PENINSULA — For students on the Peninsula, sometimes it seems hard to find employment options during or after high school that don’t deal with tourism. That’s why the Boys and Girls Club, with the aid of AmeriCorps Volunteer Emily Brown and AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Kevin Johnson provided an activities fair on Sept. 25 at Ilwaco High School.

After a listening to motivational speaker, David Edward Garcia, students were introduced to a multitude of job fields including, but not limited to, realty, banking, and even organic farming. Students were shown different career options, different educational opportunities and volunteer organizations to consider during or after high school. These people shared information about how high school students could contribute to our community.

Students enjoyed the variety at the activities fair and they thought it was informative. The surveys collected showed that students would recommend that more youth attend such a momentous event. The feedback gathered also told organizers that most of our community partners would consider hiring youth. The only negative comment the students had was that there wasn’t any free food this time.

Thank you to Meredith Payton for starting the activities fair and making the entire speaker series a huge success for youth in Pacific County. Thank you to all the Boys and Girls Club staff for helping with set-up and take down. Most of all, thank you to Poverty Response, Wellspring, Job Corps at Tongue Point, Willapa Behavioral Health, Grays Harbor College, Long Beach Police Department, Boys and Girls Club, Lighthouse Realty, Bank of the Pacific, Clatsop Community College, Pink Poppy Bakery, Chinook Observer, Pacific County Fire Department #1, WSU Vancouver, city of Long Beach, Starvation Alley Farms, The Adrift Hotel, and Willapa National Wildlife Refuge for being there not only for the event, but to help offer career information and stewardship opportunities to students who are undecided about their future.

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