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GL Homes helps college kids raised in foster care get workplace ready

GL Homes stepped in with an etiquette class to help 16 special college students prepare for the workplace.

Barbara Benson Wymer, a graduate of The Protocol School of Washington, and GL Homes hosted the four-course meal at Farmer’s Table.

The dinner was held to help students raised in foster care get a leg up in the business world.

“Many people take social skills for granted.  Etiquette is learned and not all young people are taught these soft skills in the home,” said Sarah Alsofrom, GL Homes’ director of community relations.  “We want these deserving students to possess the know-how to put their best foot forward in a professional setting.”

Boca-based Best Foot Forward Foundation works to ensure that foster care youth graduate from high school and college.

Etiquette expert Barbara Benson Wymer gives tips to the Best Foot Forward Foundation students.

“They learned things like: Where is their bread plate and water glass? How to do a professional handshake. Where to put their napkin when they get up from the table? Which fork to use with which course, and so much more,” said Donna Biase, co-founder of Best Foot Forward.

Students in their College & Beyond program were also given the chance to role play work-related scenarios.

They learned how to navigate a complex place setting with several utensils. They were shown the proper way to shake hands.

“Graduating from college is an amazing feat. Graduating from college with life skills that will help with interviews, business meetings and events is priceless,” Biase said.

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