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Young leaders guide high achievers in career exploration discussions

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Young Leaders Society (YLS), a donor group of the United Way of Central New Mexico, is partnering with Mission: Graduate to provide a speaker series entitled "Young Leaders Connection" for students at College and Career High School.

College and Career High school is a dual-credit high school located on the main campus of Central New Mexico Community College that allows students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and a two-year college degree, certificate, or credits towards a bachelor’s degree. 

Young leaders from various professions host the bimonthly speaker series where the topics range from types of careers that are available to the education needed, and everything in between,” says Selena Hardy, Mission: Graduate’s College and Career Readiness manager and speaker series co-manager. This is the type of aligned work that helps us give more students career exploration opportunities.

These students inspire us with their great questions and eagerness to learn. The goal is to connect young leaders in our community to students to give them experience, networking and other skills to help them in their postsecondary exploration,” says Melissa Fox, YLS staff lead, and speaker series co-manager.

Young Leaders Society, a donor group of United Way of Central New Mexico, strives to inspire, educate, and empower young leaders in central New Mexico to share their time, talent, and resources to effect lasting change in the community. 

Why is this work important?

YLS council member and registered nurse working with Lovelace Health Systems Finola Perry explains, "This initiative is important to me personally because, as a single teenage mother I had to literally learn on my feet and "wing it." Luckily, I had the support of my family and friends to help guide me, but not all high school students have that same support system.  They rely on the guidance of educators and community resources to give them the tools they need to survive and be successful in life.  As well, my own son is now 16 years old and I can only hope that through participating in programs such as this I can serve as an inspiration to my son and his friends to also participate and give back to the community in the future.”

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