Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County teamed up with Indian River State College (IRSC) for a “Teen Summit.” The “Teen Summit” was held at the Fort Pierce campus of IRSC and was created for the purpose of helping potential high school graduates get a glimpse of what college life is like. The teens who attended were able to do activities and learn about other aspects of college life through breakout sessions and testimonies from current college students and Boys and Girls Club alumni.
After receiving a warm welcome from Will Armstead, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys and Girls Club, and Mark Tremblay, a motivational speaker and Board Member for the Boys and Girls Club, teens were grouped according to the meta major they would be interested in and had the opportunity to take a tour of the Fort Pierce campus of IRSC. The potential students were also able to work with the professors, who instruct at the campus, and do activities specific to their course of study. “Everything about the event was great. Something that I really enjoyed, and the teens liked, was the hands-on experience in the green room and creating videos.” says Latrecia Jenkins, Teen Director for the Ken Pruitt Club House of Boys and Girls Club.
Breakout sessions included professionals from the community talking about another aspect of college life. For example, Adam Fetterman, a lawyer, spoke about punctuality and following through, and Sabre Mochachino, a fashion designer, spoke about appropriate attire. Business members of the community came to show their support for our teens through the career fair. They interacted with the students and shared their career readiness experience. The event concluded with a “Dress for Success” fashion show, to which our youth learned the “dos and don’ts” of professional attire.
Special thanks to Susanne Berry, Saint Andrew’s Church; Azzam Abdur-Rahman, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Jenny Tomes, City of Port St. Lucie Utility Systems Department; Ashlie Young, Career Source Research Coast; George Seliga, Dignity Memorial; Grace Vergis, Miracle Work Life Empowering Coach; Dan Pimpo, Toshiba Business Solutions; Juliana Walker and Christine Smith, St. Lucie Sheriff’s Department; Dr. Jack Mitchell, T Coast Studios; Susan Lauderdale, LMFT Studio Psychotherapist; Msebenzi Masondo, Engel Volkers Stuart Real Estate; Lindsey Concannon, Saint Lucie Tire and Battery; Veronica McCourt, Seacoast Bank; Christine Smith, NisAir Air Conditioning; Dr. Ravi Jitta, Tradition Family Chiropractic; Daniel Comeau, Treasure Coast High School Director of Athletics; and Chuck Brothers, a retired teacher, for helping make our Teen Summit a success.