While seeing the united team at work made an impression, our participants especially enjoyed the chance they had to talk one-on-one with staff members as our day approached an end. Over a selection of snacks, First Place youth were able to have relaxed conversations with pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, and others. This offered them the freedom to ask specific questions about the roles that most interested them and hear honest answers about the skills they need for success in that path.
United’s Employee Assistance Program Regional Manager, Louis Buchhold, was among those who offered valuable advice during a final question and answer panel. Sharing the twists and turns his own career path has taken, he said, “I cannot tell you how your career will go—I didn’t expect to end up here myself—but whatever you do, do it. Get involved, get invested, and never say no to an opportunity.”
We know our youth will take this to heart as they move forward in their lives. We thank United for welcoming us for this inspiring day. We are so grateful for their continued support of our work and their ongoing encouragement of the young people we serve.