On April 13 at the Speed Interviewing event, Rotarians conducted mock one-on-one interviews with students…and then provided feedback and general advice. “This [was] a great chance to support students as they put their learning into practice,” said Sarah Lechner, training coordinator for Open Meadow’s program. Six Rotarians participated, including PPRC Vocational Service Director Yelena Girich, at the event held in downtown Portland at the Marriott Courtyard hotel.
Three days later six Rotarians contributed an hour of volunteer service at the Networking Fair, this time at the Northwest Natural conference room. The event operates like s standard job fair, only in reverse. Job seekers present at their own booths, while potential employers circle the room to meet the candidates and offer feedback. Students, many about to enter college for the first time, shared career plans ranging from health care to human resources, from computer networking to automotive services.
“This was (most) valuable and much appreciated by the students at Open Meadow,” said Yelena. “I myself felt very proud to be part of our group that represented Pearl Rotary.”
PPRC’s outreach to Open Meadow includes tutoring Step-Up students at Madison High School, funding camperships at Step Up, volunteering for clean-up projects at the school site, and inviting students to club events like Przybilla Blocks Polio and the April 28 Intel museum vocational tour.
Photo Caption; Pearl Rotarians volunteered their knowledge of interviewing and job skills at two Open Meadow school events through its Career Connections program.