At the beginning of the month, 100 Chicago youth gathered for orientation to kick off One Summer Chicago. One Summer Chicago is a program that works to start justice involved youth down the road to career success. The participants hold down a 25 hour a week job and attend career skills workshops throughout the summer.
For many, orientation was their first exposure to the day to day necessities for success. The students learned about filling out the forms for their jobs. They also heard lectures about the important everyday steps to success, including being on time and accountability.
Throughout the day the students were given a lot of information, making relating everything to their own lives difficult at best. Helping the youth with the complicated task of translating the day’s information into a meaningful takeaway isn’t an easy assignment. Despite this, John Fakhoury President and CEO of Framework Communications did an outstanding job.
John Fakhoury, pictured here at the YOS Spring Soirée in May 2014
John’s seminar helped the youth prepare for the summer ahead. At one memorable point John asked them to define success. He used their definitions to show them how the little things such as accountability and not selling themselves short will move the participants towards the success they want in their lives.
Through John’s talk the students were able to apply the information in their orientation packets to their own situations. Prevention Program Manager Tasha Quinn was impressed with how much the students related to John. He helped them see that working hard on the things they can control will help lead them towards success. The students were actively listening, sharing stories from their own lives and genuinely relating to John and his message.
It was a great start to One Summer Chicago. Thanks to John for his great talk and best of luck this summer to all the participants.