The Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals recently conducted another “Hello to Hired” Workshop, this time in the city of Newburgh. The workshop was held as part of Orange-Ulster BOCES’ 2015 Youth Force Program. Fifteen high school students attended the workshop as part of a Newburgh Free Academy job ready program. The Young Professionals were asked to conduct the workshop though the Orange County Youth Bureau and BOCES.
The workshop involved the students participating in an interactive session, including a hands-on activity that asked them to think of appropriate ways to express themselves during a job interview and in the workplace. Students attended a practice job interview and received feedback from the Young Professionals. The students asked the Young Professionals questions about their current careers and also discussed proper etiquette during an interview and on the job.
Community service is a key part of the YP’s program of work. As part of this, they will continue to work with the Orange County Youth Bureau, and other organizations such as Orange-Ulster BOCES in helping Orange County’s young people become better prepared for the workplace. The YPs received an Asset Builder-Outstanding Business/Community Partner Award from Orange County in recognition of their facilitating a job skills workshop earlier this year.
Orange County Chamber Young Professionals participating in the workshop included: Kristina Bonita (Liberty Pest Control & Environmental Management) Kristin Tamburo (SB Merchant Services), Brittany Johnson ServPro) and Kathleen O’Keefe (Mount Saint Mary College). Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education staff included Maura Creeden (Business Teacher) and Derek Diaz (Advertising and Art Instructor).