For the first time, 150 students will join us for the Focus Teen Conference. This event includes two days of empowering activities, conversations,and workshops on potential career paths, finance, personal safety, and community awareness. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided each day.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to be matched based on their interests with a professional woman for a one-on-one Zoom mentoring session.
75 Scholarships available for Mobile County Public Schools System Students
Focus Teen Conference Schedule: Day 1
Day 1 | The Grounds
Registration at the Grounds
Welcome & Breakfast
Career Possibilities: Women in Local Industry presented by AIrbus
Hear from a dynamic panel of remarkable women in local area industries who will share opportunities in their field. Learn what these jobs are really like and how to get started in these fields with or without a degree.
Presented by Distinguished Young Women
Do you have a 30-second intro ready to go? No matter what career field you pursue, you will need to be able to tell people who you are and what you do — quickly. Practice your pitch in this interactive workshop.
Taking Control of your Path: A Guide to Choosing what is right for YOU
Presented by Bishop State Community College
Is higher education right for you or is trade school a better option? Should you start at a community college or go right to a four-year university? How do you know what’s right for you? Get all your questions answered before you visit booths of local employers, trade schools, and universities in this interactive workshop.
Break & Lunch
Presented by Outokumpu
Panelist: Tracy Dunn, Director of Financial Controlling – GBS Americas, Finance & Control
Visit Career Activity Stations and the booths of local employers, trade schools, and higher education institutions to hear what they have to offer. Get your career passport stamped along the way and be entered to win prizes.
*Career Activity Stations
Activities are led by local employers and organizations so that students may learn more about opportunities from professionals working in local industry. Organizations provide all materials for their activity.
Using Your Voice to Empower Yourself and Others
Presented by Chris Gibson of Mobile United
The Administrators of Youth Leadership Mobile & Mobile United will discuss how to find and develop your own unique voice through service to others. They will explore ways to tap into your own capacity to empower yourselves and each other through shining light on other young people
who have done the same.
Buses Load for Departure
Focus Teen Conference Schedule: Day 2
Day 2 | The Grounds
Registration at the Grounds
Welcome & Breakfast
This panel highlights vulnerabilities online that can lead to human trafficking. It will include tips on how to use social media in a safe way, and how having a positive self-image can actually help fight against human trafficking.
Workshop Provided and presented by Makeda Nichols with State Farm
Take it to the Bank
Students visit stations to choose a career, buy a home, and learn about real life financial planning and making a dollar stretch.
Advocacy in Alabama and YOUR Community
Hear from women working in advocacy in our state on how to best affect your community.
Presented by Lifelines Workshop provided by Girl Scouts of South Alabama
Learn how to recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships. And get the tools you need to maintain healthy ones and be the best version of you.
Presented by Tarah Keech
Whether at school, with friends, or dealing with your home life – Anxiety can come up throughout your day and in every area of life. Knowing how to cope with it, what’s driving it, and (bonus!) how you can use it will help you feel more confident, resilient, and clear as you take whatever next step is right for you. Learn the skills and the nerdy fun science to turn your anxiety into a meaningful and valuable experience. Join to learn, get live coaching, and hear from others on what’s worked for them.
Thank Yous and Goodbyes
3:45 PM – 4:10 PM
Focus Teen Conference - Education Director, Bridget Archer
Bridget Archer has been an educator in the Mobile County Public School System for 18 years. She has a Bachelors and Masters from the University of South Alabama and an Education Specialist degree from the University of West Alabama. Mrs. Archer believes that the best way to improve her city is to be actively involved in community service. She serves on the board of the Junior League of Mobile, the Rain Group, and is the district six representative for the Human Relations Commission. She also works with Family Promise, the Core Group, and Project Homeless Connect. She has two children who attend public schools in Mobile and a husband who is her biggest supporter.
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