Thrive Clermont Teen Advisory Council (TAC) offers opportunities for up to 40 students annually, to be directly involved in the creation, planning and execution of programs offered to area teens. Each TAC member receives individual mentoring to identify and build the students’ skills. This diverse council offers a unique opportunity for students who serve to experience volunteer/leadership roles that enrich learning.
Students are guided and motivated at monthly meetings. Using an approach inspired by the Harkness Method, the student receives advance information and resources on the monthly self-leadership topic. The meeting creates the opportunity for participation from all members facilitated by our founder, Sheri Lewin. The student’s development in communicating ideas in a group setting while practicing active listening, grows noticeably over the six-month period of service. This program has raised confidence and self-awareness in participating students.
As a result, TAC members regularly interact in the community with local government officials, business owners, and community leaders to promote Thrive’s mission, Empowering Teens to Succeed. These students are giving an authentic voice to an underserved demographic. Additionally, members of the TAC have had high levels of success in acquiring jobs, internships, and scholarships.
Note: As a TAC members, you will be committing to a 6-month period of serving your community with Thrive Clermont.
Teen Advisory Council
Applications Open in December!
Interviews in January
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Help shape Thrive Clermont as a member of our Teen Advisory Council and have a real impact on your community | Learn about Thrive's Impact >
Choose areas that interest you like event planning committees or social media and communications teams | See Areas of Interest >
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Areas of Interest
Applications are open in December and will close on January 31 for our Spring Teen Advisory Council. Interviews for applicants will be scheduled as applications are received. We only accept 20 students per semester.
Each TAC member will choose to serve on one or more of our teams:
Website/ App Development Team – weekly zoom Thursdays at 5:30pm - TAC members on this team will be a part of the design and development of Thrive’s new custom website. Led by a Professional Mentor students will provide input and learn simple coding from a programming professional Skills gained: brainstorming in a group, developing a strategic process, performance analysis, SEO, Coding and more.
Video Team – weekly zoom Wednesdays at 4:30pm plus monthly in person recording sessions - Students on the video team will participate in the production of TAC Talk – Teens Advancing Conversation, a new youtube series/podcast. Mentored by a professional videographer, students will have opportunity to work as a Talk TAC interview host, serve on the filming crew, or support post-production editing for 9 episodes per semester. Skills gained: scriptwriting, interviewing skills, filming, editing, music, and production of videos.
Social Media Team – weekly zoom Wednesdays at 4:30pm - Students on the Social Media Team will support the design and execution of Thrive’s dynamic social media campaigns. Mentored by a PR/Marketing professional,
Students work in platforms like Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Facebook to engage with various stakeholders. Skills gained: brainstorming in a group, developing a strategic process, graphic development, copywriting, time management, data analysis. And safe, online engagement.
Event Planning Team - Weekly Thursday zooms at 4:30pm plus attendance at events . TAC members on the Event Planning Team shadow adult volunteers on all aspects of Thrive’s Adulting Workshops, Summer PopUps, and GiveBack Days. Students learn about and support the many tasks required to develop, fund, and implement the dynamic programs that Thrive offers. Skills gained: creative problem solving, multitasking, budgeting, establishing SOPs and FAQs, written and oral communication.
Community Outreach (All members, optional) - date/time varies
TAC members gain public speaking experience by presenting our dynamic teen program successes to local groups such as the Kiwanis Club, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, City of Groveland City Council, Clermont City Council, South Lake Business Leaders, and more. Thrive TAC members also volunteer in the Thrive Clermont booth at Community Events such as Groveland’s Founder’s Day, Law Enforcement’s National Night Out, and Pig on the Pond.
Plus Monthly In Person Meetings the second Friday of the month.