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Date: 02-15-11                                                                                                  
For Immediate Release                                                                                               

Contact: Justine Gazzola
Office: 704-336-2350                                                                                                                             
Cell: 704-315-3259                                                                                                                            
Email: jgazzola@charlottenc.gov
Mayor to Kick Off Inaugural “MYEP Career Discovery” Days for Youth at Discovery Place
(Charlotte, N.C.)  -- The City of Charlotte’s Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP) has joined forces with Discovery Place to present a monthly youth workshop series titled, “MYEP Career Discovery”. The workshop series will give MYEP participants the opportunity to explore the various industries and sectors that Charlotte has identified as growth sectors – the jobs of the future that drive our local economy. These industries include Health Care, Energy and the Environment, Finance, Manufacturing, Defense, Tourism and Motorsports. Youth will have the chance to engage with industry representatives as they gain a greater understanding of the qualifications necessary for different careers.
There will be five “MYEP Career Discovery” days held in 2011. Approximately 150 youth, ages 16-18 years, will participate in each workshop. Mayor Anthony Foxx will be present to welcome students to each career day and discuss the importance of career exploration at an early age.
The first “MYEP Career Discovery” day will focus on the Health Care industry and will be held on Tuesday, February 22nd from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Discovery Place (301 N. Tryon Street). Industry representative, Carolinas HealthCare Systems, will engage youth through seven interactive displays designed to showcase various careers in the Health Care industry. This summer, over 40 youth participating in the MYEP will be placed in internships related to the healthcare sector to continue their education and experience.
All workshops will be held at Discovery Place from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
February 22, 2011
Health Care Professions – Presented by Carolinas HealthCare Systems

March 22, 2011
Nanoscience/Material Science Professions

April 26, 2011
Energy Professions

May 24, 2011
Motorsports Professions

June 14, 2011
Finance Professions - Presented by Bank of America and the National Association of Financial Planners
MYEP Summer Internship Kick-off Event
Host Employer-Intern Meet and Greet
For more information on MYEP, please contact Dawn Hill, Program Manager, at 704-336-4445 or visit http://myep.charlottenc.gov.

About Discovery Place
One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage the public in the active exploration of science and nature.  More than a half-million people from all over the United States visit Discovery Place its IMAX Dome Theatre and Charlotte Nature Museum each year.  In June 2010, the Museum completed an 18-month, $31.6 million renovation, resulting in a completely transformed and re-imagined Museum with all-new interactive exhibits.  Discovery Place also operates Charlotte Nature Museum near Freedom Park and Discovery Place KIDS in Huntersville, NC.
Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street. For more information about Discovery Place, call 704-372-6261 or visit www.discoveryplace.org. Discovery Place is supported, in part, with a Basic Operating Grant from the Arts & Sciences Council.