LOS ANGELES, CA (November 19, 2012) – On Saturday, November 17, 2012, Southern California Edison’s Networkers Employee Resource Group honored City Youth Exposure (CYE) with a Certificate of Appreciation for being an outstanding support to youth within the community. CYE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Los Angeles, CA. With the mission to expose youth to people, places and things that they would not normally or easily experience in their daily lives, CYE was formed based on the discovery of how exposure is essential in the process of youth development. The program is dedicated to providing opportunities for youth to get exposed to supplemental opportunities where they can learn about their passions and explore new interests as they matriculate through traditional educational institutions.
To partake in CYE’s efforts of educating and empowering youth through exposure, the SCE Networkers hosted a public speaking workshop for CYE’s participants to help them learn to build confidence in public speaking and presentation skills. Networkers were surprised by every student’s willingness to participate and impressed with the group’s performance. The youth were thrilled to participate in the workshop after learning about public speaking and having their first opportunity to be on Edison’s grounds. By the end of the day, they were eager to return to Edison for another workshop and a tour of the facilities to learn about power generation.
Parents, board members and other CYE supporters who attended the event were very appreciative of the opportunity the SCE Networkers presented to CYE. A parent expressed her delight after her son won first place in the table topics portion of the event, “My son needed this. This will help build his confidence. I am proud of him and thankful that he had the opportunity to be a part of CYE.” Attendees also had the pleasure to meet special guest, multi-platinum R&B recording artist and songwriter, Brian McKnight, who made a surprise visit to show his support for CYE.
In addition to the award of appreciation, the SCE Networkers presented CYE with a grant to continue to provide opportunities for youth. CYE’s Executive Director, Layah Willis, expressed her appreciation, “I am truly thankful for everything the SCE Networkers has done for CYE. Their support means a lot to me and the board because our young people need the support from leaders and companies like the Networkers and SCE.” Steven Wellington, a SCE employee and CYE board champion, understands the impact such opportunities that come through CYE can have on youth, “By injecting students into environments that are normally inaccessible to them allows youth to be exposed to future possibilities for their lives. It is important that we show our youth how to extract the most from their experience in CYE in order to motivate them to realize their dreams and ambitions.”
Leaders of CYE expect to have another exciting and successful year in 2013, as they utilize the support from SCE and the community to impact the lives of underserved youth.
For more information about CYE and to donate, visit cityyouthexposure.org.