A REALISTIC PROGRAM FOR OUR YOUNG.
A realistic and sophisticated program appropriate for the American and
Canadian scenes, should include the following:
1. CAREER DEVELOPMENT: These will be Programs designed to assist the
young in fulfilling career aspirations. This can be the most powerful tool
in the hands of our Organizations, operating at the grassroots level. Today,
there is nothing closer to the heart of the young, than success in securing
a place under the sun, by pursuing a successful career, through formal
education. This is a sacred mission for most of them and they will do
literally anything, (they will even stand on their heads like Ben Gurion of
Israel), if that could enhance their chance of success in upward mobility.
This is where the Community and career development programs come in.
Counseling services, pamphlets and brochures, are available at Colleges
and University campuses, yet there are several neglected areas. Items like
motivation, encouragement, correct study habits, time budgeting,
perseverance, development of leadership qualities, role-modeling,
self-confidence, self-assurance and the need for hard work and other
relevant issues, under the heading of: "A Formula to Success," are
not found at Colleges and Universities.
Thus, a custom-made, Community directed Program, for High School seniors
and College freshmen, can be of enormous value for helping our young to
succeed and for demonstrating that our Community cares about their future.
This is a low cost approach for attracting the young to the fold of Hellenic
Culture and Heritage. This view is buttressed by 16 years experience of
career development Programs in Northern California (Dr. Geokas) for
admission to Medical, Dental, Veterinary and Pharmacy Schools and allied
These programs were highly successful and were for this reason introduced
into the Congressional Record twice (in 1976 and 1983). Central to Career
Development programs will be an expected appreciation by the young,
regarding the genuine efforts of our Community to secure their success in
Such programs fostered by our local organizations across the United
States, a country where, normally, there is no free-lunch, could be a
powerful device in achieving our goal: to stimulate the interest of our
young in the affairs of our Communities and to encourage their participation
and support of Cultural and Hellenic Heritage related activities.
Academicians (we have a good number of them) Professionals, Business people,
Executives, Politicians and others, can play an important role in this
endeavor. The Brain-Power required for this task is plentiful within our
What is needed is meticulous organization, strong will, and concerted
action to set up the programs, by coupling our efforts to the dearest of
their life's goals and aspirations: their career and strong desire for
achievement. Financial support can probably become available according to a
recent superb article in the National Herald, concerning the 50 richest
Greek-Americans in the United States. Even a modest contribution from each
of these powerful individuals and from many others, will make a sizable
amount, for supporting special programs for our young, through a National
Foundation which could distribute Grants in aid to local Organizations for
College student-scholarships and other activities.