Pamela Whitfield, president of Soul Sistas Run, said, “Kids are not really equipped with the information necessary on appropriate behavior in attaining a job or being accepted to college. They may not know what is expected of them, what to wear to an interview, how to speak and how to fill out a resume or application.”
The event is to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers students the opportunity to hear from representatives from Kennesaw State University, Georgia Highlands College and Chattahoochee Technical College on how to apply to college. Grade point average requirements, SAT and ACT scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation and financial assistance are topics to be discussed.
Shaw Industries, Comcast, Chic-fil-A and Level 3 Communications will be sending human resources representatives to discuss what skills and qualities companies are looking for in an employee and how to successfully complete an interview.
Workshops throughout the day will address soft skills, such as the value of a proper handshake, making eye contact and correctly tying a neck tie and a bow tie. Students are required to wear business attire to the event.
“Each young man will leave the event with several ties so that he will be prepared for interviews. We want to do everything we can to equip these students and make them ready for their future,” Whitfield said.
Tracey Mitchell, a local real estate agent, will speak to the students on the benefits of self-employment and details on the real estate business.
“Being self-employed carries many responsibilities but it is also highly enjoyable,” Mitchell said. “It truly is an unlimited career because you can make it what you want. Within the real estate field you also have different facets; for example, you could pursue commercial real estate, property management or residential.
“I also tell people in real estate you are first selling yourself, so confidence is vital. You must believe in yourself. You must be disciplined. You have to be prepared for times when business is slow.
“One thing young people need to understand is what you become determines the quality of life you live. It is important to prepare for a career because having a career and working a job are two different concepts that get confused. They are definitely not the same thing.
“Not all kids have an example of a professional in their lives. It is so important for kids to excel and exceed; their lives should not be determined by the sins of their parents. We must break down the barriers and walls that have been set up and be an example for them to follow.”
Soul Sistas Run is a nonprofit organization that focuses on empowering women through promoting health and fitness. It also began a mentoring initiative for young girls age 10 to 19 in 2013.
“I hear people criticize children and young adults for not behaving appropriately but they will never know what is appropriate unless we teach them. You really don’t know what is missing until you get involved. Only through involvement can we change our culture,” Whitfield said.
For more information or to register for the event, visit www.soulsistasrun.org. Registration for the event ends July 18.