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Sept. 23, 2005

Youth Employment Summit Gives Job Search Tips to High School Students

OSWEGO -- The Youth Council of the Workforce Development Board of Oswego County will host a "youth employment summit" for high school students from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday. Oct. 13, in Lanigan Hall at the State University College at Oswego.

"The event will give students a broad overview of youth-related employment issues. High school juniors and seniors from across Oswego County as well as students from Cayuga Community College will have the opportunity to attend," said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

The summit will cover the job interview, why youth get hired and why they don't, resume preparation, filling out applications and employment surveys, job expectations, career mapping, and how to sell yourself. Several local employers who hire young people, as well as staff from Cayuga Community College, Syracuse University, the Oswego County Department of Employment and Training, and the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will participate.

High school students that are interested in attending should contact their school guidance counselor.

Fenlon said the youth council of the workforce development board has planned the event for several months.

"We have had active participation from youth who have really helped to shape the program for the summit," she said. "It has provided an opportunity to infuse good youth development practices with employment issues for youth. The young people on the planning committee kept reminding us of what fellow students would be interested in learning, and the best way to provide the information."

Nancy Bellow, director of the Workforce Development Board of Oswego County added, "During our recently completed strategic planning process, local employers identified the importance of an emerging workforce that understands the needs and expectations of business. The youth employment summit will expose students to a number of topics that will better prepare them for the workplace. We are proud to be sponsoring this event."

The youth council was established under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

"Its purpose is to develop portions of the Workforce Investment Act plan for eligible youth, and to recommend providers of youth employment services. The council also establishes linkages with other youth serving agencies with respect to issues that impact the success of youth," said Fenlon.

For information, contact Fenlon at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, phone 349-3451or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451.

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