The Ohio chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America was one of the primary sponsors of the 2011 Career and Entrepreneurship Event for Foster Care Youth and Alumni.
Lisa Dickson, FCAA Ohio Communications Chair, was the Lead Facilitator of the Planning Committee for this worthwhile event. It was her honor and privilege to work with fellow committee members, including:
- Sandra Holt, ODJFS Office of Families and Children
- Vanita Nevis, ODD Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division
- Doris Edelmann, Ohio Youth Advisory Board
- Kris Ross, Lorain County Children Services
- Penny Wyman, OACCA
- Melissa Lindsay, Ohio Poverty Law Center
- Jen Foster, Village Network ~ Columbus
- And, of course.... our amazing author and keynote speaker Rhonda Sciortino
The event included:
- A Resume Clinic , staffed by representatives from COWIC, Columbus/Franklin County One-Stop, and the New Directions Career Center.
- Workshops provided by the Building Trades Institute, Capital Law School Small Business Clinic, Central Ohio Minority Business Association, CSCC Center for Workforce Development, CSCC Culinary Apprenticeship Program, JOG Our Way, Ohio Means Jobs, PNC Bank (Money Management Workshop), and the Bridges Out of Poverty: Getting Ahead Program.
- Suits for Success, freely available to participating youth...
At the end of the day, our most valuable feedback came -- of course -- from the youth themselves...
Rhonda Sciortino's Keynote ~ Quotes from Youth Evaluations:
- “It was wonderful. I am SO glad she was able to come. It gave me a lot of insight, not only into my situation, but how to live my life.”
- “I liked that Rhonda encouraged us – we need more of that”
- “It was nice to be able to meet someone that was a foster child in the past, and that has a wonderful life.”
- “This session was really helpful and inspirational to me cause it gave a lot more hope for my future and it showed me that you can do whatever you want, if you have the passion for it and put your mind into it.”
- “Mrs. Sciortino taught me that no matter what anyone says to try and put me down and say that I can’t do it, that I’m the ONLY ONE who can change my life and succeed in my life.”
- "Was really interested in what Rhonda was saying – it gave me hope that I could become something in life. LOVED IT”
Overall Event ~ Quotes from Youth Evaluations:
- “Worth the trip, thoroughly enjoyed it”
- “It was wonderful. I really enjoyed it. I hope we can do it again, soon.”
- “I loved it. This conference ROCKS! I hope we have another”
- “I thought that it was all very helpful! And I think that all the information I got today will help me down the line.”
- “Anything they said was helpful, if you just apply it to your life. A quote that always went through my head: ‘How to you live when you’re ruled by your past? But how do you forget a past that made you?”
- “I enjoyed it, and it will help me in the future.”
- “The event was a success in terms of the people I connected with.”
- “The whole event was very professional, and organized by the way that everything was set up and put together, and I believe everyone who decided to have this event for us are really caring people who really cares about the youth and where they end up, and who they become. Thank you very much for inviting me.”
- “I have really enjoyed the whole entire time I’ve been here. I appreciate every single person who taught me things that I didn’t know were possible”
- “I’m glad I came today, because I learned a lot of stuff that will help me with a successful future.”
- “I am really glad that I got to come up to Columbus; I am leaving with lots of new facts than when I came. I really think that all students need to do what I did today.”
- “I really enjoyed it, even though I had to get up really early. I liked it.”
- “I really enjoyed myself and really changed my perspective on jobs, life and success. Loved it!!!”