Youth College and Career Expo

What do you get when 60+ schools; 9 school districts; 180 colleges, universities, companies, and organizations; and 200+ volunteers come together in 2019 to support students as they get ready to step out into the world? Almost 4,000 students discover a whole new world of educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics!

…and in 2022, we’re doing it again!

Personalized learning is the attraction of the 2024 Youth College and Career Expo. With our first virtual YCCExpo a great success, we have jump started our first hybrid YCCExpo for 2024. Jump start your personal learning by registering for this year’s event. Registration opens Monday, September 12, 2024.

At the 6th Annual Let’s Grow STEAMx Youth College and Career Expo (YCCExpo), we believe in empowering the next generation by providing them with invaluable resources and guidance to pave their path to success.

Experience the power of personalized learning at YCCExpo!  

YCCExpo is all about offering personalized learning for future leaders! Building on the success of our first virtual event (check out our stats), we are thrilled to announce our first hybrid YCCExpo for 2024. Join us February 13-15, 2024, for an incredible three-day event that seamlessly combines in-person and virtual experiences. Admission is free for future leaders 4-12 grades, but don’t miss out – register early to secure your spot! Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 12, 2023, when registration opens. Be a part of this unforgettable event where personalized learning takes center stage. Don’t miss your chance at YCCExpo – the future of learning is here!

6th Annual Let's Grow STEAMx
Youth College and Career Expo

IN-PERSON
Future Leaders | 10th Grade Only
Columbus Georgia
Convention & Trade Center
February 13, 2024
9:00AM -1:00PM

VIRTUAL
Future Leaders | 4th -12th Grades
Let's Grow STEAMx Platform
February 14- 15, 2024 | 8:30AM - 3:00PM

YCCExpo is the ultimate college and career exploration experience for future leaders in grades 4-12. Discover a world of opportunities as you explore various careers and the pathways to reach them. Hear from inspiring voices, gain valuable tips, and connect with leading employers, colleges and training programs.

At the YCCExpo, we place a special emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) career pathways. This year, we’re thrilled to highlight the diverse and exciting careers in the Arts sector. Whether you are passionate about painting dancing, music, digital media, or the film industry, the YCCExpo is your platform to explore, learn, and nurture your creativity. Connect with industry professionals, discover educational pathways, and unlock your potential!

This year, we’re excited to welcome 10th graders to engage in onsite activities. Discover a world of possibilities as exhibitors showcase their company values and engage future leaders in exciting demonstrations. The YCCExpo offers an amazing in-person experience where future leaders can dive into interactive opportunities with exhibitors and colleges. Explore booths, engage with representatives, attend seminars, and earn points through gamification activities. Redeem points for prizes, enjoy the photo booth, and unlock even more surprises! It’s all about fun and learning!

Discover your dream college at the Probe College Fair! Connect with 70+ universities, gather information, chat with admission reps, and apply for admission to the school of your choice. Don’t miss out! Free registration begins September 12, 2023.

Register Here for YCCExpo

Exciting news! This year, we’re introducing a virtual platform, so future leaders, grades 4-12, from all over Georgia can join in on the action.

Get ready to unlock a world of endless possibilities at the thrilling virtual YCCExpo! Immerse yourself in engaging exhibitors, dynamic colleges and captivating seminars. Plus, score incredible swag that will leave you speechless! Want to be a winner? Aim for the top of the leaderboard by actively participating in the virtual experience. Don’t forget to explore the convenient “Backpack” feature to download exhibitor content, website links, and interactive sessions for later exploration. Mark your calendars for the live virtual event on February 14-15, 2024! Free registration starts Tuesday, September 12, 2023! Don’t miss it!

Register Here for YCCExpo

We understand that interviews can be challenging, but at YCCExpo, we’ve got your back! Gain valuable experience and confidence in your communication skills through in-person and virtual mock interviews. YCCExpo offers college and career readiness mock interviews conducted by HR and career professionals. These dedicated volunteers will provide positive and constructive feedback to help future leaders prepare for their next real interview, be it for a job, internship, or college admission. Mock interviews are exclusively available for future leaders in grades 7-12. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. Registration is required and begins Tuesday, September 12, 2023*.

*During the registration process, make sure to express your interest in participating in mock interviews.

Register Here for YCCExpo

Recognizing excellence in STEAM studies, Let’s Grow STEAMx presents the YCCExpo Student Ambassador Award. This prestigious accolade honors high school students who showcase exceptional dedication, innovation, and leadership in the STEAM pursuits. Selected individuals with a GPA of 2.5 or better, who exhibit a profound interest in STEAM activities, are eligible to submit a 250-word essay reflecting on how these activities have impacted their education. With the support of a teacher, counselor, or administrator recommendation, we aim to encourage and empower the future leaders of STEAM, fostering a bright path for these promising young minds. As a STEAM Ambassador, recipients will receive an award, a scholarship to a STEAM summer camp or internship, $250 cashier’s check, and opportunities to represent STEAM initiatives at Let’s Grow STEAMx events. Ambassador application opens Monday, October 16, 2023, and closes Friday, December 1, 2023.

Apply to be a
LET’S GROW STEAMx AMBASSADOR

What is YCCExpo? 

YCCExpo is the ultimate college and career exploration experience for future leaders in grades 4-12. Discover a world of opportunities as you explore various careers and the pathways to reach them. Hear from inspiring voices, gain valuable tips, and connect with leading employers, colleges and training programs.

At the YCCExpo, we place a special emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) career pathways. This year, we’re thrilled to highlight the diverse and exciting careers in the Arts sector. Whether you are passionate about painting dancing, music, digital media, or the film industry, the YCCExpo is your platform to explore, learn, and nurture your creativity. Connect with industry professionals, discover educational pathways, and unlock your potential!  

In-Person Experience 

This year, we’re excited to welcome rising 11th graders (current 10th grade future leaders) to engage in onsite demonstrations. Discover a world of possibilities as exhibitors showcase their company values and engage future leaders in exciting hands-on activities. The YCCExpo offers an amazing in-person experience where YOU can dive into interactive opportunities with exhibitors and colleges. Explore booths, engage with representatives, attend seminars, and earn points through gamification activities. Redeem points for prizes, enjoy the photo booth, and unlock even more surprises! It’s all about fun and learning! 

Discover your dream college at the Probe College Fair! Connect with 70+ universities, gather information, chat with admission reps, and apply for admission to the school of your choice. Don’t miss out! Free registration begins September 12, 2023. 

Virtual Experience

Exciting news! This year, we’re introducing a virtual platform, so future leaders, grades 4-12, from all over Georgia can join in on the action.

LIVE Virtual YCCExpo is February 14-15, 2024

Get ready to unlock a world of endless possibilities at the thrilling virtual YCCExpo! Immerse yourself in engaging exhibitors, dynamic colleges and captivating seminars. Plus, score incredible swag that will leave you speechless! Want to be a winner? Aim for the top of the leaderboard by actively participating in the virtual YCCExpo. Don’t forget to explore the convenient “Backpack” feature to download exhibitor content, website links, and interactive sessions for later exploration. Mark your calendars for the live virtual event on February 14-15, 2024! Free registration starts September 12, 2023! Don’t miss it!

Can’t Make It To The Live YCCExpo?  

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Dive into our on-demand resources for a whole month after the event. Free registration is required to gain access. Registration begins September 12, 2023.

Mock Interview 

We understand that interviews can be challenging, but at YCCExpo, we’ve got your back! Gain valuable experience and confidence in your communication skills through in-person and virtual mock interviews. YCCExpo offers college and career readiness mock interviews conducted by HR and career professionals. These dedicated volunteers will provide positive and constructive feedback to help YOU prepare for your next real interview, be it for a job, internship, or college admission. Mock interviews are exclusively available for future leaders in grades 7-12. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. Registration is required and begins September 12, 2023!*  

*During the registration process, make sure to express your interest in participating in mock interviews. 

Let’s Grow STEAMx Ambassador Award

Recognizing excellence in STEAM studies, Let’s Grow STEAMx presents the YCCExpo Student Ambassador Award. This prestigious accolade honors high school students who showcase exceptional dedication, innovation, and leadership in the STEAM pursuits. Selected individuals with a GPA of 2.5 or better, who exhibit a profound interest in STEAM activities, are eligible to submit a 250-minimum word essay reflecting on how these activities have impacted their education. With the support of a teacher, counselor, or administrator recommendation, we aim to encourage and empower the future leaders of STEAM, fostering a bright path ahead for these promising young minds.

Recommendation portal opens on September 12th and closes on November 1st

NOMINATE A FUTURE LEADER AS A 
LET’S GROW STEAMx AMBASSADOR

2023 YCCExpo Keynote Presenter

Check Back for 2024 Keynote Speaker!

Aisha Bowe is a former NASA rocket scientist, motivational speaker and serial entrepreneur. Her seven-figure companies have been recognized by Inc. Magazine and her clients include tech giants such as: Microsoft, GE, and Siemens — all without outside capital. As an aerospace engineer who started her degree with pre-algebra in a community college, Aisha is on a mission to help youth break stereotypes, stop internalizing false narratives and pursue careers in STEM
(science, technology, engineering, and math).

Aisha regularly shares her story and message of self-empowerment in interviews and presentations worldwide. She speaks often as part of the US State Department’s speakers’ program and has been the subject of many articles including in Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc.com, Fast Company, Wired, and Shondaland. She was a featured guest on NBC LX as well as The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Tamron Hall Show, two of the most highly rated daytime talk shows in the United States. In addition, she was the subject of an Olay/BET public service announcement promoting women’s empowerment.

Aisha holds a B.S.E in Aerospace Engineering and an M. Eng. in Space Systems Engineering, from University of Michigan. She has received numerous awards for her dedication to technical excellence and the principles of diversity and opportunity. Aisha is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). She currently sits on the University of Michigan Aerospace Department Industry Advisory Board.

VIRTUAL
Future Leaders | 4th -12th Grades
Let's Grow STEAMx Platform
February 14- 15, 2024 | 8:30AM - 3:00PM

IN-PERSON
Future Leaders | 10th Grade Only
Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
9:00AM -1:00PM

Virtual

Resources are key to college and career opportunities. At the virtual YCCExpo, access to exhibitors, colleges, seminars, and swag will be in high demand. Want a chance to win a prize for engaging with participants in the virtual YCCExpo, be #1 on the leaderboard. Check it out!  Don’t forget to use the “Backpack” feature to download information to revisit later. You can download exhibitor content, website links, and interactive sessions all while gaining leaderboard points. So, download to your virtual backpack and share what you have learned with your friends and family.

The event is LIVE February 13-15, 2024!

Can’t make it to the live virtual event February 13-15th? We have your back! Check out the resources on-demand for the 30 days following the event. But before you can access all these great resources, you must first register!

In-Person

The in-person experience is designed for students to explore interactive opportunities with exhibitors and colleges. Each year a cohort of students will engage in the onsite activities. This year all 11th graders will have access. Exhibitors will share their companies values and engage students with an activity. Probe College Fair will be onsite with over 50 colleges and universities for students the find out more information, apply, and possibly receive provisional admission. Lastly, the opportunity to hear from our keynote speaker who’ll shed light on how art elevates dreams.

In-Person

Access and exposure…that’s what it’s all about. Don’t miss out on face time with your future school or employer!

There will be opportunities to enhance interpersonal skills, gain new insight from exhibitors, engage with interactive labs, speak 1-on-1 with colleges and universities, including submitting applications. 30-day virtual access also included.

Join us! Meet the YCCExpo Ambassador and sponsors that are here to help you #BeFutureReady. 

Register to Attend the YCCExpo!

Mock Interview

Job interviews can be challenging, as we know. Communicating with confidence takes practice. Area HR and career professionals will offer mock interviews at the virtual YCCExpo. These volunteers work with students and offer positive, constructive feedback that will help students for their next real interview, whether it’s for a job, internship, or college admission. Mock interviews are for 7th-12th grade students only. Acknowledge your interest during the registration process.

Ambassador Award

In alliance with the city of Columbus through our partnership with our Expo Ambassador, City Manager Isaiah Hughley, we will present the Ambassador Award up to five (5) deserving students.  This award acknowledges the demonstrated achievements and ability of promising high school students in STEAM-related pursuits and celebrates the hard work, diligent study habits, and innovative ideas displayed by students during the school year.

We ask each school to nominate a student to be considered for the Ambassador Award.  From those nominations, the top candidates will be chosen and honored at a breakfast the morning of YCCExpo, and one of those students will be awarded the Let’s Grow STEAMx Ambassador Award. For eligibility information and to submit your school’s nominee, please click the button below.

The nomination window is open from June 1 to Friday, January 7.

In alliance with the city of Columbus through our partnership with our Expo Ambassador, City Manager Isaiah Hugley, we will also be presenting the Ambassador Award to one of our deserving students.  This award acknowledges the demonstrated achievements and ability of promising high school students in STEAM-related pursuits and celebrates the hard work, diligent study habits, and innovative ideas displayed by students during the school year.

We ask each school to nominate a student to be considered for the Ambassador Award.  From those nominations, the top three candidates will be chosen and honored at a breakfast the morning of YCCExpo, and one of those students will be awarded the Let’s Grow STEAMx Ambassador Award.

For eligibility information and to submit your school’s nominee, please click here. The nomination window is open from June 1 to August 27, 2021.

Let’s Grow STEAMx is dedicated to helping our youth #BeFutureReady!

Excited to get involved with the Expo?