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Growing Real Opportunities in the Workforce (G.R.O.W.) seeks to inspire young people by introducing career options to help them discover and cultivate their distinctive talents.Through interactive media, mentorship, and providing professional opportunities we assist individuals to discover their full potential, hone their specific skills, and support them in contributing their gifts to society’s economic health.
Can you remember what it felt like to be a teenager struggling to figure out what you wanted to do with your life? A large percentage of young adults are overwhelmed by the fear, pressure, and anxiety that comes in choosing their career paths. In disadvantaged communities youth are typically blind to the possibilities for their lives, and only rarely have the additional guidance needed to identify their unique gifts.
These factors may compound to cause mental health issues such as depression, violent crime, and increased dropout rates. High?need students are matched with beleaguered high school guidance counselors, who on average are responsible for 854 students each. In high? poverty districts, or rural areas, this ratio climbs to a staggering 1,440 to 1. Scholar, J.R. Stone identified career guidance as an important element of keeping students in school.
G.R.O.W. helps solve this problem through a unique, multi?phase process of self?discovery, career exploration, and gaining skills important for accomplishing career goals. The result is empowered youth who are in a position to take ownership of their education, careers, and futures.