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Throughout the night, 75 students and their families were able to visit 20 booths, which offered youth many great opportunities.

Community Youth Exposed to Career and College Options

By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

On Friday, September 26, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale hosted a Career and College Fair at the Lehi Community Center within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The fair attracted 75 students who were able to visit approximately 20 booths offering options for a bright future.

“I started [the] college fair, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale decided that they liked that idea, and now it’s become an annual event. We opened it to the Community as well,” said Angela DiCicco, education coordinator for both the Lehi and Red Mountain branches.

Students engaged with representatives and received information at the booths they were most interested in. Recruiters asked the students questions about what they wanted to do regarding further education and a career, and this helped to point them in the right direction. Students were on a mission to visit eight booths in order to be entered into a raffle to win various gift cards.

“Some of the colleges they might not have heard of, but they might offer careers or majors in something [our students] are interested in. [We want to] give them exposure to colleges they have options to attend,” said DiCicco. Institutions with booths at the fair included the U.S. Army, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, DeVry University and more.

“I know that here on the reservation, a big goal for me is to get all of our kids through high school and let them see that there are options for them [after high school],” said DiCicco. “They can do whatever they want to do. That’s why I had trade schools and the military come out as well, because [students] don’t [necessarily] have to go to a university [if they don’t want to].”

For more information about the College and Career Fair, contact DiCicco at (480) 850-4447.

 

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