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Poverty Reduction Initiative Saturday Special Offers Help for Job Seekers October 18


Realizing Your Potential to Get Hired will be the focus of a Saturday Special hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) October 18 in Traverse City. The event is being presented by Northwest Michigan Works! and Goodwill Industries, along with other collaborating agencies, and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the TBAISD Career-Tech Center located at 880 Parsons Road. Check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m.

“This event is a safe learning environment for attendees to practice putting their best self forward in looking for employment,” said Sakura Raftery, Director of Workforce Development, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan. "We will provide a hands-on experience related to seeking work and have resources available to break down barriers to employment.”

The Saturday Special will include information to help people discover their strengths, create an employment pitch, take charge of their job search, and explore the job market. There will also be local employers and information booths hosted by a variety of community agencies.

“Knowing your strengths is the first step in tackling the job searching process,” said Wendy Roberts of Northwest Michigan Works. “It would be impossible to write a cover letter, résumé, or have a successful interview without knowing all of the positive things you have to offer the employer. We’re going to help people realize their potential.”

There is no cost to attend the event which includes free lunch and daycare. There will also be door prizes such as gas cards and discount coupons. 

The Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative is a community-driven, collaborative effort to reduce poverty in the Traverse Bay region. The program was born out of the Poverty Summit, held in February 2004, in which 225 area residents joined together to address the issue of poverty. The Poverty Reduction Initiative consists of representatives from local businesses, public and government agencies, and concerned citizens. PRI is bringing the power of collective knowledge and energy together to prevent and reduce poverty by Inspiring, Advocating, and Connecting through convening community dialogue and incubating programs.

The nineteenth Saturday Special is sponsored by the PRI Education & Training Workgroup, Traverse Bay Intermediate School District (TBAISD), Northwest Michigan Works!, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA), Members Credit Union, Department of Human Services, Father Fred Foundation, Area Agency on Aging, United Way of Northwest Michigan, and Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.


Space is limited. To reserve a spot call 231-590-0100.


See photos of a previous Saturday Special event.




Related info:  Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative  |  PRI Saturday Specials


Northwest Michigan Works! is an essential resource for employers and job seekers in the Northern Michigan area.

Kathy Stuart, Michigan Rubber Products Human Resource Manager