‘Opportunity Fair’ Coming To Chesapeake For Teens, Young Adults

WAVY 10 | February 26, 2018

By: News Staff


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Opportunity Inc. and the Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads are holding an event later this week to help teens and young adults with employment, volunteer and post-secondary education opportunities.

The NextGen Opportunity Fair will be held Thursday, March 1, at the Chesapeake Conference Center from 6-8 p.m.

The fair will feature more than 50 area businesses and organizations, and it’s free for teens and young adults ages 16-24 — as well as vendors.

If you’re looking for work, you’re encouraged to bring copies of your resume.

Also, dress to impress and be prepared for interviews onsite.

Participating businesses and organizations include: AAA Pools, Autobell, GameStop, Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast, Jimmy Johns, Norfolk State University, Ocean Breeze, Regent University, Sentara Healthcare, The Virginia Zoo, Waffle House, YMCA, among several other vendors.

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NextGen Opportunity Fair

Opportunity Inc. And Youth Career Center Of Hampton Roads Host Escape The School Event At Paul D. Community College Suffolk Campus

Up to 50 Hampton Roads startups will compete for funds with virtual pitches

The Virginian Pilot, October 31, 2017

By Briana Adhikusuma


Opportunity Inc.

Creating the perfect pitch will land up to five businesses $500 each in startup funds.

Opportunity Inc.’s Youth Career Center recently launched its inaugural Hampton Roads Virtual Pitch Competition as part of its Youth Entrepreneurship Summit on Oct. 18.

The only requirements are that the applicant be between the ages of 14 and 24 and live in one of these eight localities: Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Franklin, Isle of Wight County or Southampton County. Student status is not a requirement and teams can apply together for one business.

The application and submission process is at MyYouthCareerCenter.org – making the competition completely virtual.

Andrea Grant, senior director of youth initiatives and community affairs at Opportunity Inc., said the decision to make the competition virtual was based on allowing applicants to have the ability to submit businesses whenever they were ready within the acceptance period.

Christina Brooks, director of youth services at the Youth Career Center, said the virtual aspect also encourages applicants to hone their pitches to fit an online environment.

“Our youth are in the virtual age where the way that they reach their customers will be virtually. So they need to learn how to have a virtual presence,” she said. “We’ve been working with young entrepreneurs for years. One of the barriers that our young entrepreneurs come across is getting the funds to help start up their business.”

The business submissions can still be in the prototype development stage, and applicants will have to answer questions such as who their competitors are, who their target customer is and what problem their product or service solves for a customer – all in a two-minute-long video pitch.

Judges will meet several times over December to view the pitches and discuss applicants. The deadline to submit a business is 5 p.m. Dec. 1; the five winners will be announced sometime after Dec. 15.


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Opportunity Inc. Career Fair Connects Young Professionals to Employers

Chesapeake Economic Development March Newsletter: March 8, 2017

More Than 700 Attendees at the Fair

The Suffolk News-Herald, March 9, 2017

Opportunity Inc. and the Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads hosted the fifth annual Hampton Roads Regional NextGen Opportunity Fair – previously known as the Teen Summer Opportunity Fair — on March 2.

More than 700 youth filled the Chesapeake Conference Center to receive information on employment, volunteer, and post-secondary education opportunities. This year, the fair had a record of more than 75 vendors participating.

“The Youth Career Center launched this fair in 2012 to promote job readiness for teens and young adults, and each year we are thrilled to see an increased interest from both employers and attendees,” said Shawn Avery, president and chief executive officer of Opportunity Inc.

“We are committed to preparing the emerging workforce for jobs in our region, and this event provides us with a great opportunity to connect employers with the next-generation talent.”

The fair was sponsored by the city of Chesapeake and Chesapeake R U Ready, and welcomed businesses, educational institutions and organizations across the region seeking to hire new talent. The fair was free for teens and young adults ages 16-24, as well as vendors.

Representatives from employers including Farm Fresh, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, Sonic, LTD Hospitality and others too part.

“Through our Youth Career Center, we provide resources and services aimed at ensuring the teens and young adults we serve are well-prepared for the fair,” said Andrea Harrell, senior director of youth initiatives and community affairs for Opportunity Inc.

“We assist with everything from resume development to mock interviews, so it is very rewarding to share in the excitement of their first job offer.”

Several employers took advantage of the interviewing room made available at the fair and hired youths on the spot.

More than 700 youth attend fair

WVEC Coastal Connections: February 2017

Coastal Connections, February 26, 2017

Andrea Harrel and Christinia Brooks discuss the NextGen Opportunity Fair, watch the full interview here.

Audience: Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads

By: Alexa Manful

WAVY TV10, February 14, 2017

[ Watch the full interview with Andrea Harrel and Christinia Brooks here. ]

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Christina Brooks and Andrea Harrell from the Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads and Opportunity Inc visited The Hampton Roads Show to tell us about their NextGen Opportunity Fair.

NextGen Opportunity Fair
Thursday, March 2
6pm to 8pm
Chesapeake Convention Center
Youth Career Center
TCC Virginia Beach
Princess Anne Building
Suite A – Room 100A
(757) 233-8686

This segment of the Hampton Roads Show sponsored by the Youth Career Center.

WCTV: Interview Discussing NextGen Opportunity Fair

WCTV, February 15, 2017

To watch the clip click here then click the “WCTV Now” button and locate the 48News broadcast from February 15th.  The clip starts at 2:17.

Best Bets | NextGen Opportunity Fair offers plethora of entry-level job opportunities for youth

By: Eric Feber

Chesapeake Clipper, February 15. 2017

Youth is a wonderful time of learning, energy, discovery and unlimited dreams, but it can also be a time of anxiety and fear about the future.

During high school, after graduation, while attending college or after earning that degree, what then? Work right after high school or go on for more education? After college, where and how does one successfully apply for jobs?

It’s scary and daunting, but the Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads will provide valuable help for this uncharted future.

 It will present the 5th annual Hampton Roads Regional NextGen Opportunity Fair (formerly known as the Teen Summer Opportunity Fair) from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive in Greenbrier.

Sponsored by the City of Chesapeake, the event is free and open to South Hampton Roads youth, ages 16-24.

The Youth Career Center will offer intense sessions at the NextGen Fair and a host of national, regional and local employers.

According to the event’s media release, the fair will “assist teens and young adults in gaining access to employment, volunteering and post-secondary educational opportunities.”

New this year will be its “Career Readiness” initiative, which will connect participants looking for full-time, entry-level positions with various regional employers.

Teens and young adults are encouraged to bring resumes and come dressed for professional job interviews.