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Boys Town Louisiana and JOB1 Hold Inaugural Young Adult Job Fair

Boys Town Louisiana and JOB1 ​held a young adult job fair in the New Orleans community at JOB1 Business and Career Solutions Center on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The job fair that was open to the public, helped prepare young adults ages 17-21 build confidence and learn vital information regarding transition into the workforce through an extensive, interactive job fair. Participants included 65 youth, 19 company representatives, and six wisdom panelists.

DJ Raj Smoove and Radio Personality Wild Wayne kicked off the event while community organizations Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) held workshops on effective workplace communication and creating resumes. Separate gender-specific workshops addressed appropriate attire and interview skills.

Youth were able to interview for jobs on the spot, obtain information on job training programs, participate in workshops and get information on housing. The workshops taught youth interview etiquette, resume building, mock interview training, and moral responsibility in the career place.

The Wisdom Panel consisted of six community industry experts including areas in: sports media, legal, entrepreneurship, the Navy, fitness, and public health. They answered questions and offered career advice while New Orleans radio personality, Wild Wayne, moderated the discussion. Wayne also offered advice and steps to becoming successful.

The youth engaged and asked panelists’ input on their personal, career, and business aspirations. Panelists offered personal assistance in achieving their goals and handed out business cards, contact info, and information regarding assisting programs. Youth also were able to take advantage of Attorney Alvin Johnson with the law office of Alvin A. Johnson and Associates, which offered criminal record and legal information.

“The event went great and Job1 has asked Boys Town to plan another event in the near future,” said Sonya Brown, Community Engagement Coordinator, Boys Town Louisiana. “We hope even more youth come out next year as we feel this is such a great opportunity to learn and optimize one’s strength before venturing out in the job field.”

The day was not all business and work as food, raffles and giveaways were included. Light refreshments and water donated from Whole Foods Market ®, yummy brownies and cookies donated from Liberty’s Kitchen ®, and a vendor’s lunch of finger sandwiches, chips and fried chicken were served. Gift cards donated by Panera Bread ® were raffled off and Boys Town youth earned Walmart ® gift cards for participation in workshops.

The goal of JOB1 Business and Career Solutions is to provide employers with a skilled workforce and to link job seekers to employment that leads to self-sufficiency. JOB1 provides employment and training services federally funded through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)