April 22, 2015
Contact: Ashley Ford, Communications Specialist, Neighborhood & Business Services
Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor   
704-336-3438 or 704-614-9116                                                       
Charlotte, NC — More than 3,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg area high school students attended the city’s annual Charlotte Career Discovery Day today. Hosted by the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP) and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), the event provided local youth with the opportunity to interact with local government officials, entrepreneurs and business executives.
“For nearly 30 years, the MYEP has prepared Charlotte’s youth for future employment,” said Mayor Dan Clodfelter. “With the support of our local community and sponsors, the MYEP continues to provide youth with new and exciting experiences, like the Charlotte Career Discovery Day, that allow us to encourage them to learn, grow and succeed.”
During the event, students viewed exhibits and networked with 100 vendors from various industries in Charlotte, including health sciences; finance; human services & leadership; local government; and science, technology, engineering and math. Several students also participated in a Dress for Success exhibition, courtesy of Dillard’s, and visited with employers and colleges at a Career and College Fair. Additionally there was a disaster mobile hospital unit and mobile athletic training vehicle, courtesy of Carolinas HealthCare System.
Also in attendance at the event was Elias Alcantara, Associate Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, who presented a video message from President Barack Obama.
“Today, more than 3,000 local students had the rare opportunity to network with 100 industry leaders, entrepreneurs, local government officials and school board members as well as local colleges and a White House staff member,” Clodfelter said. “By providing career exploration experiences such as this, we are ensuring that our children receive opportunities for personal growth and development that will be useful as they prepare to build their careers.”

Charlotte Career Discovery Day event sponsors and supporters included: Microsoft, Charlotte Works, Carolinas HealthCare System, Siemens, Dillard’s, Publix, The Park Expo & Conference Center, CMS, Mecklenburg County and Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated.