Volunteers sought in Schenectady for program for youths

Sunday, January 26, 2014
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— Volunteers, sponsors and attendees are being sought for “Life Unplugged,” an event that teaches high school students about planning for the future.

The free event, sponsored by the Schenectady Business and Professional Women’s Club, will be held Saturday, March 8, at Schenectady County Community College. There will be morning and afternoon sessions, and lunch is included.

All high school students are welcome.

At “Life Unplugged,” students will select an occupation they think they would like to have as an adult. They will then be given a checking account ledger containing the amount equivalent to the average monthly salary in that occupation. The students will then visit 15 booths where they will spend their salary on the necessities and luxuries they envision as part of their adult lifestyle. This exercise will help students learn whether their selected occupation will provide the financial resources needed to support the type of lifestyle they want.

The goals of the program are: To help students learn basic skills in financial planning, goal-setting, decision-making and career planning; to clarify the need for young women and men to examine their attitudes about their futures and their career expectations; and to motivate students to stay in school, stay away from drugs and avoid pregnancy.

The deadline to volunteer for the program or to sponsor it is Sat., Feb. 1. Student applications are due by Feb. 14. For more information, visit or contact Kim Bellizzi at or 859-8254. Sponsorship, volunteering and student application forms can be found on the website.

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