Youth@Work 2022 begins at Windham Regional Career Center
By: Marla Goldstein, VWW Youth Program Coordinator
VWW is thrilled to be running Youth@Work for girls and gender-expansive students enrolled at Windham Regional Career Center (WRCC) this spring.
VWW’s Youth Program Coordinator, Marla Goldstein began meeting monthly with a cohort of students, starting in February, to build personal and professional skills for life after high school.
Monthly, hands-on workshop topics range from effective communication, personal finance, self-advocacy, and more. The program will include opportunities to meet with local women and gender-expansive professionals through career panels and field trips, and each student enrolled can participate in a one-on-one coaching session with VWW Employment and Career Services staff to discuss and plan for their career journeys.
In addition to monthly workshops, students can earn up to 24 hours of paid career exploration experience, including internships, informational interviews, and job shadows with a local employer. A variety of Windham County employers will engage in Youth@Work to support students and provide mentorship and career exploration experiences. Employers have experience in construction, transportation, metalsmithing and jewelry design, clothing production, and other trades.
Our first workshop was held on February 16th, and our next one is scheduled for March 9th. For March’s lesson, we are bringing in a local woodworker named Mikki who has her own shop on Etsy to make wooden “media holders” with the students. Thank you to Curtis Lumber for generously donating wood. WRCC is letting us use their woodshop for this project, so it will be really great to see these students trying something new in a supportive environment.
A few spots still remain – interested WRCC students or staff can contact Marla at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the registration form to sign up.
“It is so exciting to be able to support these young people in believing that they are fully capable and qualified to do any job that they want. I’m looking forward to creating a space where girls and gender-expansive tech center students are able to connect, grow, and learn from each other in all of the different programs they’re enrolled in.” -Marla