Annual Richmond youth summit to focus on STEM fields

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The Richmond Community Foundation’s (RCF) 8th annual youth summit is set to go all-out in its aim to connect young local residents to careers of the future.

The Summit on Children and Youth — a collaboration with the West Contra Costa Unified School District — is set to feature influential speakers, a college and career fair, and a resource village for students, teachers and parents on Wednesday, May 10 at Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., brings under one roof educators, community organizations and leaders, government and elected officials, businesses, and area foundations from throughout Northern California to develop innovative approaches to supporting the development of local youth.

This year’s summit (see the full agenda here) is focused on inspiring young people to acquire the skills needed for jobs of the future, particularly in STEM fields. Not only will professional adults help guide youth toward lucrative careers, but local businesses will be offered education on how to create win-win situations when providing opportunities to youth.

“The transition of our communities from economies focused on manufacturing to economies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields has changed how we build our next generation workforce,” organizers said in a statement. “The benefits of this changing economy have been unevenly distributed across labor markets and the disparity has affected urban, minority communities disproportionately.”

The May 10 Summit will feature a career fair and resource village during its late afternoon and evening segments. The fair will include workshops in networking, interviewing, writing cover letters and building your personal brand.

In addition, a roster of inspiring guest speakers is expected, including The Education Trust-West Executive Director Ryan J. Smith; Robin D. Lopez, a research associate at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory; and WCCUSD Superintendent Matt Duffy.

For more information, go here.