OSWEGO, NY – More than 250 youth from Oswego County School districts convened to learn about the many career choices that await them in the future at the Youth Employment Summit on Oct. 21, held in Sheldon Hall on the SUNY Oswego campus. Hosted by the Workforce Development Board Oswego County, and planned by the Youth Sub-Committee, the event featured a number of workshops on a wide variety of career paths and occupations.
Presented by area professionals, the workshops provided youth with valuable information on the career possibilities that are available in the fields of health care, law enforcement, and food service. In addition attendees had the opportunity to attend workshops on what to expect of college life, Starting Your Own Business and on personality assessment to assist them with finding careers that would be closely related to their unique personality.
The highlight of the summit was a special presentation by Al Duncan. Known as the Millennial Mentor, Duncan is a leading motivational speaker for youth and an authority on the Millennial Generation.
He has addressed nearly one million young people worldwide and is the author of My Success Journal for Young People and Get All Fired Up.
“The young people paid attention to every word he said and gave him a rousing, standing ovation. We were fortunate to have such a highly respected and entertaining speaker as Mr. Duncan and would not have been able to do so if not for the support we received from the area businesses and organizations that helped sponsor the Youth Summit, including; Constellation Energy, Huhtamaki, Eastern Shore Associates, Fulton Savings Bank, the Workforce Board of Oswego County, and the Labor Council of Oswego County” said planning committee member, Karen Merrill of Oswego County Opportunities.
Workshop presenters included Diane Oldenburg of the Oswego County Health Department; Danielle Wert of the Rural Health Network of Oswego County; Jeffery Balch of Oswego Health Laboratory; Assistant DA and Attorney Jim Nicholson; Lt. Kevin Velzy of the SUNY Oswego University Police Department; Bob Bateman of Cakes Galore, Nick Canale Jr. of Canale’s Restaurant; Katie Maxwell of SUNY Oswego Admissions; Dr. Rick Kolenda of Resident Life and Housing; Larry Perras and John Halleron of the SBDC at SUNY Oswego and Paula Annessi of Bryant & Stratton College.