Local Leaders Kick Off 'Team Lubbock' - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/21/05

Local Leaders Kick Off 'Team Lubbock'

A check worth almost $200,000 will give 30 area sophomores a chance to pursue their dreams. At city hall on Monday,  a new program called Team Lubbock accepted grant money from Worksource of the South Plains.  The program will pair students with mentors in the business community.  Mayor Marc McDougal says, "I've been fortunate to have a lot of good role models and mentors, but all of our youth aren't that forturnate and they all deserve that opportunity. I think this will give them that opportunity and allow businesses to get involved."

So far, five Lubbock businesses have committed to help Team Lubbock, but they need many more. The goal is to expand the program to include hundreds of students and businesses. Crystal Rogers and Jordan Mealem are two of 30 students who have been chosen to participate in the hands-on program. Jordan says, "I want to be in the movie industry and animation and cartooning and dubbing/translating foreign films." Crystal says, "I want to be in the medical field somewhere. I think it'd be fun to help people. I think I would feel confident about myself and feel better about the world."

Mary Ann Rojas, WorkSource of the South Plains Executive Director was instrumental in starting Team Lubbock.  She says, "They want to do good in life and this is going to be a way to help them reach their goals.  It's not just about going and having lunch in a cafeteria."

Crystal says, "I'm really happy they did this and I'm a part of it." and Jordan agrees saying, "I think it's going to help me a lot. I've always wanted to go to college and start my own business."

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Students and businesses interest in the Team Lubbock mentoring program can contact Rex Boyles at WorkSource. That number is (806) 687-5627.

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