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Job skills panel discussion for youth



Job skills panel discussion for youth

On Monday, June 27, Detroit-based design brand, watchmaker and leather goods manufacturer Shinola will join Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY) to host a special job skills panel discussion at the Shinola D.C. flagship store.

D.C. Deputy Mayor Brian T. Kenner will moderate the panel for an audience of more than 20 SBY youths, leading a discussion focused on job skills, leadership and preparing for success. The event will include a diverse panel of experts and notables:

  • Jacques Panis, Shinola president
  • Justin Anderson, Dallas Mavericks NBA player and Montrose Christian School graduate
  • Vildana “Sunni” Puric, WPGC 95.5FM radio personality and Detroit native
  • Charmia Carolina, Sasha Bruce Youthwork alumnus

The panelists will cover a range of topics and offer insight into their lives and careers, imparting wisdom and knowledge about the importance of education, handling success under pressureovercoming adversity, sharpening job skills and much more.

Job creation is at the heart of everything we do at Shinola,” says Panis. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to speak directly to a community of young people searching for both jobs and security. This panel discussion is the perfect platform to help educate D.C. youth about what Shinola looks for when we’re hiring everyone from factory workers to executives.”

The ongoing recession has hit poor families particularly hard, and in light of shrinking government support for workforce training for disconnected youth, this opportunity to offer professional development advice from business and entertainment leaders couldn’t have come at a better time,” adds Sasha Bruce Youthwork founder and executive director Deborah Shore. “Our panel discussion with Shinola is a model for for-profit and non-profit partnerships.”
Press Contact Arienne Thompson of MoKi Media: or 901.283.6360

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