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Rutherford’s Youth Council hosts Career Workshop

Fontana Herald News | May 4, 2017

Starting high school is a big transition for students.

They are thrust into new, bigger schools with older students and larger classroom sizes. They have new teachers, new schedules, and more homework, and the question “What will I do after I graduate?” really starts to come into focus.

That’s why the members of San Bernardino County 2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutherford’s Youth Council, including students from Fontana A.B. Miller and Kaiser high schools in Fontana, decided to host a Career and High School Readiness Workshop for local 8th grade students recently.

“My Youth Council members know what it’s like for incoming freshmen, and they wanted to share their experiences with these young students so they can come into high school with a little more confidence,” Rutherford said.

More than 100 8th grade students attended the workshop at Vineyard Junior High School in Rancho Cucamonga, which featured one-one-one interaction between Youth Council members and middle school students.

Students also participated in career presentations by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Cucamonga Valley Water District, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and others.

“It was cool to interact with kids that will be coming to our high schools next year, and all of the presentations were so interesting and informative,” Youth Council member Sara Harvey said.

Rutherford formed the 2nd District Youth Council in 2016 to give motivated high school students in the district opportunities to assist in their community. Since the group’s inception, students have collected donations for local families, organized a community walk, helped assemble care packages for U.S. military members serving overseas, and conducted a 10-week kindness challenge with their peers.

Applications for the 2017 Youth Council are available on Rutherford’s website at or by calling Youth Council Coordinator Stephanie Rose at (909) 387-4833.

Applicants must live in the 2nd District (which includes the western part of Fontana) and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Youth Council members also have to provide their own transportation and need an e-mail address to communicate with their fellow members and the Youth Council coordinator.

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