Right next to the venerable City Hall with William Penn watching down from his perch, students from the Keystone, Woodland, Philadelphia, Red Rock and Wilmington Job Corps Centers put on an amazing display that demonstrated what young people can do. Not only did the show exhibit dancing talent, it allowed students to provide information on all the great things occurring at Job Corps. Between performances, the students distributed information and talked to onlookers.
Desmond Bocchus, an Electrical student from Keystone, was thrilled to be involved. He said, “I really enjoyed showing people what Job Corps is all about, the good place it is. The dance and when we talked to everyone afterwards helped to promote how great Job Corps [is]. It really has helped me and I hope today it showed many people how it could be a good choice for them.” When asked about the dance itself he said, “I’m an all right dancer but as we came together we made each other look better. Not only was the dance great but meeting students from other Job Corps was really special. It is fun meeting new people.”
Kelly King, Center Director at Keystone was one of the planners for the event. She said of the outcome, “Everyone assisted and cooperated and you can see that in the result. We have amazing students that represented our program very well. Thanks to all who made the day a success.”
Of course, an event like this just does not come off without an enormous amount of planning. Then the coordination began with the City of Philadelphia and all the participants, Department of Labor, Pennsylvania Outreach and Admissions, Philadelphia, Keystone, Red Rock, Wilmington, and Woodland Job Corps. After working out the details the participating students practiced the routine for many hours. Final details were worked out, and when the big day arrived everyone was ready.