On September 29 at the new S-Mart Civic Center, U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez’s Youth Council held REACH: How Far Do You Want to Go?, an event aiming to assist high school students in making more informed vocational decisions. The 140 students in attendance from three area high schools were afforded the opportunity to talk to 10 experts in distinct career fields who shared anecdotes on their experiences and best-practices, not to mention the challenges they have faced in initiating, maintaining, and developing their professional careers.
“Investing in youth is always rewarding, and through the leadership of the Youth Council, the U.S. Consulate General continues to explore new approaches to promote dialogue with young people. We are pleased to see these connections between high school youth and young professionals. Hopefully, when they have to choose a career, they would value both their contributions to society and their own self-realization,” said Daria L. Darnell, the U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juarez.
The event was held in “rally” mode. There were 10 stations in which each expert had a few minutes to share their experiences related to their respective professional fields. Groups composed of 14 students each rotated through the stations talking in turn to a computer expert, a filmmaker, an engineer, an artist, a model, an entrepreneur, a motivational coach, a designer, a Greco-Roman wrestler and a doctor in the social sciences.
“Our goal is to transmit to the students the desire to continue moving forward, whether in school, with a project, a business, or whatever else they do. We want them not to waste what they have already achieved but to explore what else they can do, “said the Youth Council’s Irene Vega.
The U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez’s Youth Council is a group of young people between the ages of 18 and 26 that meets periodically to share their ideas and contribute to a dialogue about issues important to the United States and Mexico. The Youth Council also organizes activities focused on strengthening the community.