Girl Scout organizes career expo for young women
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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by Leslie Richardson (staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org)
Published: November 22, 2010
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Young women had the opportunity to find out about career options during an expo organized by a 16-year-old Girl Scout on Sunday at First United Methodist Church.
Valerie Glunz, Orwigsburg, organized "Building Success: A Young Woman's College and Career Expo," as a step in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.
"I think there is a lack of knowledge with young girls about the amount of strong career women in Schuylkill Haven. I don't think anything like this was done before and it is an opportunity for girls my age to hear about different career options."
Glunz said she began organizing the event months ago and went to Joanne Parulis, executive director of Schuylkill County's VISION, who helped her make the contacts she needed to set up the expo.
"She gave me community and media contacts and I contacted guidance counselors, colleges and other professional women asking them to be a part of the expo. When I had that taken care of, I contacted schools and put up flyers announcing the expo and I had 43 girls sign up to attend today," Glunz said.
About 20 career women participated to speak with the young women about their careers.
Each woman set up a table display and had a chance to address the girls one-on-one and through short speeches about what they do for a living.
Speakers included Elaine Maneval, Schuylkill Mall marketing director; Dr. Bernice Machamer, optometrist; Kim Breiner, cosmetologist, and the Rev. Sunny Stock, pastor of Christ Church, McKeansburg.
"Young girls at this age don't know what they want to do. I was there," Sheila Deibert, owner of Sheila's Floral Gallery, Orwigsurg, said Sunday. "I am hoping they get something out of this from people who have gone through it."
"I think the girls may find that some of the careers are different than they think," Dr. Denise Jones, Brunswick Animal Hospital, Orwigsburg, said. "It's nice to have so many different options at one location."
Maggie Burkhardt, 17, of Orwigsburg, was hoping to get career information.
"For someone who might not know what she wants to do, this will be good to see what options are out there," she said.
Parulis said VISION filmed the expo and with Glunz and some of the other girls' help, it will be produced and edited and used on the VISION website as a teaching tool.
Young women unable to attend Sunday's event will have the opportunity to view the information presented.
"We are focusing on women and career goals and how to become strong female leaders," Parulis said.
The Girl Scout Gold Award symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning and personal development, and is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.
"Valerie has been in Girl Scouting since kindergarten and we really had a wonderful journey with so many activities," Connie Glunz, Valerie's mother, said.
"Today is bittersweet," she addeed. "I am very proud but it is a capstone on the end of so many wonderful experiences. It is so nice to see her friends helping her with this, as she will do for them.
They are very young to be expected to make a decision as to what ... to do with their life and they don't always have the chance to have much exposure to opportunities they may not be aware of. Many of these women are seen as role models to Valerie and other girls and maybe today it will spark thoughts of other options."