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Uplift Leadership workshop will help youth gain the job readiness skills that were lost during the pandemic. 

Students in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District are invited to learn how to build a fulfilling and sustainable career through a one-day interactive workshop.

On Wednesday, July 27, young professionals age 16-26 can attend the first annual Career Summit hosted by Uplift Leadership, a Lake Oswego-based company that strives to create opportunities in education and employment for underserved communities. The workshop invites people who are college-bound, finishing up school, early in their career or seeking employment.

Officials say that due to the pandemic and distance learning for two years, there have been many lingering impacts on youth regarding professional development and career training.

"Our primary motivation (to start this event) is the fact that so many young people in high school and in college have been restricted the last few years in terms of opportunities to advance themselves professionally," said Kyle Kavas, Uplift founder.

The interactive summit intends to teach youth about the workforce — from finding a job to building a fulfilling and sustainable career.

"For a lot of schools, it's all about covering those basics — math, science, English — and it's not necessarily about thinking about what you want to do for a living (but about) building life skills or building professional skills. So we really wanted to create an opportunity where young people could come together and brainstorm on their future," Kavas said.

During the workshop, participants will engage in interactive exercises and hands-on activities designed for every type of learner. Discussions and activities will be led by local business leaders who will incorporate work-life simulations, mock interviews and other valuable tools like making cover letters or building a network.

Interested applicants can register at uplifeleadership.org through July 25. The program is $50, but Kavas said there are scholarship opportunities to make the event accessible for any student who may need financial assistance.

"Our goal is for (each participant) to leave the summit knowing more about themselves as a leader, as a team member and then also what direction they might go," Kavas said. "If we can have them walk out of the summit, saying: 'Here's the three things that I might want to do one day,' then we've done our job."

If you go

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, July 27

Where: Willamette University, 900 State St., Salem

More: upliftleadership.org/career-summit


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