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Pathfinders Youth Organize Job Fair

On Oct. 14 from 2-6pm, Pathfinders’ Pathways to Employment case management team and Y.U.M.A.D (Youth Ultimately Making A Difference) participants will hold a job fair for youth ages 25 and under. The job fair will include retail work, customer service, warehouse work, food service, and other opportunities.

Last January, a youth focus group expressed that employment was a top priority and that they needed help overcoming barriers to employment. By having the job fair at Pathfinders, youth can engage with employers in a supportive environment with people they trust. Pathways to Employment, a Drop-In Center program, sought out youth-friendly employers who met with Peer Specialists to conduct community readiness assessments, ensuring that young people will find success in their new positions.

Rashaun Rodgers, Peer Specialist in Pathfinders Drop-In Center

The job fair was made possible with the help of Peer Specialist Rashaun Rodgers. “I didn’t want it to be one of those ideas where we just threw it out there and nothing happened. I actually wanted to do it, so I stepped up. If I took the first step, somebody had to follow. As long as one person followed, I was good.”

Rodgers is a former client of Pathfinders and because he’s around the same age as some of the youth, he is able to connect with them on their level. “I was in their shoes. I know how hard it was to find a job, and how hard it was to find the right job. To find a job you actually love is hard.”

Not only will the job fair benefit young people entering the workforce, it will also benefit the community as a whole. DeShanda Williams Drop-In Center Program Manager, said, “We are hoping that employers and the community can see the drive young people have to be self-sufficient and work. We hope that employers become more informed about young people holistically, so they too, can nurture the development of our future generations, our future leaders. We hope that young people feel more hopeful about their future!”

The Pathways to Employment Case Management Team, along with interns and volunteers, have been conducting resume workshops for youth on a regular basis. According to Williams, youth can face barriers when securing the documents needed for employment. She said, “We work with youth and young adults on networks, resources and adults we can contact, we help with budgeting if needed and we also provide the transportation, payment, and any other support needed to obtain these items.”

According to Rodgers, youth will have access to free haircuts, clothing assistance, and answers to any questions they may have before the job fair. Free haircuts will be available at MATC from 8-12pm the same day. There will also be a job-ready themed jeopardy, videos on interview etiquette, and a fashion show.

Flyer for upcoming Pathfinders Youth Job Fair

William’s recalled her first job was at the Wisconsin State Fair, cleaning barns and shoveling manure. The experience taught her how to manage her money and prepare for the future. “One of my best friends worked there with me, I knew she was a great friend because at times I felt like giving up; she encouraged me to keep going and think about how this one job paves the way for future employment that is nothing like this because in all actuality we hated shoveling manure.”

Williams wants to encourage youth to be confident when applying for jobs. She advised, “Whatever they are feeling it is okay, be open to taking risk, further your learning and feel motivated to enhance your skills. Sometimes we have to apply for many jobs to get one interview, each time we go through the process we learn and become more confident to put out energy owning that the job being applied for, we will receive! “

Rodgers hopes to inspire youth to step up like he did. He said, “Youth usually come to me before the other staff because we’re around the same age. If they see me stepping up and actually doing it, they will want to do it even more.”

Click here to RSVP to the Facebook Event Page for the Pathfinders Youth Job Fair.

Pathfinders News

Pathfinders Youth Organize Job Fair

On Oct. 14 from 2-6pm, Pathfinders’ Pathways to Employment case management team and Y.U.M.A.D (Youth Ultimately Making A Difference) participants will hold a job fair for youth ages 25 and under. The job fair will include retail work, customer service, warehouse work, food service, and other opportunities.

Last January, a youth focus group expressed that employment was a top priority and that they needed help overcoming barriers to employment. By having the job fair at Pathfinders, youth can engage with employers in a supportive environment with people they trust. Pathways to Employment, a Drop-In Center program, sought out youth-friendly employers who met with Peer Specialists to conduct community readiness assessments, ensuring that young people will find success in their new positions.

Rashaun Rodgers, Peer Specialist in Pathfinders Drop-In Center

The job fair was made possible with the help of Peer Specialist Rashaun Rodgers. “I didn’t want it to be one of those ideas where we just threw it out there and nothing happened. I actually wanted to do it, so I stepped up. If I took the first step, somebody had to follow. As long as one person followed, I was good.”

Rodgers is a former client of Pathfinders and because he’s around the same age as some of the youth, he is able to connect with them on their level. “I was in their shoes. I know how hard it was to find a job, and how hard it was to find the right job. To find a job you actually love is hard.”

Not only will the job fair benefit young people entering the workforce, it will also benefit the community as a whole. DeShanda Williams Drop-In Center Program Manager, said, “We are hoping that employers and the community can see the drive young people have to be self-sufficient and work. We hope that employers become more informed about young people holistically, so they too, can nurture the development of our future generations, our future leaders. We hope that young people feel more hopeful about their future!”

The Pathways to Employment Case Management Team, along with interns and volunteers, have been conducting resume workshops for youth on a regular basis. According to Williams, youth can face barriers when securing the documents needed for employment. She said, “We work with youth and young adults on networks, resources and adults we can contact, we help with budgeting if needed and we also provide the transportation, payment, and any other support needed to obtain these items.”

According to Rodgers, youth will have access to free haircuts, clothing assistance, and answers to any questions they may have before the job fair. Free haircuts will be available at MATC from 8-12pm the same day. There will also be a job-ready themed jeopardy, videos on interview etiquette, and a fashion show.

Flyer for upcoming Pathfinders Youth Job Fair

William’s recalled her first job was at the Wisconsin State Fair, cleaning barns and shoveling manure. The experience taught her how to manage her money and prepare for the future. “One of my best friends worked there with me, I knew she was a great friend because at times I felt like giving up; she encouraged me to keep going and think about how this one job paves the way for future employment that is nothing like this because in all actuality we hated shoveling manure.”

Williams wants to encourage youth to be confident when applying for jobs. She advised, “Whatever they are feeling it is okay, be open to taking risk, further your learning and feel motivated to enhance your skills. Sometimes we have to apply for many jobs to get one interview, each time we go through the process we learn and become more confident to put out energy owning that the job being applied for, we will receive! “

Rodgers hopes to inspire youth to step up like he did. He said, “Youth usually come to me before the other staff because we’re around the same age. If they see me stepping up and actually doing it, they will want to do it even more.”

Click here to RSVP to the Facebook Event Page for the Pathfinders Youth Job Fair.