Boys2Men 2013
On Saturday, June 29th WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work) hosted foster youth from agency partner Orangewood Children’s Foundation at a Boys2Men Event to help prepare the young men to confidently enter the workforce. The day included a motivational presentation by a former foster youth and a workshop focused on job seeking skills such as networking, interviewing, resume creation and professional etiquette.
The Bascom Group of Irvine generously supplied a selection of suits and ties for the youth to choose from with David Kim, Bascom’s Managing Partner and Paul Diamond, Senior Vice President of Operations, personally shopping for the event. Each youth spent time with two business professionals who volunteered to spend the morning helping them put together an interview appropriate ensemble. The volunteers, who are encouraged to share their own stories with the youth, planted precious seeds of hope and inspiration. The event ended with an opportunity for each young man to show off his new look and share with the group his career aspirations and goals.
In California 65% of foster youth emancipate without a place to live, 51% are unemployed within 2-4 years of emancipation and 70% of all state prison inmates were in foster care. Boy2Men was created to help the at-risk youth attain and sustain gainful employment at the most critical time in their lives.
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