The Warrenville Youth & Family Services (WYFS) Link Mentoring program recently held a career fair that featured volunteers from the community. According to Grace Harrington, WYFS teacher, the main goal of the fair was to expose students to different careers by allowing them to meet community members from a variety of jobs and workplaces. Community volunteers representing multiple different careers were invited to set up booths, bring materials to help engage the students and be available to answer questions about their job.

Through volunteers’ participation, the students learned about a variety of career paths and received job advice. One student said, “It was a good experience. There were a lot of people teaching about a bunch of different jobs. We learned a lot and it was interesting. It was cool to have a lot of different careers there. The roofer (Morgan Roofing), police officer (Aurora University) and firefighter (Warrenville Fire Department) were most interesting to me.”

Other careers featured included realtor (Coldwell Banker), social worker (Bethany Christian Services), personal trainer (BF Fitness), ranger (DuPage County Forest Preserve), chemical engineer (EcoLab) and chiropractor (DuPage Family Wellness).

One mentor, Marilyn, said she and her student were impressed by the fair. “I appreciated the wide range of careers presented,” she said. “The presenters were very kind and patient with the students. Congratulations on a wonderful job! The youth benefited greatly, as did the mentors.”

Career Fair Community Volunteer Todd Canney remarked, “I had a lot of fun at the career fair. I have never been a part of something like that and was honored to volunteer. It was very organized, the people running the event were great and the kids were even better. I hope the kids enjoyed it as much as I did.”