This Labor Day marks the 20th anniversary (and final running) of the Run With Carl memorial race for Carl D. Schillig. Carl was only 15 years old when he was hit by a vehicle and killed while participating in a Civil War re-enactment. His parents, along with the Jaycees and now Rotary, hold this race each year as a fundraiser for the Carl Schillig Memorial Scholarship Fund. This is a really fun event for a great cause! There is a 5K run/walk, and 5 mile run for those 13 and over and a 1 mile run, and 1/2 mile fun run for those 12 and younger. Immediately after the race, runners can join the post-race party and awards ceremony. You can register now-race day, but you can only get prizes and awards if you pre-register. Visit their site for more information on how to be part of this special final event.
The employment process has certainly changed since I was a teen looking for work. Though there are many opportunities available to today's teens, sometimes FINDING those opportunities is challenging. Here are some local tools that might help...
Blackhawk College has a Career Services Center that's open to the public (you don't need to be a BHC student)! Their staff will help your teen with guided job searches and printed resumes--for free--and no appointment is necessary. The office is located at Blackhawk College Quad City Campus in Building One.
QCSTEP.com is a local website with job hunting podcasts and videos. They also provide a link for job leads (updated weekly during the school year). Their current start post is all about the importance of volunteering and how to find volunteer work. It's a great site for teens to bookmark as they start their search.
Goodwill also sponsors a center to help people create and print their resumes and search for jobs online, as well as occasional career fairs. The Helms Career Center is located at 4805 22nd Avenue, Moline and is open from 9:30-6 Monday-Friday.
Another resource available to many QC teens is called Career Cruising Quad Cities (CCQC). This is an online program to help teens find out what kind different careers entail, as well as their aptitude for certain types of work. Many Illinois and a few Iowa (Davenport and Pleasant Valley Jr/Sr highs) schools participate in this program through Junior Achievement. To find out if your child's school participates, click here. If they do, your child can request a login from their school and can use the program from any computer.
Give your teens their best start with career planning by utilizing the above mentioned resources. I'd love to hear any "real-life" feedback about these services. Email me at FYIQuadCities@gmail.com if you've had experience with these, or any other, local job training
Although I'm not promoting the "summer's over" camp, there are a FEW back-to-school things that need to be scheduled a little in advance. One of these is sports/back-to-school physicals. Many of us automatically assume that needs to be done at our doctors' offices. That's one option. Here are a few more for you....
*Palmer Chiropractic Clinic offers $20 physicals from 8/1-9/20. To make an appointment, call 563-884-5801. Visit www.palmerclinics.com/qc for more information.
*Plaza Physical Therapy is offering a Student Sports or Camp Physical for $30. To schedule an appointment, call 563-344-6645
What are some other places where you can take your kiddos to get their physicals done?
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