VIRGINIA BEACH-- The Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads will host the second annual Teen Summer Opportunity Fair at Pembroke Mall on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Over 40 companies are expected at this year's event, including Auto Bell Car Wash, the Westin Hotel, Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. Higher education institutions such as Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University are also on the list.

Last year, the fair connected more than 1,000 area youth to local companies, higher education institutions, volunteer opportunities and the military.

The event is free and open to the public.

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