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Volunteers sought to share their careers with students starting high school this autumn

Future Leaders of Sunnyside is looking for volunteers in the community to share information about their jobs and education at a career fair on Wednesday, May 30, at Sunnyside High School.

The "Envisioning Our Future" event is for students in the class of 2016, who will be entering high school next fall. It will be held in conjunction with the "Moving Up" assembly for all eighth grade students in the district.

The goal is to give those students an opportunity to talk with people in a variety of business fields and careers, helping the students to make plans for the future.

"One of our major goals at SHS is to help students envision their future after high school and then be able to see how the work they are putting in will impact that future," said Josh Eidson, leadership advisor at SHS.

"As a result of wanting to help students envision their future, we are planning a career fair so students can see options after high school."

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with set-up and a BBQ dinner for the volunteers. From 6 until 8 p.m. the volunteers will staff a table where students and parents can talk with them about their career.

Volunteers are needed from the following fields: agriculture, government, retail, lawyers, dentists, doctors, local business owners, law, real estate and anyone else who wants to share information about their career and the education it took to reach it.

"There are three points of emphasis for schools: building relationships, connections to school and helping students envision their future," said Aaron Guerra of Future Leaders of Sunnyside. "We are doing good at the first two, but really need to improve on helping students envision their future. We need to start this early for both practical and symbolic reasons."

Each volunteer will have a table in the main gym. Volunteers are encouraged to bring props to demonstrate aspects of their jobs. Hands-on displays are encouraged.

"When students cannot connect the work that they are doing in school to their future, it has very little meaning," said Guerra. "This will serve as a way to make that connection."

Anyone interested in presenting at the career fair should contact Eidson at 509-860-0282 or joshua.eidson@sunnyside.wednet.edu.

1 Laura Gjovaag 5/21/2012 2:26 PM

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