Indiana University Northwest, in conjunction with the Center of Workforce Innovations and 21st Century Scholars, will host approximately 485 students from various high schools across Northwest Indiana at the University’s 2007 Youth Summit on Feb. 7. As part of this exciting event, students will attend the acclaimed presentation Making Your College Search Count, sponsored by the Monster.com educational subsidiary Making It Count.
Also, students will have the opportunity to consider future careers. More than 20 area companies will have representatives on hand to speak with students and explain what skills and education are necessary to work for those organizations. And IU Northwest faculty members, along with representatives from Learn More Indiana and CareerCruising.com, will make career presentations, as well.
This fourth annual Youth Summit at IU Northwest runs from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the Savannah Center. There will be four separate Making It Count presentations during the day to accommodate the large number of students scheduled to attend. When not participating in sessions, students will have the opportunity to complete an assignment by asking three career-related questions of the company exhibitors on hand at the event.
“The questions are: What skills are needed to work at that company; what education is needed to work at that company, and what is the future of that company,” said Tedgena Stoops, director of occupational development at IU Northwest. “The companies know that these are the questions the students are supposed to be asking them. The students have a little card they have to fill out with the answers.”
Stoops said the Youth Summit isn’t just for students. Admissions officials and other representatives from IU Northwest, 21st Century Scholars and elsewhere will address high school guidance counselors and other participating education professionals on issues relating to college admissions.
“When we first started this ... there was nothing for the counselors to do,” Stoops said. “When we asked for feedback, they told us that if they were going to come to this, they wanted to have something for them, as well, presentations or something that related to them professionally. We asked them what topics they’d like to hear discussed, they told us, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Although the program Making Your College Search Count typically is geared toward high school juniors, this year’s Youth Summit will host students from all four grade levels. By including underclassmen, Stoops said, the summit’s organizers hope to expose the younger students to positive feedback from older students who have made the decision to attend college and who may have already begun the search process.
The one-hour Making Your College Search Count program addresses every aspect of the college search, from visiting schools to the application process. It helps students develop a working plan that makes the selection process manageable.
In addition to the career and college-search workshops, students will participate in feedback sessions that allow them to voice their opinions about the Youth Summit and about the information they received during the day. For students, Stoops said, this typically is the event’s most highly regarded segment.
High schools that are scheduled to participate in the 2007 Youth Summit at IU Northwest include Hammond Gavit, Hammond Morton, Gary Lew Wallace, Gary Roosevelt, and East Chicago Central in Lake County, and Morgan Township and Washington Township in Porter County. Hammond Gavit is expected to bring its entire freshman class to the program.