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Symposium prepares youth for the future

Any opportunity to give our youth an edge when it comes to preparing for their future is well worth the effort.

With that thought, we are grateful for the continuing work of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce in organizing programs for our local high school students. The chamber’s Youth Leadership Weirton program recently completed its year, and last week the chamber hosted approximately 120 juniors from seven local high schools in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, providing a variety of lessons through the annual Dr. Barbara A. Matey High School Business Symposium.

Named in honor of Matey, who had been a long-standing part of the local business community and an active volunteer with the chamber’s educational programs, the symposium features sessions on budgeting, marketing, product development, preparing for a job interview and teamwork.

This year, students from Brooke, Madonna, Oak Glen, Steubenville Catholic Central, Steubenville, Weir and the Tri-State Christian Academy took part, learning directly from local businessmen and women.

We hope they took these lessons to heart and will use them as they prepare to further their education and enter the job world.

We also would like to thank ArcelorMittal USA, which for the last few years has provided the chamber with a grant to fund its education programs.

Additional support was provided by Dee-Jays BBQ Ribs and Grille; First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union; Franciscan University of Steubenville; Gus’s Goodies; Hancock County Savings Bank; James White Construction; Madonna High School; Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort; R.E. Saxon Jeweler; Tudor’s Biscuit World and Weirton Geriatric Center.

Programs like this continue to give us hope for our future generations as they step forward in their lives and, eventually, take leadership roles in their communities.

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