“We don’t get asked about how we feel about things going on,” says 19-year old Jermaine. Student ACES does ask and cares.
Jermaine was invited to a Student ACES meeting by a high school classmate. “For some reason, I went to the meeting and seeing familiar faces made me feel more comfortable. The topics we talked about were important to me. They make you feel like everyone has a voice.”
Student ACES introduces student-athletes to a variety of different character education and skill-building programs and career opportunities, all with the goal of inspiring and developing high school athletes to become men and women of character, honor, and integrity. Jermaine received credentials that help him spot mental illness. He learned how to help write grant requests for Student ACES in the Glades.
“We do a lot. We participate in toy giveaways. In school, they encouraged me to get help, to go to tutoring. It was easy and it’s what I needed. They have experienced people who guide you; you make a one-on-one personal connection with them. That’s the Student ACES style.”
Jermaine is now working at a solar energy company, building frames for the panels. Student ACES gave him a strong work ethic and put him on a career path. He plans to go on to trade school for electrical.
He worked for Student ACES right after high school. Now as an alumnus of the program, Jermaine wants to teach the next generation of Student ACES. He said, “Whatever they ask me to do, I’ll do,” says the impressive former Student ACE!
Some 30,000 Student ACES are making Palm Beach County a better place.