Volunteers needed for GLOW With Your Hands career exploration event

File photo by Tom Rivers – Tyler Schmeer of Kendall runs a Kubota tractor with a backhoe during a career exploration event on Sept. 24, 2019 in Batavia at the Genesee County Fairgrounds. Bentley Brothers in Albion and Brockport let high school students try to operate the backhoe. The “GLOW With Your Hands” career exploration included about 50 interactive sessions. It returns on Sept. 27.

Posted 29 June 2022 at 4:10 pm

Press Release, Genesee County Economic Development Center

BATAVIA – GLOW With Your Hands is on the search for volunteers to help support the day long, hands-on career exploration event for GLOW Region students on September 27.

Launched in 2019, GLOW with Your Hands is an annual hands-on career exploration event in which over 800 middle and high school students from 25 school districts in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties learn about high-growth and high-demand career opportunities in agriculture, advanced manufacturing, and the skilled trades among others.

Volunteers are needed in all aspects of the event including hard hat and student bag assembly, post-event clean up, table and chair setup, and guiding students throughout the day. Volunteers ensure the event runs smoothly in a timely manner.

“The success of GLOW With Your Hands would not be possible without the help and hard work of our volunteers,” said Jay Lazarony, GLOW Workforce Development Board Executive Director. “Volunteers make the student experience worthwhile, educational, and enjoyable! There are many moving parts to the event, the more people helping us out, the better this day will be for our future generation.”

Annually, the event averages roughly 100 volunteers, with 50 to 75 individuals working directly with the students. Some volunteers will be paired with students individually for assistance. There are several vendors that rely on volunteers to facilitate a positive learning environment to make sure students are having fun and staying safe.

“Volunteers play an important role to encourage students to participate in hands-on career demonstrations and ask employers questions that can help them understand job opportunities in their own backyard,” said GLOW With Your Hands Volunteer Committee leader Karyn Winters. “We are a volunteer-based event, the people involved are invested in the future of GLOW region students and want them to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Volunteers must be at least 18 years or older. Additional information and volunteer applications are available by clicking here: https://www.glowwithyourhands.com/volunteer.

Additionally, GLOW With Your Hands leaders encourage community members to consider joining the program’s organizing committee and sub-committees.

“Our initial volunteers enabled GLOW With Your Hands to become a reality, and we welcome new leaders to support the continued growth of these opportunities,” Lazarony said. “Our organizing committee and sub-committees are always in need of new energy and new ideas as we build the best experience for our youth.”