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Mayor's Youth Employment Program and Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas to Host March 28 Job Shadow/Career Exploration Program
200 Local High School Students to Visit Local Companies and Explore Potential Careers

Friday, March 23, 2012

Contact: Justine Gazzola
704-315-3259 or jgazzola@charlottenc.gov

Charlotte, N.C. – On March 28th, 2012, 200 students from Harding, Hawthorne and West Charlotte High Schools will have the opportunity to explore potential career paths and learn about fundamental business concepts through a job-shadow day hosted by the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program and Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas. Gaffney Health Services, Microsoft and AT&T will all host students in various capacities, highlighting potential career opportunities in the science, technology and medical fields. The program’s collaboration is a first for the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program and Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas, both of which focus on equipping Mecklenburg youth with the skills they need for success in the future workforce.
Mayor Anthony Foxx comments, “It is extremely important for the youth in our community to be exposed to job shadow and career experiences and it has been my goal to increase the number of career experiences for youth in our community. The partnership between the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program and Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas has done just that – this is an incredible opportunity for these students to learn about the growing job sectors of science, technology and medicine from three top companies in Charlotte.”
The program consists of three in-class sessions of JA Job Shadow® curriculum, to be completed in addition to the on-site visits. Provided by Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas, pre-shadow sessions give students the opportunity to research their host company, prepare questions, evaluate job success skills and prepare a resume. Following the visit, students will reflect, evaluate the experience and complete a personal action plan to assist them in pursuing their career goals.
“This opportunity is exceptionally exciting for these local students,” remarked Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Amy Korb. “At JACC we focus heavily on empowering students to make connections between what they learn in class and the real world. This Job-Shadow program will do just that; enhancing the relevance of classroom learning and increasing students’ understanding of the value of staying in school.”   
Students will gain valuable exposure to the professional world, and gain specific knowledge and skills that will increase their competitive edge in a difficult job market; including professional dress and communication, work preparedness and expectations, problem solving and teamwork. Host companies will also see benefits from the program, as they are helping ensure the quality of the future workforce. The program provides the chance for an entire company to become involved in its community, as students will visit various departments and interact with employees at all levels.
About Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas
Since 1958, Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC) has served more than 500,000 students in both North and South Carolina. Through classroom and afterschool experiential, hands-on programs, students learn about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy; empowering them to own their future economic success.  JACC, with offices in Charlotte, NC; Rock Hill, SC; Asheville, NC; and Wilmington, NC, serves 39 counties in North Carolina and three bordering counties in South Carolina. During the 2010 – 2011 school year, JACC served more than 42,000 students. Visit www.jacarolinas.org for more information.
About the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program
The Mayor's Youth Employment Program (MYEP) provides meaningful work experienced for high school youth in the public, non-profit and private sectors.  The goal of the program is to create meaningful opportunities within local business and government, where youth are exposed to careers and gain an understanding of the skill sets and qualifications necessary to succeed in future employment. Visit http://myep.charlottenc.gov for more information.