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The PR Maven Podcast

The PR Maven® Podcast is the combination of traditional networking techniques combined with the power of social media to build your personal and professional brand. The podcast features interviews with industry leaders, top executives, media personalities and online influencers about public relations and their personal brand. Each week, Nancy connects with a special guest to talk about their career, and business or organization, as well as the latest news and events that will give listeners a unique perspective on the world of public relations, marketing and personal branding, including actionable takeaways.

Apr 23, 2024

This PR Maven Podcast® episode features Nancy's conversation with Kaylin (Kay) Kerina, the Maine Career Exploration program manager in Portland, Maine. Kay shares her journey from a varied career background to youth workforce development, emphasizing the importance of helping young Mainers find meaningful employment opportunities. She discusses her work in social justice, youth advocacy and community outreach, aiming to implement systemic change and support communities through a trust-based approach. The Maine Career Exploration program, part of the Department of Economic and Community Development, aims to connect 6,000 young people to work experiences in various industries, fostering passion and providing mentors. Kay also touches on her personal joy in gardening and how Maine employers and young people can get involved with the career exploration program. 


00:00 Welcome to the PR Maven Podcast with Kaylin (Kay) Kerina 

00:34 Kay Kerina's Journey: From Social Work to Career Exploration 

04:25 The Mission of Maine Career Exploration 

06:39 Personal Stories of Career Guidance 

09:12 Engaging Young People in Maine's Workforce 

11:30 The Importance of Passion in Career Choices 

19:35 A Gardening Detour: Kay's Personal Passions 

22:15 How Employers and Young People Can Get Involved 

25:00 Back to Business: Expanding Career Opportunities in Maine 

27:24 Tools for Productivity and Contact Information 

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About Kay  
Kaylin (Kay) Kerina is the Maine Career Exploration Program Manager, with a background in social work, human services and alternative education. With over seven years of experience, Kay is dedicated to serving students with barriers to employment and advocating for youth in the community. Her work in Youth Workforce Development focuses on supporting youth to find meaningful work opportunities and implementing systemic change for the communities she supports.