During this series of presentations, students asked questions, signed up and applied for programs, and networked with the representatives. The College and Career Fair is an annual event that permits Civicorps students to explore different career options as they prepare to graduate and earn their high school diploma.
Thursday, March 29th 2018, Civicorps students in partnership with The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, performed Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream.” 12 students went on stage in front of a crowd of family, staff, donors, and volunteers to showcase their acting skills and bravery. We are so proud of them!
Join Civicorps students, in partnership with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, for a FREE production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Nine students will perform at the Lakeside Park Garden Center on Thursday, March 29th at 7:30pm.
For 10 weeks, students have been attending workshops and learning about character development through acting exercises. Students created their characters by connecting with personal life experiences.
“With each rehearsal I become less shy. This is a great play and I love the creativity!”
– Lorretta, Civicorps Student playing “Helena”
Every year Civicorps puts on an Annual College and Career Fair in order to expose our students to different college and career opportunities in high-demand industries in Oakland.
This year, we invited representatives from: Laney College, University of California at Berkeley, Tech Exchange, Centro Legal, The Town Kitchen, US Army, and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
“It was important for me to find people to talk about their passions, why they chose their career path, and what kind of education requirements they needed to get there,” said Matt Norona, Career Counselor. “We wanted students to be able to have small, intimate conversations with someone actually in the field they might be interested in.”
Civicorps alum, Bradon, kicked off the fair by talking about how he leveraged his Civicorps training to secure a career with Alameda County Public Works Agency. Bradon’s supervisor, Henry, attended the fair and was moved to speak about the value of a Civicorps education.
“I have to shout out the importance of this program – the importance of having Civicorps on your resume – that makes a difference,” said Henry. “Keep moving forward. Get all the training and certificates that you can. On paper, Bradon was the ideal candidate because of Civicorps.”
Throughout the day, students navigated through small group discussions in classrooms with the college and career representatives and had the opportunity to ask questions and exchange contact information.
Students earned raffle tickets for attending the presentations and for dressing in professional attire. At the end of the fair, a drawing was held and two students won brand new Chromebook computers, while four others received gift cards and college-branded hoodies.
“I never really thought I could go to UC Berkeley,” said one student, “but now that I know that other people with hardships like me have gone there – that’s where I want to go.”
“Seeing the auditorium packed full of family and friends, it hit me – it’s finally happening – I’m graduating!” – Civicorps graduate
Our relationship with these grads doesn’t end when they receive their diplomas. We continue to assist them with college applications, resume building, and connecting them with family-sustaining careers.