Air Force teens focus on ‘college knowledge’
SAN ANTONIO – Air Force teen councils around the globe recently launched a new initiative to foster teen personal development and to create a positive impact on local Air Force communities.
Teen Movement challenges installation teen councils to conduct four large-scale projects throughout the year supporting four pillars: college preparedness, career development, entrepreneurship and community service.
The first project, College Knowledge, ran through March and focused on helping Air Force youth better prepare for their future as college students.
"The projects are important because they help create a sense of unity among the Air Force teens," said Kellie Hollingsworth, an Air Force Special Operations Command teen council delegate from Hurlburt Field, Fla. "Even though we're 100,000 miles apart, we're working together. I'm excited about the Teen Movement because it unifies Air Force teens globally."
Other projects throughout the year include:
• Steps to Success: (April through June) Teens will prepare for future job opportunities via resume writing, mock interviews and building other skills.
• Air Force Teens Give Back: (July through September) Teens will coordinate an event to raise awareness on a community cause and expand opportunities in Air Force Youth Programs.
• Air Force Teens Reach Out: (October through December) Teens will get involved in their communities and develop connections and awareness of local issues.
More than 50 Air Force teen leaders helped develop the projects during last year's Youth of the Year Ceremony and Teen Forum and at the Air Force Caring for People Conference. In December, the council held a winter meeting to fine-tune the projects and film a video spot to promote the 2012 initiative.
Last year's teen council project, "My Healthy Generation," involved more than 3,100 youth at 32 installations and brought in more than 330 new teens.
For more information about Air Force youth programs, visit www.afyouthprograms.com. To see the Teen Movement video, visit www.youtube.com/AFTeens.