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LACOE was proud to host two special guests at its Downey offices on Aug. 5 as part of Los Angeles County's annual Foster Youth Shadow Day.

Now in its fourth year, the program aims to provide students in foster care with firsthand experience in real-life work environments, helping them make the connection between the classroom and the workplace.

Students are paired with mentors in their field of interest to learn about the types of knowledge and skills required for the job.

Jayla, 18, shadowed LACOE Multimedia Specialist Moshe Godwin because of her interest in a career in animation and graphics.

"I gave Jayla a tour of our media production facilities and explained to her about the various types of multimedia content we produce," Godwin said. "I walked her through a guided exercise in the professional motion graphics software that I use to produce content for our various media projects. I also shared both educational and career advice related to graphic arts and animation."

Bryant, 20, is a junior at Cal State L.A. studying finance and economics. He met with Superintendent Debra Duardo and also shadowed Marjam Clark, LACOE director of Accounting and Budget Development.

Clark provided an overview of LACOE's Business Services functions for schools and gave a tour of the different units. Bryant learned about fiscal reporting and sat in on a meeting with LACOE's chief financial officer.

"One day can make difference in the lives of students in foster care — that's the theme of Shadow Day," said Rachelle Touzard, director, LACOE Student Support Services. "I'm grateful to the LACOE staff who stepped up to mentor students and have a positive impact."

Photos: Foster Youth Shadow Day at LACOE — Supt. Debra Duardo hosts student Bryant; Multimedia Specialist Moshe Godwin shows Jayla the ropes of a career in animation and graphics.

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