During this pandemic, young people are going online to take part in Youth Opportunities Unlimited’s Job Readiness contest.
CLEVELAND – We are three months away from the Tokyo Summer Olympics, but Cleveland has completed a career-related Games spin-off today.
The event was Youth Opportunities Unlimited’s annual Youth Careers Olympics, and nearly 100 students participated in competitions to test their work readiness skills.
This year Youth Opportunities Unlimited launched the annual competition in a new and exciting way – through an online portal. This feature turned the experience into a virtual convention that included interactive videos, a virtual job fair, and more.
Unlimited youth opportunities is a Cleveland-based not-for-profit organization focused on workforce development. It serves young people between the ages of 14 and 24.
The organization offers local high school juniors and seniors a 4-credit course called Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG). The program focuses on career development, employability and leadership skills. Every April Youth Opportunities Unlimited hosts the Youth Career Olympics, an event where JOG participants present their experiences in the JOG program and compete against each other in nine business categories.
Welcome to day 5 of # YCO2021 🚩
Today is the last day of the Youth Career Olympics. Join us at 11am for the watch party livestream and watch the announcement video for the winners of each competition. Enter the event portal: https://t.co/YOic2SIiVA #YOUcle pic.twitter.com/45NfI2TgYT
– Youth Opps Unlimited (@YOUCleveland) April 16, 2021
“It’s an opportunity for [students] show others what they have accomplished, ”said Missy S. Toms, vice president of development and communications for Youth Opportunities Unlimited. “In our public speech [category,] These youngsters tell some really amazing stories. The fact that they are brave enough to stand up in front of people and talk about some of their deepest feelings, fears, and things that have happened to them. It’s incredible. And I think it’s good for people to see the amazing youth we have in Cleveland. “
The event began on Monday April 12th and the competitions ran throughout the week. The 3News reporter Marisa Saenz hosted the kickoff event. The winners were announced today. Each first place winner received a $ 100 gift card and entered a drawing to win $ 1,000 to use for work or study expenses.
The winners of the virtual youth career 2021 are:
1st place: Oberlin High School – Jacquelyn Sirocky & Kelise Trotter
2nd place: Maple Heights ECAC – Stephon Arale & Evvie Chisler
3rd place: Euclid High School – Patrice Calvin & Eriona Kirksey
Corporate team challenge
1st place: Euclid High School – Lloyd Sandosfsky & Janiya Parrish
2nd place: Oberlin High School – Mya Edge, Jennah Ortiz and Andre Yarber
3rd place: Maple Heights ECAC – Walter Ogletree & Rakiya Tilman
Make a decision
1st place: East Tech High School – Jaheem Hameed
2nd place: Euclid High School – Delonte Thorton
3rd place: Oberlin High School – Casey Amato
Review of the application
1st place: John Marshall School of Civic & Business Leadership – Adlih Gonzalez
2nd place: Oberlin High School – Catherine Eichelberger
3rd place: John Marshall School of Civic & Business Leadership – Inaya Abdus Salaam
1st place: Glenville High School – Jerrell Jones
2nd place: Euclid High School – Alaysia McKinney
3rd place: Oberlin High School – Raquel Eisom
Employment Skills Test
1st place: Euclid High School – Stephanie Russell
2nd place: Glenville High School – Va’shon Gandy
3rd place: Maple Heights ECAC – Ronnie Hawkins Jr.
Program coverage design
1st place: Euclid High School – Aaliyah Ingram
2nd place: Oberlin High School – Timothy Henderson
3rd place: Maple Heights ECAC – Diyonna Hudson
1st place: Euclid High School – Michael Patterson
2nd place: Maple Heights ECAC – Makeyah Franklin
3rd place: Oberlin High School – Risa Jackson
1st place: Oberlin High School – Anna Dedecek
2nd place: Oberlin High School – Briana White
3rd place: Maple Heights ECAC – Dajohn Sowell-Easley