Saturday, 19 April, 2008 12:31 PM
Company and Detroit Branch NAACP Host 2008 Career Day and Youth
Craig Strong is Keynote Speaker and Local Journalist Charles Pugh
Serves as Emcee
Day participants in the Career & College Fair at the
Ford Design booth
Day participants in the Be Your Own Boss / Money Matters
Ford Motor Company and Detroit Branch NAACP will host the 2008 Career
Day and Youth Summit on Saturday, April 26, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
Cobo Conference and Exhibition Center. This half-day event, the
cost of which is entirely underwritten by Ford Motor Company, provides
Detroit-area youth with an opportunity to prepare for their academic
and professional futures.
Features of the summit
include a wide array of exhibitors, including colleges and universities,
and a series of dynamic workshops in the areas of entrepreneurship,
money matters and professional presentation for individuals ages
15 to 25. Charles Pugh, FM 98 WJLB Radio Personality and Fox 2 News
anchor and reporter will serve as M.C. and Judge Craig Strong, State
of Michigan, 3rd District Circuit Court Judge, will serve as keynote
"I am excited to
speak to the youth at this career symposium to share with them how
important it is to explore options for higher education and to identify
what path they want to take as early as possible," said Judge
A key component of the
event is an essay competition, with a deadline for submission of
April 18, that awards winners with scholarships that can be applied
to their future educational endeavors. Scholarships are awarded
to participants who show exemplary writing and presentation skills,
as well as original thought on the topics provided. This year's
essay topic "What is the single most important change that
needs to happen in the U.S. in the next 20 years to achieve social
justice and equality for all?" is taken from the "A Change
is Going to Come" theme from the Detroit Branch NAACP's Fight
for Freedom Fund Dinner.
for this year's event include:
Ownership of Your Life
Attendees will evaluate the direction of their lives and
recognize that they are in the driver's seat.
Your Future, Be Your Own Boss
Students learn basic skills and behaviors necessary to
own and operate their own business. There will be presentations
by local entrepreneurs with an opportunity to ask questions.
Impressions are Lasting Impressions
Focus will be on three key business etiquette elements
to job search success: resume tips, dress for success
and interview highlights.
& Leadership Development
This workshop is designed to highlight the value of studying
and understanding history to showcase the current work
and accomplishments of contemporary African American leaders
and organizations. Participants will be reminded "the
best way to predict the future is to create it."
"This is Ford Motor Company's eighth year of partnership with
the Detroit Branch NAACP for the Career Day and Youth Summit,"
said Pamela Alexander, director, Community Development and Business
Operations, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, the
philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. "This event continues
to attract a large number of students, parents and teachers, and
clearly supports Ford's commitment to assist youth in preparing
for their future."
Parents and youth organization
leaders are welcome to attend with students. For more information
on how to register for the summit or to participate in the essay
competition, call 313-203-7235 or visit www.fordnaacpcareerday.com.
Source: Ford Motor