On Tuesday, May 17th, Gladeo League members Austin Sybouts, Mahal Williams, Alexander Walker-Griffin, and Joseph Fortuno accompanied Founder Michelle Cho at the Richmond Community Foundation's 7th Annual Northern California Summit on Children and Youth: Building the Next Generation Workforce!
Gladeo League Program Director Joseph Fortuno kicked off the event as the opening speaker. During his opening speech, titled I Am, Joseph spoke about how the community influenced his life and career and his experience with Gladeo.
"Now that I have graduated from this district, my new job is to inspire my generation to show each other that regardless of your skin tone, sexual orientation, or religion, if you work hard enough and dream hard enough, you can make an impact in the world. I will continue to use my platform to inspire change wherever I go, because my mentors taught me that."
Throughout the day, Gladeo hosted an interactive booth as a part of the 'resource village' of the event. Community members and students who visited the booth learned about Gladeo's programs, including GladeoX, Our Industry and Career Videos, Dream Confidently Seminars, and the Gladeo League.
During the afternoon, Gladeo conducted the Dream Confidently seminar for over 60 students attendees. Accompanied by Gladeo League Messengers Mahal and Alex, Michelle Cho taught high school students the importance of finding a career to pursue through personal strengths, priorities, and passions, and the importance of success through grit.
This year’s summit focused on ensuring that communities are prepared to fill the employment opportunities that will be available in the coming years, including health care, information and communications technology (ICT), biotech and many other vocational professions that are critical to a highly functioning society. The day was comprised of inspiring speakers and presentations from established programs throughout the Bay Area, as well as roundtable discussions to tackle challenges and opportunities. In addition to presenting engaging workforce programs that actively train and develop young people for careers, the Summit also explored academic, vocational, training, mentoring and employment programs targeting underserved youth and youth of color, as well as community college students. Guest speakers included local icons such as Devin Lars, CEO/Co-Founder of Doing Everything Different and D&D Designs & Screen Printing, LLC, Marc Philpart of PolicyLink, and Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember 15th District, State of California.
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Tiffany Gonzales, Gladeo League Head Scribe