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Photos: Sociedad Latina hosts day-long 'Work Readiness Conference'

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  April 26, 2013 02:38 PM

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Volunteer Noelani Guerrero of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP works with youth leader Geremy Rodriguez to edit his resume.

The following is an announcement from Sociedad Latina, a nonprofit youth development organization based in Mission Hill:

On Saturday April 13, Sociedad Latina hosted a day-long Work Readiness Conference attended by more than 50 volunteers representing more than 30 different employers, in fields ranging from finance and technology to education and architecture.

More than 100 Boston youth were in attendance to participate in mock interviews, resume reviews, and panels on issues such as diversity in the workplace, finding a mentor, and networking.

“At Sociedad Latina, we work every day to ensure youth in our community have multiple, flexible pathways to success that are built on their assets such as strong cultural identities and family supports,” says Alexandra Oliver-Davila, Executive Director of Sociedad Latina. “It is important to allow young people to define their own success and support them on their pathways by providing training, opportunities to connect with their cultures and communities, and access to networks such as this one. These young people are the future leaders of our city and I can’t wait to see all that they accomplish.”

“As a Latina who entered the consulting field without a strong network, I learned firsthand how difficult it is for Latino/a youth to break into the corporate workforce,” says Frances Schwiep of Analysis Group, Inc., who collaborated with Sociedad Latina staff to organize the conference. “My goal is that my involvement at Sociedad serves as evidence to Latino/a youth that their career aspirations can be wide, and that there are mentors with whom they can cultivate relationships as they learn about different professions.”

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Youth Leaders Kamal Mohammed and Isahiah Erilus at the networking event.

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Brian Doherty of Building Pathways Apprenticeship Program and Sociedad Latina youth leaders Luis Pineiro and Kamal Mohammed during a networking session.

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Volunteer Tony He of Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and Sociedad Latina youth leader Royanna Ellis-Shepard doing a mock interview.

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Emmanuel Ortega of ALPFA Cares & Wellington Management conducts a mock interview with youth leader Ana Calderon.

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