Students participating in mock interviews for Project Ready were expected to show up at the Fort Wayne Urban League on Tuesday dressed nicely and armed with résumés and a firm handshake.
The exercise was part of the employment series of Project Ready, a program offered through the national Urban League that helps students prepare for life, career or college after high school graduation, said Kamilah McClendon, the program’s local coordinator.
The series included how to write a résumé, what questions might be asked during an interview and how to answer them and how to dress appropriately.
“We ended up having a 45-minute discussion on why you shouldn’t wear (Air) Jordans (shoes) to a job interview,” she said, laughing.
More than 70 students in grades six through 12 are participating in this year’s program, which is funded with a grant from the national Urban League and with help from the United Way of Allen County, McClendon said.
McClendon said she has a passion for Project Ready especially when she sees the program really touch the life of a young person. She mentioned a particularly shy student who ended up winning a $5,000 scholarship by making a video.
McClendon also hopes she can touch students’ lives through her own experience. At 34, she’s returning to college to earn her degree. “I wasn’t ready for college socially. That affected my experience, and I ended up dropping out … I want them to know why it’s important for them to take opportunities while they’re still young and have fewer responsibilities,” she said.
The program is always looking for volunteers to mentor students, McClendon said. Those interested should contact McClendon or John Foster at 745-3100.
•Bishop Luers High School is hosting an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday . All interest families are welcome to attend this event. Information will be available about clubs, sports, financial aid and more. Tours will be conducted and all teachers and staff will be available. For more information, call the admissions office at 456-1261.
•Northrop PTSA is hosting a College & Career Night for all area middle and high school students from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Northrop High School. Area colleges and universities, scholarship organizations, local businesses and the military will be available distributing information to families. Workshops will also be available on topics like dual-credit courses, preparing for college, taking college entrance exams and graduation requirements.
•The Wellness Center will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Schaefer Center gymnasium, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. To schedule an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org, click Make a Blood Donation Appointment, and enter sponsor code INT with the date, or contact Amy Richardville at 422-5561 ext. 2427.
•The university will host a diversity showcase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walb Student Union Ballroom on Thursday. The showcase will feature more than 40 “active exhibits” from offices, departments, schools, and colleges across campus, reflecting diversity initiatives that have been or currently are under way.
•The Visiting Writer Series continues this fall with a visit from poet James Bradley on Tuesday. Bradley will read from his works at 3 p.m. in Walb Student Union, Room G21–G21-A.
•Campus Ministry at Saint Francis will host Christian Hip-Hop Nite in the North Campus auditorium at 2702 Spring St., at 7 p.m. Friday. The event is open to the public, and admission is $5. Students and staff will be admitted free with ID.