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Power Authority Gives Students Glimpse of the Business World

Sobeida Cruz

July 14, 2006


WHITE PLAINS - The New York Power Authority (NYPA) invited 10th-and 11th-graders from the White Plains Youth Bureau to its administrative offices in White Plains on Friday to see firsthand what the business world is all about.

This is the third year that NYPA and the Youth Bureau have joined forces for the mentoring session, which gives the students a glimpse of different professions, including engineering, accounting, marketing, law and public relations.  Power Authority employees speak to the students about how they got where they are today.

“These students greatly benefit from events like this one, where they receive good advice from people with established careers,” said Rita Curro, Youth Bureau program director.  “These programs give the students a sense of attainability and promise for their futures, and we thank the Power Authority and its employees for their support and guidance.”

The White Plains Youth Bureau coordinates programs for adolescents, including youth employment services and day camps.

Lauren Pera, associate account executive in NYPA’s Marketing, Economic Development and Supply Planning Department, was leery when asked to be a mentor for a day.  “But it was challenging and rewarding to address these young people,” she said.

Christopher Copeland, an account executive in the same department, said, “It was gratifying to meet these youngsters and share some of the formative experiences I’ve had over the years, including graduating from Morehouse College in Atlanta. Hopefully, we reinforced the importance of college and gave the kids greater awareness of different professions.”

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