National Urban League Success Video
August 24, 2019
The Rochester community is facing a number of major issues. We are one of the highest cities in terms of the poverty rate. We also have high crime, and we also have our Rochester City School District where our students are not graduating on time. Some of the programs that we address include providing young adults 18-24 with workforce development services. These services focus specifically on tasks helping them get their general equivalency diploma. We also work with youth in terms of in-demand occupations, career exploration, as well as providing them with the support services they need in order for them to be economically self-sufficient. I think it means a lot to us that we have Kuder. I think the whole program and the way it’s designed is user-friendly, and you’ll see the students that are enrolled in Kuder are really making headways to think about career options, college choices that are in line with what they’re interested in and what their skill sets are. [CLASS DISCUSSION] I need you to grab a computer because you’re going to work on your assessments. I think our kids are not necessarily exposed to the gamut of jobs and professions that are out there, and Kuder allows them to take virtual tours and see what are some of their possibilities that I don’t think that they’re necessarily confronted with in their everyday communities that they live in. I think a lot of my students – they have a hard time with self-esteem, with what they can actually do, and just being able to express themselves and who they are. So really taking those interests assessments to see what they want to do when they graduate from high school – it really helps them just become empowered in that sense, and understand “This is who I am, this is what I do, this is where I want to be, and I know what I need to do to get there.” So really, advocating for themselves. My favorite part of the Kuder system is when they gave me my three – top three career choices and it was kind of spot on to what I wanted to do when I get older. It’s important to have hope for the future because you always want to strive to do your best to be the best person that you can be and I have hope for the future because I know that coming to this program and going to school will help me get to where I wanna be when I get older.