Bill Schenold is on a mission to address the sobering facts that more than 10,000 teenagers die and more nearly half a million are seriously injured each year. Safety Mentoring was conceived and developed as an extension of Bill’s experiences in the railroad and transportation industries to address fundamental issues of knowledge of hazards and risk management. Young people are better prepared for adulthood when they comprehend the importance of safety in the home, workplace and in leisure activities.
Bill describes the events that motivated him to create the mentoring program, the organizations that are involved and how the effort has grown.
Bill Schenold is from the southwest side of Chicago where he attended William J. Bogan high school, Southwest City College, Morraine Valley Community College and Governors State University.
Bill’s career began in radio broadcasting at WJOB-AM in Hammond, Indiana and continued at WLNR-FM and WFLM-FM in Lansing, Illinois and Crown Point, Indiana respectively.
Concurrent with his work in media, Bill was a conductor on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad which sparked an interest in occupational safety. Through his time at the railway Bill produced a variety of safety-related media that provided a valuable intersection of communication skills and deep knowledge of community and workplace safety.