Dr. Seuss once wrote: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” Rhymes are cute and all – but for many kids in our community, those words fall flat. Thankfully, there’s an organization focusing on raising up the youth in our communities – helping kids understand the options for their future and how to make their dreams a reality. Candoris volunteer time off (VTO) enabled me to be a part of their mission.
I was introduced to Junior Achievement a few years back, when a colleague asked me to join her as a mentor for the Young Women’s Futures Symposium. What started as a simple invitation to mentor for an event, was followed by years of commitment to an organization that has taught me much more than I could ever teach the kids.
I’m blessed to work for an organization that places immense value on service to others and to the community. In recent years, I have chosen to use my volunteer time off to serve the youth in our community through Junior Achievement of South Central PA by serving on the planning committee for the Young Women’s Futures Symposium. The purpose of the symposium is to prepare young high school women for life after graduation. Although continued education is a component of the symposium, we focus on other critical areas as well, like personal finance and budgeting, professional growth and career development, as well as physical wellness and mental well-being. I love being able to explore these areas of personal growth with the youth in our community, to make personal connections with them, and to provide the mentorship that so many youth in our community need.
Preparation for the annual symposium is a year-long process. I’m grateful for the flexibility offered by Candoris to attend monthly planning meetings and to attend and coordinate the day-long symposium event. In addition to getting the opportunity to serve the youth in my community, I also get to refine my skills in fundraising and budgeting, volunteer recruitment and event management.
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