The Middle School/Teen Program is scheduled to host “Destination Success,” a college and career night for students, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Dru Pippin Youth Center.
According to event organizers, military recruiters and representatives from local businesses and colleges will be there to provide information and answer questions.
Representatives for standardized testing preparation and college enrollment assistance will be in attendance, as well.
Children and Youth Services Assistant Director Danielle Maples said the objective of the event is to show students different opportunities as they search for a path in life-after-school.
“Some of our younger ones come in, and they don’t know what they want to do for a job or they don’t know what they want to do for school, but it just gives them (someone) to talk to so they can start thinking about it,” she said.
“We’ve had some (students) come in and get applications for summer jobs, night jobs, too,” she added.
Homework and Lab technician Francis Becker agreed.
“I’m just hoping I can give some direction to some of the youth, or give them opportunities to know what’s out there available for them,” he said.
Maples said there will be a robotics demonstration by a civilian-run military program, while Becker confirmed the attendance of Military Police Soldiers from a unit on-post.
“We have a diverse group of people coming in,” she said. “It’s not just all about college, it’s not just all about career. We’re trying to bring in people from every different aspect.”
Maples reassured students who are uncertain of what they want to do in the future.
“Our high schoolers don’t always get excited to talk about what they’re going to do, and a lot of them will tell you they’re nervous because they don’t know what they want to be when they grow up,” she said. “It’s ok not to know.”
Maples and Becker encouraged anyone interested to attend the event, regardless of their age or future plans.
“Even if you’re not coming to look for a university or a job, come for the experience of just getting to do things you normally wouldn’t do,” she said.
The event is free and open to the public.