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Teens Take the Leap into Career Readiness

Adrianna Meyer and Zach Romero leading introductions at Take the Leap Day.

Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day, hosted by the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) was held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center earlier this month. Throughout the day, youth learned valuable career skills by participating in breakout sessions and group activities.

Adrianna Meyer, one of the facilitators and a TLC member, said, “The day helped Attendees learning how to set S.M.A.R.T. goals during one of the training sessions.develop skills that can be used as students enter college and the workforce, and throughout their lives.” In planning the day, Zach Romero, another facilitator, said, “Take the Leap Day is important to me personally, because it was my own way of leaving an impact on those who want to put themselves out there and better themselves through 4-H.”Heather Wilson, an alumna of Fairfield County 4-H, leading 4-H’ers through a workshop.

One teen who attended said, “I walked away with important skills to use in the near future.” Another attendee shared, “I learned about interviews and how to handle my stress.”

In addition to hearing from speakers and participating in breakout sessions on Youth learning how to build their resumes during one development, the teens received a professional headshot and other materials to set them up for success. The day was funded in part thanks to a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation. Additional assistance came from Jim and Marlene Helt and their unwavering support for Ohio 4-H’s teen programming. For more information about Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day, please contact Ohio 4-H TLC advisors Frances Foos or Sarah Longo.