Volunteering increases your social and relationship skills. High school introduces teens to new friends and opportunities such as JROTC at Northeast College Prep High School (formerly Leadership Academy). Sgt. Meister leads the JROTC program and identifies volunteerism through a series of “Mission and Task” assignments that benefit our Charlotte Community.
Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests. Once you have momentum, it’s easier to branch out and make more friends and contacts and the Charlotte Community came back to life this past summer. The Ontario Beach Park Program Committee (OBPPC) provided an opportunity for the new Charlotte Business Association (CBA) to serve two missions; staff the Family Fun Bounce House location, and handout the new 2022 Community Directory a project through the CBA.
Jonathan Hardin and Barbara Lake, engaged in both the Charlotte Community Association (CCA) and the Charlotte Business Association looked to JROTC to once again partner with our community and accept responsibility in staffing the entrance to the Family Fun area to accomplish these tasks on Friday and Saturday. SGM Yermiah Oyola (middle front accepting check) led the effort for Saturday. That commitment earned the JROTC program $1,600 through a new relationship with their efforts with OBPPC, which were part of the profits from the donations made through the Family Fun Area. Since the Charlotte Business Association is a new 501c3 non-profit, a fiduciary was needed, and the CCA became involved (which earned an additional $4 in interest) and a check in the amount of $1,604 was issued to the JROTC program. The group came together when school resumed last month to celebrate and welcome the new students, administration, and CCA Board Chair of Youth Engagement, Patti O’Brien.
Pictured from left to right; Jonathan Hardin, Patti O’Brien, Barbara Lake, SGM Yermiah Oyola, Principal Nakia Burrows, Jim Farr (OBPPC), Sgt. Meister second row, Jessica Nordquist (site coordinator @HS) and both new and returning JROTC members. The high school is now a co-ed campus and teens have new opportunities to embrace!