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PHNCF to Host 4th Annual Mentoring Program

Reaching For Success

For the fourth consecutive year, PHNCF will be hosting its “Reaching for Success” Mentoring Program, which was created to help build a successful future for the youth in our community. This 3-day workshop features different sessions to help build professional skills and knowledge, with the hopes that participants will use these skills as they seek higher education and/or employment. During its first year, the workshop was hosted in the Shenango Valley, with new areas added each year. This year, there will also be “Reaching for Success” sessions in Clarion and Lawrence Counties.

This program features community volunteers who present on various topics. For example, a PHN employee presents on resumes, and walks participants through creating their own, which they keep after the program to use in their future job searches. A volunteer from a local bank presents on basic banking skills. Style experts present on proper etiquette and attire for interviews and work, and a CareerLink representative talks about the options available to help find jobs. Near the end of the workshop, attendees participate in mock interviews, using their resumes and the skills they’ve learned. The program also features a visit to a local college, where a tour is provided to give participants a glimpse of higher education. Upon completion of the program, PHNCF presents them with a certificate during a celebratory award ceremony.

For this year, PHNCF has been seeking additional speakers, in order to touch on more areas of professional education, such as voting, taxes, smart shopping, and jury duty. There are also plans for a community-based event to build teamwork and community service skills. While these additional speakers and activities may vary by location, the core of the program remains the same.

Clarion’s program is unique, however, as it is only one day. PHNCF has partnered with the local college for their summer mentoring program.

The dates for the program are listed below:
• Clarion County – June 23
• Mercer County – July 10-12
• Lawrence County – July 17-19

For more information about the program in your area, or to schedule your child as a participant, contact Courtney Uhl, PHNCF Community Relations Coordinator, at (724) 981-2875 ext. 403.