By Guest Blogger: Gabrielle Brooks, intern
The Memphis-Shelby County Ag-Tech Summer Youth Program is a youth employment and workforce develop program hosted by Agricenter International. This summer pilot program aims to educate ten students on four key components: career readiness, agriculture, life skills (financial awareness), and STEM activities including drone building and operation. Students were selected from varying regions across the Shelby County area. They work with 901 Drones for their STEM component and Agricenter Education Director Tim Roberts for the agricultural education portion. Other instructors facilitate the career readiness and life skills components of the program.
The students are on campus from 9am-3pm giving them a 30-hour, paid work week with lunches provided daily. They have weekly field trips and community service outreach scheduled throughout the duration of their time in program.
This wonderful opportunity is funded by many generous local sponsors including Agricenter International, UT-TSU Extension, H. Saga/Port Alliance, Kiwanis, 901 Drones, and First Tennessee Bank.