BAPA Teen Service Corps Celebrates Super Bowl Sunday with New Skills 

By Tim Moran  

The BAPA Teen Service Corps members met on Super Bowl Sunday and walked away with not only a slew of helpful tips to jump start their careers, but also some initial plans on ways to make a positive impact on the community.  

BAPA staff members Mary Jo Viero (executive director), Davia Douglas (associate director) and Tina Jenkins Bell (school liaison) gave a presentation on the best ways to deliver an “elevator pitch.”  

An elevator pitch, as described by the Center of Career Development at Princeton University, is “a brief way of introducing yourself, getting across a key point or two, and making a connection with someone” all in the span of about 30 seconds.  

A few of the teens presented examples of possible elevator pitches using the tips provided by the BAPA staff members such as repeating the other person’s name as soon as it’s mentioned so as not forget it later, offering a firm handshake and a smile.  

The specific steps of an elevator pitch, the greeting, stating who you are, what your goal is and a call to action, all within a minute, were met by each of the teenage presenters after some coaching.  

BAPA Teen Service Corps meetings are also half service-oriented, as the second half of the meeting involved the teens splitting into two groups, one with hopes of planning a 3-on-3 basketball tournament somewhere in Beverly/Morgan Park and the other working on an environmental public service announcement.  

The environmental group went over ideas such as creating video reels for social media in which they interview their classmates on what they think of the environment and which environmental issues concern them the most. The group hopes to turn the videos into a social media series that could, in turn, inspire neighborhood residents to think globally by acting locally.  

It’s an endeavor Naiyah Taylor, a veteran BAPA Teen Service Corps member and senior at Mother McAuley, looks forward to participating in.  

“I love (the meetings) because it allows time for the youth to collaborate and help make an impact on the community,” Taylor said.  

By attending the meeting, each teen was credited with two service hours. With a goal of reaching 500 service hours as a group by the end of May, the BAPA Teen Service Corps already logged in 233 hours as of the February meeting. 

 

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