Why it Matters: Thoughts on the Importance of Community Engagement in Career Planning

Communities grow its youth in numerous ways. As an award winning educator entering my forty seventh year of educational service; I am delighted with the youth programs I support through the El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs.

Over the years of my volunteerism I am aware of the educational engagement support to families and school districts which have a dynamic impact on the present and the future of urban culture. I have watched as youth of all backgrounds arrive at post-secondary informational events hosted on disparate college settings energized to learn about and find pathways for what can come next in their planning. It is a groundbreaking experience for now thousands of students. A preponderance of these students have a new vision quest because of the exposure offered by this careers program. Energy is a distinctive trait for why this program works for youth.

There are a plethora of volunteers who act as guides for the day and do outreach for inclusion. Judges, business leaders, self-defense trainers, military veterans, a delightful assemblage of American range and diversity people the ranks of volunteers and life-informed believers in helping these youngsters from the secondary school realize who there are and who they can be. Future Selfing is so very important. A subtlety is the culture of respect and positive regard for these students. They are very intuitive and appreciate the positive regard that permeates the intent and best hope that underpins the career pathways plan as realized here. The terminology does not communicate the superlative quality of this youth program or all of the merit that it deserves.

On a personal level, I can remember when graduating from high school cum laude, that my high school counselor called me into her office in my final year to inquire if I thought I might want to go to college. The way this portal operates sends the message: Of course you can go to college or to whatever next preparation best suits you. The inclusive culture and durability of this effort sends a message through action that is stereotype defying and powerful for the future of all communities.

Collateral benefits are captured from a young mentor for the students who choose this exposure. ..reflections resulting when asked to summarize her personal take on this experience.

I have gained a lot of experience working with youth, learned a variety of things while taking some of their workshops with them. I have met a ton of awesome ambassadors. Volunteering with the setup of the events, I’ve learned some project management skills, organizational skills and definitely leadership skills.

Other organizations offer similar benefit and have done so for decades. All are good villagers. I am happy to visit and review other good works for students.

Delia Armstrong Busby

Adventures in Learning k-12 Inc.

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