These students. 💫💚 The Community Health, Prevention, and Promotion Team Voinovich Scholars and Graduate Assistant worked hard to create and facilitate a fantastic Lunch and Learn today. They discussed how to translate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they have learned through their Voinovich School experiences into grad school applications, personal/professional statements, resumes, and cover letters. #prOUd #lifeskills #readyby21 #readyforgradschool #readyforwork #readyforlife
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ALUMNI 👩🎓 IMPACT STORY
Olayemi Osunrayi studied Agricultural Extension Management at the Federal College of Agriculture, Ibadan. She derives joy in cooking and learning new things.
She was introduced to WAVE's training programme by her mum, who works at Adamasingba Stadium, Oyo State. Being unemployed when she heard about WAVE, Osunrayi’s mum persuaded her to partake in the training program to get a better employment opportunity.
While jobshadowing at FoodCo, Ibadan, she learned how to bake and work in a team. Through hard work, she was retained at FoodCo as a kitchen supervisor. What excites her most on the job is the opportunity to work in the kitchen, where her passion lies.
To continue reading Osunrayi’s impact story, visit www.waveacademies.blogspot.com.ng
I attended the 2019 Together We Can Breakfast this morning. This non-profit is dedicated to preparing disadvantaged youth for successfully integrating into adulthood. These youth are generally between the age of 16 - 24, not fully engaged in school, and not working. These kids face challenges such as foster care, juvenile detention, poverty, mental and behavioral problems, etc. (Oftentimes a combination of these things). There are 36,000 young people like this in Hampton Roads. Together We Can helps 1,000 youth annually.
A speaker at this event described transitioning for at-risk youth into adulthood like standing on a subway platform and trying to get onto a speeding train with no idea how. New studies show that adulthood isn't reached until age 30. I've made lots of mistakes in my life and I don't want young people experiencing some of these same mistakes. My life hasn't always been easy; we all have our struggles. Thus, I'm passionate about improving the lives of others in a profoundly fulfilling way.
Another speaker said that service to others is the rent we pay for room on this Earth. Some of the youth who have graduated from the Smart Transitions program came up to the podium and told us (the audience) why we should hire them. It must have been scary for them and they all did a fantastic job!
To break the minimum wage poverty cycle, we need to ensure that our youth are ready for work. Being ready for work means having basic and specialized skills, a good attitude, high self-awareness, and a professional image.
I had such a good time! I saw an old familiar face and even met a local senator! I hope to teach some of these classes so I can have a more direct involvement in improving the lives of young people. My company TowneBank is a platinum sponsor too! I am very proud of my employer and the opportunities they give me to give back to my beloved community. 😊😀