Kena Torbert (back row far left), Fort Valley State University family life specialist and Phillip Petway (back row first right), an FVSU Twiggs County 4-H Extension agent, pose with Georgia high school students and graduates participating in the 2016 TEAM Success Program.
Before 17 middle Georgia students enroll in classes for fall 2016, they will have work experience and $2,100 in their pocket from a summer internship through Fort Valley State University.
They are participating in the TEAM Success Program sponsored by Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Program this summer. TEAM is an acronym for Teaching, Enlightening, Achieving and Mentoring.
For six weeks, beginning June 6 and ending July 15, students will shadow FVSU Extension agents and program assistants. County Extension agents and program assistants provide various services to youths, seniors, farmers and other members of the community. For the duration of the program, interns will shadow agents and program assistants in activities and projects in areas such as horticulture, food and nutrition and financial planning.
“The purpose of the TEAM Success Program is to educate our high school junior and seniors of the opportunities that the College of Agriculture Family Sciences and Technology at Fort Valley State offers,” said Kena Torbert, family life specialist and coordinator of the TEAM Success Program.
Torbert added that program participation exposes students to non-traditional job opportunities and professional contacts in their local area, helps them improve writing and conversational skills and allows them to acquire techniques to become productive citizens of Georgia. This is the tenth year that FVSU is sponsoring the TEAM Success program, with more than 150 serving as interns since its inception.
To be selected for TEAM Success, the student must be entering the 11th or-12th grade or be a high school graduating senior. They must also live in one of 14 counties where an FVSU Cooperative Extension Program county agent or program assistant is based. In addition, students must complete and submit an application, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.4, acquire three letters of recommendation, write an essay and submit the information to the local Extension agent or program assistant. The materials are then reviewed by the TEAM Success Selection Committee where applicants are ranked based on criteria that include content, neatness and creativity.
For more information about the TEAM Success Program, contact Kena Torbert at (478) 825-6573, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.