Reaching For Success Workshops a Success!!

The Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation (PHNCF) hosted its second annual Reaching for Success Mentoring Workshop for young adults ages 16-18. For this year, a second 3-day session was added to the program, allowing PHNCF to accommodate the increased demand after last year’s successful experience. Held at the PHNCF building, these workshops included resume building, college preparation, professional etiquette, job-seeking assistance, and a number of other professional skills to prepare participants for a successful future. The program was open to the community, resulting in nearly 20 attendees for this unique experience.

Whitney Clapper, Program Specialist for Mercer County’s Independent Living Program, brought students from throughout the area to participate in this workshop. Clapper felt the information presented was valuable and stated that she believed the students gained a variety of beneficial skills for their futures.

“Staff assisted youth with resume building, and each youth completed a resume to take home with them,” Clapper said, adding, “Presenters discussed obtaining employment, demonstrating appropriate work attire, in addition to learning to obtain a savings account for money management skills.”

The students also learned about college and what to expect, should they decide to attend such a school. They even toured Penn State Shenango to see what an actual college was like.

“Staff assisted youth with resume building, and each youth completed a resume to take home with them,” Clapper said, adding, “Presenters discussed obtaining employment, demonstrating appropriate work attire, in addition to learning to obtain a savings account for money management skills.”

Cory Grunlien, a senior at Farrell High School, said he really enjoyed getting to learn more about college. “I loved the tour of Penn State Shenango that we got to go on during the workshop. That’s where I plan to go after high school, so it was really helpful for me,” Grunlien said.

Clapper noted the workshop was beneficial to the students, and the energetic speakers showed great examples of what becoming successful is all about. She also pointed out the importance of the mock interviews students experienced, noting it would lessen their anxiety and stress in preparation for actual interviews.

Zoe Roman, a junior at Farrell High School, felt as though she benefitted most from the mock interviews. “I learned so many tips from the interview we did. I don’t have any experience in doing interviews, so that’s something I will definitely take with me,” Roman said.

Both workshops were a resounding success, and the students left with valuable knowledge to utilize in future endeavors. PHNCF plans to continue this program in future years, starting back up next summer and hopefully expanding to three sessions a year. Community support is a driving force behind the success of this program, and PHNCF encourages anyone interested in participating in or donating to this program to contact Mary Booth (mbooth@primary-health.net) for more information.

“My overall experience was amazing and fun,” Grunlien said. “If they do it again next year, I will definitely come back!”

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