Junior Achievement is holding the Young Men’s and Women’s Futures Symposiums in October and December:
- Young Women’s Futures Symposium – October 5, 2017 at Elizabethtown College
- Young Men’s Futures Symposium – December 21, 2017 at Elizabethtown College
The Young Men’s and Young Women’s Futures Symposiums are one-day career guidance and self-discovery workshops for students in grades 10 and 11 who are in the academic middle of their class. Students are nominated for participation by their guidance counselors for a day of mentoring, motivation and opportunity. One of the goals of the Symposium is to demonstrate to the students that opportunities exists for them to experience meaningful careers and to realize the wide range of possibilities for their future.
The Symposiums are specifically targeted for students in the academic middle of their class. For many, this is the first time they are engaging in a career development program and the impact can drastically change the trajectory of their future. The guidance and tools they receive at the symposium help the students understand how to plan and set goals for their life after high school. Students learn how to create a resume, the impact of social media, how to plan a budget, get to interact with mentors in careers they are considering and also determine potential careers based on their own skills and interests. Students leave the symposium feeling empowered and positive about their futures.
Mentor Facilitators – These individuals volunteer for the entire workshop, acting as a moderator for a group of students. The mentor facilitators guide and direct the students through the activities and programs throughout the day.
Career Panel Speakers – During the career panel, students are given the opportunity to hear from professionals working in a specific industry speak about opportunities in that field and provide advice on what preparations are necessary.
The symposiums are offered at no cost to the students or schools in attendance.