Once a month Communities Helping Adolescents Mentor Program (CHAMP), which is run by the non-profit organization, Communities in Schools of Miami, takes nearly 200 high school students from all over Miami-Dade County to work in offices of major employers such as State Farm, the University of Miami and Florida Power & Light. The Oct. 8 article Mentors help at-risk kids find success explains that teens spend the day working one-on-one with a mentor. Those with a history of academic or behavioral problems distinguish what it’s like to work in an office and collaborate with their mentor on their future goals. I think the CHAMP program constructs relationships and educates teens on the value of staying in school and even being persistent with their education beyond high school, by being surrounded by professionals.
Olice Noel, Hollywood