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Saturday, 19 April, 2008 12:31 PM

Ford Motor Company and Detroit Branch NAACP Host 2008 Career Day and Youth Summit

Judge Craig Strong is Keynote Speaker and Local Journalist Charles Pugh Serves as Emcee

Career Day participants in the Career & College Fair at the Ford Design booth

 

Career Day participants in the Be Your Own Boss / Money Matters Workshop

Photo credits: www.fordnaacpcareerday.com

 

DETROIT -- 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 speaker.

"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 Craig Strong.

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.

 

Workshops for this year's event include:

  • Taking Ownership of Your Life
    Attendees will evaluate the direction of their lives and recognize that they are in the driver's seat.
  • Control 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.
  • First 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.
  • Advocacy & 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 Company Fund

 

 

 

 

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