Monday, July 7, 2014

Youth Preparedness Camp Teaches Students Valuable Safety Skills

Three Academy of Choice (AOC) seniors are using a portion of their summer to make their campus the safest in Spring Branch ISD.

On June 23, the three AOC students — Christopher Chatman, Yancey Elguezabal and Anthony Ortega —  began a five-day Youth Preparedness camp at the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University in San Marcos.

They were joined at the special camp by AOC’s Joel Smith, a Virtual High School coordinator and math teacher, and Nicole Harris, who leads the Social Studies Dept. and is a leadership teacher. Ms. Harris is also SBISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.

The Texas School Safety Center has developed a statewide approach to individual and community preparedness that includes emergency response training, community specific action planning, and leadership development for teenagers.

Students and adult-sponsors who attended the Texas School Safety Center’s Youth Preparedness camp received a basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) certification and training in community-focused action planning and leadership development.  

Chatman, Elguezabal and Ortega aim to create a student-led environment of greater safety and security on their campus, and to inspire greater student collaboration and community throughout the district. 

For more information on the Youth Preparedness Camp visit:

Related Youth Preparedness Camp Media Coverage:
"Youth Camp Focuses On Emergency Preps" - Keye TV


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