Get real and get on the bus.
Youth entering 7th-12th grade will be going out into the real world and walking around in other people’s shoes this summer in order to get experience and perspectives on schools and careers they could enter after high school.
As the lead agency for West Park MyCom youth initiative, we have the resources to take youth on guided adventures through the world of work and education.
Thursday June 25th—Cleveland Public Library Tech Central , 10:30am-1:30pm
Thursday July 2nd—CSU and Case Western Reserve University, 11:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday July 8th—Tri-C West Shore and Hyland Software, 9:00am-2:30pm (Lunch provided)
Thursday July 16th—OSU Agricultural Technical Institute and The College of Wooster, 9:00am -4:00pm (Lunch provided)
Wednesday August 5th—Polaris and Baldwin Wallace, 9:45am-3:00pm (9th-12th grade only)
High school seniors can struggle with “What’s next?” feelings, but graduation should not be the first chance youth get to go out and see, hear, and touch “what’s out there.”
Everyone does not have to go to a four-year program and so the West Park MyCom youth initiative includes educational programs that end with certificates or associates degrees, as well as schools that offer bachelor’s and advanced degrees. For example, at Polaris, youth will learn about programs in:
- Precision Machining, and
- Early Childhood Education.
The Tri-C West Shore tour will focus on medical career programs like nursing, medical assisting, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and State-Tested Nursing Assistant. (STNA).
Tatiana Burton participated last year and said, “On the trips we learned a lot about the lives of college students. We looked at dorms and how they have single dorms and dorms for up to 6 people.”
Making decisions about education after high school are easier when youth are aware of their career possibilities. Career exploration on these field trips will give opportunities to see the connections many career specialties have with each other and how workplaces are interdependent on many different types of careers.
Youth like Tatiana will learn what some of the things they have to do to make their plans reality as a result of the trips. BPDC hopes youth learn as much about themselves as they do careers and colleges.
Registration is required for each trip. Pick-up and drop off will be at R.G. Jones School, (4550 W. 150th St.). Pizza will be provided for the July 8th and July 16th trips. Otherwise, please pack a brown bag lunch.
Interested youth should download the registration form from our website here or contact Vanessa Lange, BPDC youth development director, at 216-671-2710 or email her and she can mail them to you.