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Past Youth Event

“Opportunities Await” Free Virtual Youth conference for Niagara County Out of School Youth (OSY) ages 16-24, who are unemployed and not seeking a college.  The conference highlighted programs and services available through Niagara County Employment and Training and Niagara County Community College's WIOA Youth Program.

Conference Dates: June 18, 2020 11 am - 4 pm and June 25, 2020 11 am - 2 pm

Participants engaged in workshops that challenged them on where they are in life and helped them determine what path they want to take for their future.  The goal was that participants would leave the conferences hopeful about opportunities available to help them reach their goals.  An open session roundtable, group, and one-on-one sessions will be offered to assist prospective youth with class/program registration and how to complete funding applications through Niagara County Employment Training - WorksSource One.

Funded by Niagara County Workforce Development Board under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Equal Opportunity Employer / Program. Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Organized by Ealy and Associates Consulting, LLC. (EAC) on behalf of the Niagara County Workforce Development Board  (NCWDB).  Conference Team:
  • Theresa Little   Project Director
  • Briandi Little     Logistics and Special Events Coordinator
  • Tracy Rozler     Advertising and Marketing Coordinator
  • Dr. John Craig   Technology and Zoom Coordinator
  • Kyle Zimmer     Registration and Technology Assistant

Conference Agenda

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM           Sign-In
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM           Plenary/Opening Session
Welcome: Bonnie - Rice Executive Director for NCWDB
Keynote Speaker
11:45 AM -12:00 PM            Ice Breaker 
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM           Concurrent Workshops-Session I
  • Not Sure What You Want to do After High School?
  • Because They Said So
  • I Want My Own - Entrepreneurship
  • This College Thing is Not Quite Working Out for Me
  • Calling all HGTV/DYI Enthusiasts
12:45 PM-1:00 PM                     BREAK
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM              Follow-Up Questions and Family Feud
2:00 PM -2:45 PM                Niagara County Employment and Training
            Niagara County Community College’s WIOA Youth Programs
Overview of Programs and Services Available
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM              Concurrent Workshops-Session II
  • Not Sure What You Want to do After High School?
  • Because They Said So
  • I Want My Own - Entrepreneurship
  • This College Thing is Not Quite Working Out for Me
  • Calling all HGTV/DYI Enthusiasts
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM               15 Minutes of Fun To Be Determined
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM                 Closing Remarks

Workshop Descriptions 

Not Sure What You Want to Do After High School?

This workshop will allow attendees to build on the idea that they are in control of their future and dreams by discussing alternatives to college and introduce gap year programs.
Target Audience: Undecided seniors and their parents/guardians and senior high school guidance counselors.

This College Thing is Not Quite Working Out for Me

This workshop will focus on alternative options to college, getting into a trade program, becoming an apprentice, and other related topics.
Attendees will leave with an understanding that post-secondary education is not for everyone and does not determine their success in life.
Target Audience: College-Undecided freshman, Stop-out students in jeopardy of not completing their college degree, at-risk students and their parents/guardians and College Advisors (FYE, Academic Probation, and Career Counselors)

Because They Said So

Attendees will be empowered to advocate for themselves and take control of their future, despite the pressures to pursue a post-secondary education by parents, guidance counselors, and peers. 
Target Audience: All youth ages 16-24, parents, guardians, counselors, and program staff that work with youth.

I Want My Own – Entrepreneurship

This workshop is designed for those interested in starting and creating their own business using a technical or skill trade. Presenter will share their success and challenges of owning a small skill trade business.
Target Audience: All youth ages 16-24 who want to learn a skill/technical trade and use that skill/trade to start their own business.

Calling All HGTV/DYI Enthusiasts

Attendees will learn about opportunities within the home repair/renovation industry, such as carpentry, electrical, plumbing and HVAC.
Target Audience: All youth ages 16-24 interested in flipping or building houses or other structures.