HAMPTON, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) teamed up with the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development for the 6th annual Youth Career Expo, Feb. 10, at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton.
Lincoln Sailors, 35 in all, helped navigate over 3,000 high school junior and seniors from 25 high schools in the Hampton Roads area throughout the Expo and also conducted one-on-one mock interviews with the students to help prepare them for future job searches.
During the mock interviews students were given advice on proper attire, behavior during the interviews and tips for writing a better resume.
"I really wish I had an opportunity like this when I grew up," said Machinist's Mate 1st Class Jericho Garcia, a Lincoln volunteer. "These kids have an amazing opportunity and it seems like they are really eager to learn."
The Youth Career Expo helps prepare students for graduation and life after school, according to Rita Bond, the organizer of the Youth Career Expo. Bond added that the program helps students understand some of the job opportunities available to them within the community.
"This program is really important because it shows these young adults all the amazing work opportunities they have right here in their backyards," said Bond. "They can make connections with future employers here and potentially have the opportunity to work in the community they grew up in."
Because of Lincoln's involvement with local science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with area elementary and middle schools, event officials were able to utilize a large number of Lincoln Sailors to volunteer at the event.
"The military is so important to this area," said Bond. "So when these kids get to spend time with all these Lincoln Sailors, it really shows them what caring people we have serving our country."
This was Lincoln's first year involved with the Expo, but helping out the education system in Hampton Roads has been a continuous effort since Lincoln arrived in the area in August 2012.
"It's always a great feeling when we have a turnout like this," said Lt. Stephen Haggard, one of Lincoln's volunteers. "I really enjoy giving back to the community and especially knowing that I'm helping young adults."
Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington-Ingalls Industries in Newport News.
Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo an RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation's defense.
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