Maritza Dubie-Uribe, Youth Program Manager and Anahit Damlamanyan, Youth Projects Lead represented the County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services (CSS), in the 25th annual Salute to Youth: Career Connection event, hosted by the Antelope Valley Union High School District on October 13, 2016 and held at the Antelope Valley fairgrounds. The dynamic event was designed to introduce local students to a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers and higher education opportunities available after high school graduation. Partners included: NASA, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Kaiser Permanente, Antelope Valley Boy Scouts of America, Antelope Valley Community College, Palmdale Water District, Los Angeles Office of Education and many others.
More than 200 Antelope Valley students stopped by the CSS resource table to learn more about our work-based-learning programs that follow an Earn and Learn model. Youth were encouraged to begin the simple online registration process and were informed of the eligibility requirements. Once registered and enrolled youth will engage in paid internships and earn about $1,000.
Youth Jobs Program staff took advantage of this fruitful opportunity to engage one-on-one with students and inform them of the availability of our work-based learning programs to gain real-world work experience, valuable employment skills and the importance of paring work with continued education to be competitive in the 21st Century job market.
Many of the youth had a clear vision of what they wanted to be. One young female student said she wanted to be an immigration lawyer, while another young lady wanted to be an engineer but felt that girls were not cut out to be engineers. Immediately Ms. Damlamanyan shared her story of how she earned her degree while working fulltime and being a mother of two school age children. She then introduced the two students to professional women who earned degrees in specific STEM fields, empowering them to recognize that they are capable of pursing any career they desire.