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CoreNet offers industry insight to Harlem teens.

High school juniors and seniors from Harlem gained real-life networking experience and career advice at a recent event hosted by the Emerging Leaders committee of CoreNet Global's New York City chapter, a professional organization for corporate real estate and workplace executives. The networking event was held at Gensler, one of the world's leading architecture and design firms.

The students who participated are members of Harlem RBI, a community-based, youth development organization, and they had the opportunity to tour various divisions of Gensler's North American headquarters. The tour was followed by speed networking with 11 Emerging Leaders members who are employed in different areas of corporate real estate ranging from property management, architecture and design, project management, and finance. The students also had the chance to speak individually with each young professional about his or her current work position and career path.

"We were thrilled to work with Harlem RBI and open students' eyes to the multi-faceted world of real estate," said Lou Nowikas, CoreNet GlobalNYC board member, responsible for the Emerging Leaders committee. "Many kids don't know all of the career paths that are available to them and this is just one of many opportunities where we could help them decide where they might want to focus their attention for the next four to six years."

Harlem RBI is a non-profit, community-based, youth development program for over 700 youth, ages 6-21, in East Harlem, New York. The organization uses baseball and softball, and the power of teams, to provide inner-city youth with the opportunities to play, to learn and to grow, inspiring them to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. Harlem RBI's DreamWorks program focuses more specifically on college admissions and career planning for high school juniors and seniors.

Because members of the Emerging Leaders are young professionals under 35, they felt teenage students had an easier time relating to them.

The Emerging Leaders committee has worked with other New York City community groups, including the New York Cares taxicab decal painting and the beautification of New York City parks, and looks forward to the possibility of hosting a youth networking event annually.
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