Area business, community professionals cap yearlong self-leadership program with Alpine students
June 1st, 2017 under Education
By ELANE V. SCOTT and RICK STEPHENS
ALPINE- Alpine High School Principal Panchi Scown, inspired by a family and community leadership seminar series she attended in Alpine last year entitled “Leading Your Child to Success,” asked if the seminar could be adopted for high school students.
Principal Scown thought many of the students in high school could be helped by a program that helped them focus on life management skills and career goals.
The original Birth2Work seminar, created and sponsored by locals Rick Stephens and Elane V. Scott, is designed to teach family and life leadership principles to adults who have children, grandchildren, or work with children. High school students, who volunteered for the class, would explore career goals and develop realistic plans for post-high school education, employment and life management in this seminar series called “Lead Yourself to Success.” The goal is to assure that high school students have a plan for their future, upon graduation, that takes them beyond just continuing with further education.
During the 2016-17 school year, nearly 40 students attended the classes that focused on goal setting, communication and engagement, personal finance, and many strategic lessons to help guide students and prepare them for life after they graduate from high school, taught by veteran and award winning instructor Tamie Neu, also of Alpine. Student plans for higher education and career goals were important discussion topics for the class.
The class series culminated with one-on-one mentorship sessions by individuals in the community who held jobs and positions that the students wanted to have. Volunteer mentors included Nelson Sager, Anne Marie Janis, Chris Estepp, Chris Ruggia, Jess Branch, Truman Spoon, Diane Moore, Troy Canaba, Casey Pentecost, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Charlie Thomas, Marshal Cook, Bobby Mesker, BJ Torres, Jonathan Sheets, Tyler Card, Clifton Carroll, Sara Guidetti, Emily Alexander, Lance Jackson, Travis Hendryx, Craig Neuman, Tamie Neu, Elane V Scott, and Rick Stephens.
Some of the mentors run their own businesses including Vast Graphics and Small Animal Hospital. Others are from departments throughout Sul Ross State University, Big Bend Regional Medical Center, Big Bend Telephone, Homeland Security, and Texas Parks and Wildlife.
With the excitement and interest generated by the class this year the plan is to offer the class next year as well, with a focus primarily for juniors.
Elane V. Scott and Rick Stephens of Alpine are co-founders of Birth2Work, an initiative in support of parents, grandparents/retired professionals, and community stakeholders who are committed to preparing children to successfully transition into adulthood. Learn more about the project at birth2work.org.