Dear friends, partners, supporters, and community,
Supporting young people by helping them access work experiences is at the core of the YJC mission. As you likely know, we’ve been doing that for many years. But in recent years, we’ve added a focus on positioning young people to think beyond the first job to consider career opportunities; in particular, working through our high school programs to help students understand all of the potential pathways to a good career after they graduate.
At YJC we work with young people to develop and enhance their skills, building upon their existing strengths. YJC’s role helping them plan life after high school is expanding. Our goal is for every young person to leave high school with plans, skills to be successful and the understanding of how to weather change when it occurs, whatever path they choose.
In this issue, read more about how our programs are helping prevent young adults from becoming disconnected from work and school by providing choices. Choices that fit their individual needs and interests.
How many of you are in the career that you thought you would be in as a high school student? And as you think about how your path unfolded, did you have good information about career options? Did you have a job or jobs you didn’t like? And maybe most important, when things were difficult, did you have people in your corner who stepped in to support you? YJC and our community partners fill these gaps for young people who may not have that level of support.
As our agency continues to evolve, I have reflected on my unusual career path, how it unfolded and the experiences and lessons along the way. I love my role at YJC. It’s a perfect fit for me. And it took decades to get here as my journey took unexpected twists and turns. Let’s support all young people on a path that gives them choice, allows them to continue to grow and learn and adapt as life throws curveballs.
Thank you for being our friends, partners, supporters and community. We couldn’t do this without you.
Karen T. Demorest