NFCAA’s signature youth program, Data Busters, helps teens ages 14-17 to prepare for the workplace through classroom instruction and practical paid work experience. During the six-week summer program, teens receive instruction on career topics such as conflict resolution, effective communication, team building and resume writing. Additionally, participants receive life skills training on money management, critical thinking, and nutrition. Classroom instruction, held at various educational institutions, helps teens master Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, which are essential tools in business. Data Buster students also work 10 hours each week at local nonprofit organizations and government agencies, which allows them the opportunity to apply their new knowledge in the workplace and earn wages.
NFCAA is proud to have educational partners such as Florida State College at Jacksonville in Duval and Nassau Counties; St. Johns River State College in Clay, Putnam and St. Johns Counties; the Baker County School District; and the Flagler County School District, that helped ensure area youth success in developing foundational work skills and gain employment experience. Many Data Busters Alumni attribute their experiences with helping them to envision future goals, establishing skills set and means to achieve their goals.
NFCAA chooses the top performing Data Busters participants in each of its seven counties to receive a laptop and printer. The agency will also present two of these youth with a $500 Leadership Scholarship at its Annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon.
Youth interested in participating in Data Busters should contact their local NFCAA office for an application and eligibility criteria.
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