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Massey speaks at Youth Job Readiness Program’s graduation ceremony in Edgefield County

August 27, 2018

The first impression you make will determine if you get the opportunity to make a second impression.

That was the message delivered by S.C. Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, to a group of teenagers during the recent graduation ceremony for the Edgefield County Youth Empowerment Center’s Youth Job Readiness Program.

Massey was the event’s keynote speaker.

Participants in the four-week Youth Job Readiness program ranged from 14 to 18 years of age. They had the opportunity to learn a variety of skills involving problem solving, teamwork, job interviews, critical thinking and conflict resolution.

“Young people who understand the magnitude of things like teamwork and conflict resolution are better prepared to excel in the workforce, regardless of their career path or chosen industry,” said Youth Empowerment Center CEO Marcella Edwards. “When you do a search for ‘What Employers Want,’ you do not see high test scores anywhere on job descriptions. Are you able to work effectively in a team and do you have the ability to make decisions and solve problems? Those are the skills employers most want when they are recruiting employees.”

Edwards added that the speech by Massey was “very ‘impactful’ for our youth.”

She also thanked the families of the graduates, clergy, Trenton Mayor Wilbur Y. Padgett Jr., Edgefield County Council members and representatives of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice.

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