For the first time, 100 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.
Our Selection Process
We realize that support systems vary greatly, and some teens must balance school with other obligations. An applicant’s GPA will not be evaluated. Interested applicants will fill out an application, submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or employer, and be interviewed by Zoom for acceptance to attend Focus Teen Conference.
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.
Applications will be open from October 1 through October 14th, 2021
Cost of Participation
$199 per Student
75 Scholarships available for Mobile County Public Schools System Students
Focus Teen Conference Schedule: Day 1
Day 1 | Flight Works Alabama at Airbus & The Grounds
Tour Flight Works
Attendees complete activities in Flight Works and then speak with a woman who does that job
Taking Control of your Path: A Guide to Choosing what is right for YOU
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 in this interactive workshop.
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.
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.
The Importance of Diversity in Excellence
Focus Teen Conference Schedule: Day 2
Day 2 | The Grounds
I’m a Flim-Flam Sham
Presented by Dr. Doretha Walker
Join us for this fun interactive workshop that explores imposter syndrome and includes a dance party! You are amazing, but you do not believe it. You have awards and accomplishments that others might envy. Most are astonished at how you get everything done just right. And at times you marvel at your success, your own self. Yet somewhere in the midst of it all you just don’t think you measure up. Somehow you feel that you haven’t done enough to make you legitimately whatever it is that you are. You feel like a fraud, a flim-flam sham: an impostor. That is until today. Today you and I will follow a mini 12 step program to overcome the Impostor Phenomenon so that we can celebrate the awesomeness of who we really are.
Career Possibilities: Women in Local Industry
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.
Activities are led by professionals working in local industry. Activity stations are set-up in the Teen Conference area by local employers and organizations so that students may participate in an activity with representatives of the organization. You provide all materials for your own activity.
Visit 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.
Take it to the Bank
Students choose a career, buy a home, and learn about making a dollar stretch.
Understanding How Media Affects Us
We are bombarded with thousands of images and messages daily on the Internet, on television, and in the world around us that affect how you feel about yourself. Social media posts sell ideas. Companies use techniques designed to make you feel bad so that you buy their products. What can you do about it? We’ll problem-solve together.
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