Twenty-six students in Hopkinsville began the second session of the 2018 AT&T Teen Enrichment Program through Challenge House Monday and will spend the week learning about many things.
The first day is known as motivational Monday and the students heard from many guest speakers, including retired U.S. Army Colonel James White, Christian County Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill and Mayor Carter Hendricks.
Superintendent Gemmill explained what the school board does and how it affects students, saying that it’s their job to offer them opportunities to succeed.
Mayor Hendricks spoke about what’s happening in the city and says it’s everyone’s goal to help make Hopkinsville a better place.
Program Facilitator Virginia Erxleben says the camp style program was created to answer a need in the community and help prepare youth for the future.
The students will spend the rest of the week learning from guest speakers about a slew of topics, including how to create a resume, how to create a business, the effects of bullying, positive body image and even the reality of death and consequences.
Next week the students will participate in job shadowing at places that interest them before the graduate and earn $250 for completing the program.