RISE - Job Prep Workshop Graduation!

Posted in: Community Service

On Friday, May 31, 2013, RISE proudly celebrated the graduation of its first class of participants who just completed a two-week Job Preparation Workshop.

The graduation was expertly facilitated by Ann Ryan, Coordinator with Project Alive, and mentors, organizers, and partners were all very impressed with the graduates' learning and enthusiasm, and heard their testimonies about the value of the workshop. 
The training, provided by professional instructor Wanet Tyson and funded by Frederick County Workforce Services (FCWS), covered essential elements of the work place such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, financial literacy, job interviewing, resume, winning attitude, etc, and was the first step for the mentees on their journey toward gainful employment.
Laurie Holden, Director of FCWS, encouraged mentees to take full advantage of the resources offered by her agency which is considered a one-stop career orientation service, and which will also fund their first four-week internship.
Mentees have expressed interest for internships in diverse fields, such as nursing, criminal justice, baking, IT maintenance, and consumer related services. Rotarian networkers are busy lining up interesting internships for them, and Rotarian Jonathan Warner encouraged participants to assume full responsibility for their journey, but also reminded them of the absolute support from the RISE team.
Starting Tuesday, June 4, 2013, mentees will participate in monthly skill-building sessions, and will learn about goal setting, building power in their lives, financial management, conflict resolution, etc.
Much credit and appreciation should be given to the mentors who regularly interact with mentees, and offer them valuable guidance and support. Thanks to Rotarians Lisa Ausherman, Susan Holton, Sharon Jacko, Jim Mills, Maggie Nusbaum, Niki Thrash, and Olivia White.
Below are a few pictures of the event.
RISE is strong and very much alive!
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