drew_martinezshannon_2010by Drew Martinez
Leadership Giving Director

Shannon Harmon
Leadership Giving Director

As part of the 21st Annual Day of Caring, United Way of Salt Lake’s Leadership Circle, Women’s Leadership Council, and Young Leaders joined forces to inspire students at Granite Park Jr. High by participating in career presentations. There were a variety of careers represented, from bankers to IT professionals, but all the presentations were full of words of encouragement and inspiration. Career presentations share a variety of career options to help students broaden their ideas of what types of careers are available to them if they do well in school.

Below are some quotes from participants describing this inspirational volunteer project:

“This makes me want to try harder on getting good grades.” –Student at Granite Park Jr. High

“It was great to see the student’s interest in career paths and the steps necessary to prepare for their careers. The school has so many great signs and slogans encouraging career preparation, including charts saying how much money they can plan to make based on their level of education.” –Rick Widener, Leadership Circle

“I was thrilled that over half of the students I spoke to had already identified career goals that would require post-high school education, most of them college degrees. Even those not in that college-bound group had a clear sense of what jobs they did not want to have, so that made them open to preparing for other paths. It feels as if together, we are changing the thinking of the students to make better lifetime choices.” –Melisse Grey, WLC Member

“It was amazing! Thank you so much for the opportunity to enlighten children’s lives!” –Jamie Matheny, Young Leaders Member

Thank you everyone in our Donor Networks who participated in this great Day of Caring volunteer project! You truly LIVE UNITED!