Mentoring Day 2017

Putnam Mentoring Participants

Participants from Putnam County Mentoring Day 2017.

Mentoring Day Brings Out the Best

in Westchester and Putnam Counties

CAREERS Support Solutions once again coordinated with Westchester and Putnam County governments to give students and adults with disabilities a chance to work at a job that interests them. Mentoring Day 2017, held May 18th in Putnam County and May 24th in Westchester, paired mentors from County Departments with individuals interested in learning what it takes to be successfully employed.

“Mentoring Day has been so well received that we decided to hold it in spring, rather than fall. This will give students another chance before graduation to see what it takes to be effective in the workplace,” remarked CAREERS Executive Director Tina Cornish-Lauria. “Westchester County Executive Astorino and Putnam County Executive Odell and their Departments do a wonderful job making all participants feel welcome, and everyone learns from their morning working together.” 

In Westchester County, participants from CAREERS, New Rochelle High School, WARC, Keon Center and WJCS were matched with volunteer County mentors, based on their interests. In Putnam County, students from Carmel and Brewster High Schools, as well as PARC clients got a chance to see how the County operates.

Participants in both counties worked side by side with mentors for several hours learning computer, organizational and administrative skills, customer service and maintenance, as well as visiting and learning about many county facilities.

Thanks to the Westchester County Departments who participated:

Corrections Human Rights Commission
County Attorney Office for People with Disabilities
County Executive’s Office Parks and Recreation
Emergency Services Public Safety
Environmental Facilities Social Services
Finance Tourism
Human Resources  


Olha Fizer from DSS thanks Marissa Killiam for her help during Mentoring Day. Also pictured is Marissa’s  CAREERS  Employment Specialist Karen Holubis.

New Rochelle students Tianna Ricketts, Lukas Guzman, Chris Lorello and Malik Younger received certificates for their participation in Mentoring Day.

Michael Parks receives a certificate from County Executive Astorino for his volunteer service in the Department of Social Services on Mentoring Day.

Thanks to the Putnam County Departments who participated:

Clerk’s Office IT
Consumer Affairs Planning, Development and Public Transportation
Emergency Services Probation
Finance Purchasing
Health Senior Resources
Highways and Facilities Social Services
Veterans Services  

Senior Resources once again hosted a Carmel High Student to help with the Departments many programs.

Carmel High student Len F. got a behind the scenes look at the Department of Transportation, including the new additions to the fleet of buses.

The Putnam County Veterans Service Agency teamed up with the IT Department to host interns from CAREERS, PARC and Brewster High School. Together they tagged over 300 flags lining Lake Gleneida for the summer holidays!