As the temperatures rise and the calendar approaches June, the hunt for summer employment is in full swing across Arlington County.

On Saturday, April 23rd, the Arlington Employment Center hosted the annual Teen Summer Expo at Wakefield High School. Over 75 employers filled the Wakefield cafeteria to discuss opportunities and make connections with hundreds of students from all over Arlington County.

Prior to the Teen Summer Expo, Arlington Employment Center coordinator Nadia Conyers dropped by Wakefield to work with students involved with CIS of NOVA’s after-school program at the school. Ms. Conyers discussed students’ motivations for seeking summer jobs, previewed the event for the students, and practiced the fine art of the elevator pitch.

Interactions with caring adults like Ms. Conyers are critical in the development of our youth in Northern Virginia, and are one of the Five Basics that CIS of NOVA believes every child deserves. For more information on becoming a job or career coach for a Wakefield student, please contact Wakefield CIS Site Coordinator, Dan Howard, at