Donterrio Tate, Cinema Studies Major and Education Minor at Univ. of Tennessee, CoreFire Intern Trainer
Mentoring in Surrounding Neighborhoods
Consider the typical urban youth program which are run by adults. If one successful leader can inspire 10 youth to pursue a vocation, that would be a good year. Paying a full-time youth leader $35,000 a year, it would take $105 million dollars each year to inspire 30,000 students.
Consider the possibility of training and paying high school interns to mentor a team of 8 students. You can train 30,000 youth at a fraction of the cost of paying adults.
The other exciting thing about Vo-Zone’s run by Interns, when the Interns succeed, and they will succeed, the surplus income from ticket sales does not go to some board or stockholders, but rather goes to paying the Interns to extend the Vo-Zone programming into neighborhood community centers and schools. This will be a huge benefit to many neighborhoods in each Vo-Zone city.
When the Interns are trained at the Vo-Zone, their training includes how to facilitate robotics, engineering, leadership, drone technology, and other classes that will take place inside partnering locations.
This will work because we have successfully created our strategy of paying high school interns to teach teams of peer students using our revolutionary gamified system, supported with the CoreFire App. We have had over 50,000 youth experience this system. Using the income from ticket sales to the Vo-Zone provides the funding year in and year out. The Vo-Zone will lift whole communities by providing trained and paid Interns to mentor thousands of students at partnering locations throughout each Vo-Zone city.
Comments from Youth Participants at CoreFire Training Events:
South Park Elementary, “It was the funnest day of my life.”
Sherwood Middle School, “I have never had so much fun in my life!
Douglass High School, “I have never had this much fun.”
Craigmont Middle, “…most of all I loved how dedicated our coach was.”
Maddux Elem., “I wish we could come here every day!”
Dogwood Elem. “They taught you stuff in a fun way!”
American Way Mid. “I wish I could come here every week.”
Comments from Professionals at Teambuilding Events lead by Interns using the CoreFire System:
FedEx, “Best teambuilding I’ve been on.”
United Way, “Best team building EVER!!!”
Chick-fil-A, “Literally the coolest experience ever.”
Hosptial Wing, “Funnest thing I’ve done in a long time.”
Nike-Finance Dept., “Best team building event ever.”
Teach for America, “This was wickedly awesome!”
International Paper, “I’ve never experienced a team building event as unique as this one.”