Date(s) - 09/14/2014
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Vecinos de South Pasadena has served the South Pasadena Community for the past 11 years through educational advocacy and cultural events. The Vecinos y Amigos, 1st Annual Career and Art Fair, organized by the Education Committee of Vecinos de South Pasadena, will integrate cultural and educational components that will highlight the rich diversity in our community both professionally and through art. The career fair is a family oriented event open to the entire South Pasadena community.
One of the issues that Vecinos has highlighted is the opportunity gap for minority youth. The purpose of our event is providing young students in our community the opportunity to meet Latino/a professionals from different fields and ignite our students’ imaginations about different post-secondary paths that they might want to pursue. Professionals of all backgrounds are welcome to participate in the career fair. We want to promote the rich diversity that makes us stronger and potentially help youth develop a vision for their future, both as individuals and as members of a larger community. Through this exposure, youth and community members may learn from and better understand the diversity of professions that exist and what it might require to attain professional goals.
The career fair is also a festive event, taking place two days before Mexican Independence Day and at the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which officially begins on
the 15th of September and continues until the 15th of October. There will be folklorico dancers, papel picado, face painting and art workshops. Through art we highlight both culture and creativity. Creativity and innovation are skills that the changing economy and workplace demands. Also, the processes entailed in creative expressions are highly transferable to diverse professions. The event further offers opportunities to support and speak to local artists, learn from their insights and display their artwork.
We feel this event will highlight the richness of the South Pasadena Community, provide potential role models for youth and community members, strengthen our collective tapestry and celebrate as we learn from one another.