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Young leaders provide interview practice for students

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United Way of Central New Mexico’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) provided professional interview practice for students at Rio Grande High School this week.

YLS has been providing mock interview experiences at various schools for several years,” explains Melissa Fox, United Way of Central New Mexico Development officer and YLS manager. “We’re now partners with Mission: Graduate’s South Valley Career Exploration (SVCE) project and pleased to be supporting Rio Grande High School.”

The opportunity came after a conversation between representatives of the YLS team and the RGHS internship coordinator.

YLS strives to inspire, educate, and empower young leaders in central New Mexico to share their time, talent and resources to effect lasting change in their community. All Young Leaders Society High School Initiative grants are education based.  

Fox adds, an additional benefit is that students get to learn how these professionals – some not much older than them – landed in their fields.

The 14 professionals represented the banking, medical, entrepreneur, engineering, legal, utility, tourism and hospitality, public safety, nonprofit, and financial service fields.

Understanding the wide range of career possibilities provides students with a focus on their future and an understanding of the purpose and need for success in their current coursework.

Pictured above from left: Michael Kline, Mark Dinelli, Danna Dominguez, Selena Hardy, Melissa Fox, Janet Ortega, Jason Hackett, Trevor Lewis, Finola Perry, Thomas Cooper, Cameron Graham, and Alfredo Rivera


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