Career Exploration Series Brings Future to Life for Middle School Girls

     Published on 5/2/17   Tagged under:    District News    Frazer K-8 School    Westside Academy at Blodgett   

Frazer and Westside Academy at Blodgett girls in grades six to eight had a unique opportunity to speak with a female farmer, judge, nurse, journalist and more, thanks to the Career Exploration Series.
 
Cosponsored by Mayor Miner and the Women’s Commission, the series is offered at two middle schools each year. Over the course of two days, the girls engaged in small group discussions with professional women representing a variety of fields.
 
“The students can really get an idea of some of the careers that are available and what education is required to do these things,” Frazer Social Worker Joy Yoffa said. “The girls have been interested and asking intriguing questions!”
 
This year’s guests included a personal trainer, a SUNY ESF professor, a Nurse from Upstate Trauma Center, a hair stylist, a Syracuse Fire Department Lieutenant, a Syracuse City Court Judge, software engineers, marketing and IT experts, a social worker, lawyer, baker, Syracuse Police Department Deputy Chief and more.
 
“When I was in middle school, I felt like I didn’t belong,” Mayor Miner told the students. “As I got older, I realized that the things that make me different are what make me interesting. I hope you remember that – don’t try to be like anyone else.”
 
Students said the experience provided a valuable confidence boost as they think about their future.
 
“It taught me a lot of things, like that you can always improve and you don’t have to try to fit in,” Frazer sixth grader Gianna Threat said. “I enjoyed meeting the farmer, the Mayor and a scientist. I learned that it’s not always about money – it’s about being happy. I feel confident now that I can be a leader and that I’ll be successful no matter what I do.”
 
“It was fun,” Frazer eighth grader DD Dickerson said. “The doctor and lawyer are really what spoke to me, because I want to be a brain surgeon one day. This gave me a lot of confidence that I can do it.”
 
Thank you to Mayor Miner for engaging our young girls in such a positive experience to help them become #SCSDCareerReady!