BRISTOL - Around 40 youth and their parents attended the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center’s Careers for Cambridge program, designed to help them achieve their career goals.
The program was launched in the fall of 2017 at the club’s Cambridge Park Clubhouse located within the public housing on Davis Drive, explained Sarah Lucian, the club’s marketing manager.
The program is designed to educate youth and parents on different career paths and ways to overcome obstacles when pursuing their dreams by featuring guest speakers that share their experiences in pursuing their career goals, and how participants can do the same, she said.
The guest speaker at Tuesday’s session was Scott Rosado, who grew up in Cambridge Park and now owns M&R Homecare of Forestville and Primo Press in Waterbury, a screen printing company.
“Now, I know, I didn’t come in here talking about what my business does or how it functions day to day, and the how cool it is to own a business,” Rosado said to program participants in the Cambridge Park’s Community Room. “I came because one of my dreams is to work with our younger generation of today.”
“I strongly believe that you are the children of our future. You are the ones to make a difference. Look in the mirror, gain that sense of confidence within yourselves, respect yourself, as others will notice your ability to make change,” he continued. “Don’t be afraid to take chances, if you get knocked down, stand tall and rise up, make no excuses for your decisions.”
Rosado brought all participants a custom made t-shirt from his screen printing company that read, “No Excuses,” and there are two parts to that phrase.
The first part, he explained to participants, is that not knowing about a career path and having zero skills, is not an excuse to not work hard and pursue their dreams, she said.
Secondly, he said to participants, is beneficial excuses, such as excusing oneself from a party to do a science project, are valid and should not be apologized for, she said.
At the end of each session the participants enjoy dinner prepared by the club’s parent volunteer group at Cambridge Park, the La Familia Club, she said.
Each session features a different guest speaker, and past guest speakers have included a police officer, barber, bank manager and cosmetologist, Lucian added.
Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at 860-973-5088 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.