Fedcap Connects Students to Careers

Feb 17, 2012, 10:05 ET from Fedcap

NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fedcap (http://www.fedcap.org/) introduced more than 80 schoolchildren to a wealth of possibilities with its first Connect2Careers™ event on Wednesday.

Professionals representing more than 30 careers spent the morning with students from P.S. 811X The Academy for Career and Living Skills, P.S. 168 and P.U.L.S.E. High School in the Bronx, as well as students from the Fedcap School in Orange, NJ.

"I really encourage you to get the most out of today," Fedcap Board member Michael Brenner told the students. "Talk to many people, ask questions and learn. Find out about what the opportunities are.

"Try and do work that you enjoy," he continued, passing along wisdom he received from his father. "And get good at whatever you do. Because if you're good at whatever you do, you will do well," said Mr. Brenner, who is Chief Resource at Brenner Executive Resources, Inc.

Each student chose four careers to explore, changing tables for each 15-minute round. The gym at P.S. 811X was humming as career representatives explained their work and connected their own careers to each student's interests. The students, prepared with resumes and business cards, got a taste of real-world self-presentation plus the opportunity to learn about working as a police officer, security guard, lawyer, journalist, designer, zoo-worker, and many other roles.

"I was really impressed by the students' attentiveness and willingness to learn about how a radio station operates," said David Tucker O'Shaughnessy, President of Whitney Radio, WVOX 1460 AM/WVIP 93.5 FM.

"All young people need inspiration and support and exciting ideas to draw them forward into a happy and self-sufficient adulthood," said Lorrie Lutz, Fedcap Chief Strategy Officer, who oversees Fedcap's Youth and Young Adult Services and created Connect2Careers. "With events like this, we can add to the efforts of parents, teachers and children's services by leveraging the goodwill and expertise of many other adults who want to help young people achieve their best possible futures."

To learn more about Fedcap's extensive programs and services for youth and young adults, visit http://www.fedcap.org/.

About Fedcap:
Fedcap helps people break through barriers to achieve long-term economic independence. Our programs and operations in the Northeast bring education and the power of work to youth in transition, adults with conviction histories, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and many others facing barriers to employment. We place people in jobs across a wide variety of business sectors and employ 1,500 in our own $90M managed-services operations. Fedcap is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information or to make a donation, call 212-727-4200 or visit http://www.fedcap.org/. Follow Fedcap on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/fedcap) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/FedcapNYC).