Michelle Nunn Meets Volunteers

Michelle Nunn Meets Volunteers, Leaders & Participants Of Georgia Based Youth Leadership Program That Provides Opportunities For Kids & Brings Local Communities Together

MichelleNunn logo_smNunn Highlights Organization That Partners With Local Businesses and Schools To Get Kids To Reach Their Full Potential By Providing Tutoring And Workforce Training

NUNN: “Everyday, Georgians like those here – local business leaders, educators, families and private citizens – are coming together to build a better economy and future for our kids.”

ATLANTA, GA — Today, Michelle Nunn, former CEO of the Points of Light Foundation and candidate for U.S. Senate, met with volunteers and leaders of the Star of Georgia Foundation, a community based volunteer organization dedicated to providing assistance and support to underprivileged youth. Nunn and the leadership spoke about the various programs that the organization offers to teach skills that are helping enable young people to reach their full potential and create a workforce for the 21st century.

“For the last two decades in the civic sector, I have seen how individuals working together can accomplish extraordinary things that lift themselves and their communities up and create opportunities for those around them. I see that right here at Star of Georgia. Everyday, Georgians like those here – local business leaders, educators, families and private citizens – are coming together to build a better economy and future for our kids. We need more of that collaborative, hands-on spirit Washington, and this organization’s success is yet another example of what Washington can learn from Georgia.”

Michelle NunnNunn talked to leaders and participants involved with the Star of Georgia Foundation who explained how they work to bridge the opportunity divide by providing programs and mentorship that give youth the skills, experience, and support that will help empower them to reach their full potential in higher education and professional careers. The organization focuses not only on academic tutoring, but on developing the soft skills that youth need to successfully negotiate life after high school – skills like interpersonal communication, proper interview techniques, and salary negotiation.

Nunn noted that across the country, 39% of employers have open positions that they cannot fill because the pool of potential employees lacks the skills necessary to fulfill the available jobs, according to a survey by Manpower Inc. Organizations like Star of Georgia are helping to fill that gap.

Nunn was joined by Marian Jeter and her son Kabral, 14, who is currently enrolled in the program.  During their conversation, Kabral told Nunn that his interests included physics and public policy.

“When you talk to a 14-year-old who says that they are fascinated by physics and public policy, it gives you a real sense of hope and possibility,” said Nunn.  “It also provides you with a sense of determination.  We need to provide our kids with the very best career and educational opportunities that give them the skills businesses desire in a 21st century economy.”

Nunn has been highlighting innovative organizations in Georgia that are working to close the skills gap and prepare our workforce for the 21st century economy. Recently, Nunn toured and met with students and alumni of the acclaimed job training program Year Up, where Nunn laid out a number of ways she would fight to create a better-trained workforce and close the skills gap.

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