Series helps ‘launch’ students to their future

WARREN – The quarterly series “Preparing to Launch” is focusing on helping local youth prepare for their futures beyond high school.

A seminar for more than 30 students and parents was held recently at the Renaissance Place to provide information and services to help teenagers and young adults achieve independence and successful lives beyond school.

Pastor Alton Merrell of New Jerusalem Fellowship, which sponsored the event, said representatives from different colleges and universities and trade schools shared the career preparation opportunities they can provide.

“It all depends on what people want to do with their lives and what jobs they would like. If you want to be pharmacist, go talk to a pharmacist or a nurse to see what they do. It is important to investigate,” Cindy Harris of Trumbull Career and Technical Center said.

She suggested job shadowing to see what a day is like at a job.

Todd Johnson of Trumbull One Stop said he offers job counseling and often is working at the same time with two generations from the same house as both parent and child are seeking education and training.

“Some parents have lost their jobs after years of working at the mills and, like their children, are in need of learning new skills to get a job,” he said.

Johnson said it is very important how someone presents themselves.

Merrell said parents today have a lot of input to help their children. He said it is often a challenge to start over with a career change.

Zina McKinney, adviser at Youngstown State University, said what works for one person may not work for someone else.

“We all take different paths because we all have different gifts and abilities,” she said.

There will be additional seminars throughout the year.

For more information, call 330-883-0598.