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Soroptimists help Chana High students learn job-readiness skills

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Soroptimist International of the American River completed it first Job Readiness Program, which was developed as its own signature community project specifically for girls attending Chana High School.

Club members worked closely with Mitzi Groghan of Chana High School on this program, focusing specifically on girls in their junior and senior years. The voluntary 90-minute classes were presented once a week for three weeks and were held on the Chana campus. Women from the club provided their time, expertise and general information/tip sharing with the intent to assist the girls with job-hunting tools and interviewing skills. Each of the three classes paired topics, both serious and fun.

The first class covered interviewing skills and how to dress; Laurie Whitton of Lyon Real Estate, along with other club members, presented suggestions on preparing for and completing a successful interview. In addition, three of the girls modeled outfits after having gone shopping with volunteers from the club for appropriate interview attire; one additional girl won a shopping trip the day of the class.

A week later, the second class covered banking along with hair and makeup. Kelly Fulfer, US Bank branch manager, provided the girls with banking information as well as her perspective on hiring and retaining employees in the banking environment. Three girls were selected to have hair and makeup demonstrations completed that emphasized how to look best for an interview. Makeup kits were provided to all girls in attendance.

The final class included resume writing and cooking. Club members Lisa Bloom demonstrated two recipes with help from the girls that included important health and safety tips as well as food to sample. Each girl was paired up with a Soroptimist for resume assistance. The girls will each receive a folio with all the supplies they need in order to be prepared and organized when looking for a job, including a flash drive with an electronic copy of their resume, thank you notes, pen, notepad, resume paper, envelopes, stamps and helpful hints.

The Women of Soroptimist International of the American River found this experience to be very rewarding and plan on establishing a more permanent program for continued mentoring support for the girls in our community through Chana High School. Soroptimist International of the American River is part of an international organization whose mission is the improvement of the lives of woman and girls in our own community and around the world.