Chesapeake Economic Development March Newsletter: March 8, 2017
Opportunity Inc. Career Fair Connects Young Professionals to Employers
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.
WVEC Coastal Connections: February 2017
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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
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.
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.
Regional youth job fair set
The Suffolk News-Herald, February 9, 2017
Opportunity Inc. and the Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads will hold a NextGen Opportunity Fair from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chesapeake Convention Center.
This marks the fifth year the Youth Career Center will host the fair — previously known as the Teen Summer Opportunity Fair — to assist teens and young adults in gaining access to employment, volunteer, and post-secondary education opportunities.
This year’s fair will include a special “Career Ready” section specifically designed for the emerging workforce. This section will connect young adults seeking to launch a full-time career with employers looking for entry-level applicants.
Participating businesses and organizations include Wells Fargo, SunTrust, Portsmouth Police, Virginia Beach Human Resources, Massage Luxe, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, Virginia Beach Fire Department, and Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad.
More than 50 businesses and organizations will participate.
The fair is free for teens and young adults ages 16-24, as well as vendors. Jobseekers are encouraged to bring copies of their resume and dress for a professional interview with employers onsite. For more information, visit www.myyouthcareercenter.org/event/next-gen-opportunity-fair.
Teen and young adult job seekers encouraged to attend NextGen Opportunity Fair
By: Sandra Pennecke
Inside Business, February 3, 2017
Job prospects abound at the Hampton Roads Regional NextGen Opportunity Fair.
Now in its fifth year, the fair – formerly known as the Teen Summer Opportunity Fair – is held annually by Opportunity Inc. and the Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads. It is sponsored by the city of Chesapeake.
This year’s event is from 6 to 8 p.m. March 2 at the Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive.
“Opportunity Inc. and the Youth Career Center are committed to preparing the emerging workforce for jobs in Hampton Roads,” said Christina Brooks, director of youth services for the Career Center. “This annual fair promotes job readiness, while also enabling teens and young adults to network with employers and organizations, and learn about opportunities in our region.”
Free and open to teen and young adults ages 16 to 24, the fair attracts job seekers from local public schools, universities and various youth organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Teens with a Purpose and youth affiliated with Opportunity Inc.’s out-of-school program.
The focus of the event is to provide youth and young adults in Hampton Roads with access to employment and post-secondary opportunities.
Employers look forward to the fair each year as it provides them with the opportunity to promote summer job opportunities and interface with youth who are engaged and ready to enter the workforce.
More than 65 vendors will be on site including: AAA Pools, Farm Fresh, Chesapeake Parks Recreation and Tourism, Oceanbreeze Waterpark, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation and Waffle House.
This year, there will be a “Career Ready” section specifically designed to connect young adults seeking to launch a full-time career with employers who are looking for entry-level applicants.
Participating businesses and organizations include: Wells Fargo, SunTrust, Portsmouth Police, Virginia Beach Human Resources, Massage Luxe, Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, Virginia Beach Fire Department and Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad.
“Each year, we hear stories about youth landing their first jobs, enrolling in college and gaining work experience through volunteer opportunities,” Brooks said.
For instance, last year, Bradd Mejorada was offered a job with Dave & Buster’s and attributed his success to tips and tools – such as resume building and interview skills – he learned through the Youth Career Center.
Registration is recommended via MyYouthCareerCenter.org but not required. Job seekers are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes and dress professionally. Interviews may be held onsite.
Interview with Dana Woodson Disucssing the NextGen Opportunity Fair
Dana Woodson; Portsmouth City TV