On March 6, three UGI employees had the opportunity to act as facilitators and mentors to high school sophomore and junior girls during the Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania’s Young Women’s Futures Symposium held at Lebanon Valley College. The one-day event offered learning activities focused on career exploration and self assessment to allow the 130 young attendees to better visualize their goals and aspirations.
The Symposium began with students local high school participating in a tech detox before being placed into small groups where the had the opportunity to meet girls from other high schools. Each grouping consisted of a handful of girls from different high schools along with a facilitator who walked them through resume building, how to interview, and what to wear in a professional setting. The girls also had the chance to practice writing thank you notes for future employers and learned about professional social media etiquette. Facilitators at each table also answered questions and offered career advice to the young attendees.
The event also included panel sessions, the most popular of the day being the Career Panel. Prior to the Symposium, attendees were asked to list two occupations that they were interested in on their applications. Female volunteers from each of the chosen occupations were brought in to discuss their education and work experience. UGI’s Sandra Urmey spoke to young girls interested in engineering about her experience at UGI and how she accomplished her dream of becoming an engineer. The volunteers answered questions and provided valuable information about how young women can achieve their goals.
After lunch, groups of one and two met with mentors to talk about education and career options, as well as answer any questions about day-to-day issues that the girls encounter. Motivational speaker, Harriet Turk, closed the event with an inspirational dialogue that encouraged the girls to always be themselves and to not let anyone take their dreams away from them.
Junior Achievement Symposiums are one-day workshops of mentoring, motivation, and opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors. Participants are students who are nominated by their schools and would not otherwise attend a workshop or leadership seminar. Throughout the year, seven Symposiums are held to benefit over 900 male and female students in South Central Pennsylvania. To learn more about Junior Achievement and the work they do for students throughout Pennsylvania, visit www.juniorachievement.org. Want to find out more about UGI’s work in your community? Visit us online at www.ugi.com/community or follow us on any of our social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – to see UGI in action.