident in south St. Petersburg, and resides in a low to moderate income household.
For more information, please contact Deborah Figgs-Sanders at (727) 209-9622 or visit us at 691 43rd Street South in St. Petersburg.