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Youth Expo to highlight summer opportunities

Sue Guinn Legg • May 13, 2014 at 12:21 PM

What are you going to do this summer? It’s the final grand question of the spring semester currently being put to scholars from grade school age through college.

For those still without answers, Thursday night’s annual Youth Expo at The Mall at Johnson City will offer some leads on a variety of fun, educational and community- and career-minded possibilities.

Hosted by the mall, the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance for Business and Training and Summit Leadership Foundation, the expo will showcase a variety of local summer activities, camps, college offerings and volunteer, job training and employment opportunities for the summer recess of school.

Set to run from 4-7 p.m. on the Mall’s upper level, the expo will also feature live entertainment and door prizes, including two free one-week summer camps.

With the school year winding down, Elisa Britt at the Chamber said the Youth Expo is designed to help students and parents decide what they’ll do this summer.

The Alliance for Business and Training, East Tennessee State University, Northeast State Technical Community College, King University, Johnson City Schools, the local Boy Scouts council, Appalachian Christian Camp, First Christian Church and several of the region’s youth services organizations will be among the exhibitors offering information on free and fee-for-service activities, conferences, day and resident camps, volunteer openings and opportunities for job training and summer employment available.

The evening will also include live entertainment by the Science Hill High School Jazz Band and Drill Team, two local dance troupes, the Cherub Choir and others. Door prizes to be awarded throughout the night will include two one-week residents camps, a one-year family membership at Hands On! Regional Museum, a Rita’s Ice party for 10, free movie passes and more.

“The expo offers parents many summertime options for children and targets teens by offering assistance with job and summer camp opportunities,” said Lottie Ryans, chairwoman of the chamber Board of Directors. “This is a win-win because parents can reduce their stress by planning ahead financially and time-wise, with an idea of activities to ensure their child can get plugged in over the summer months.”

“This expo can make the summer worry-free and stress-free so parents can focus on spending quality time with their child,” Ryans said.

Mall General Manager Tembra Aldridge said the mall is encouraging parents and students to attend the expo together.

“We want them to come together so they can all get information on the different programs available. It’s a great opportunity for parents and their children to decide on opportunities they can share, volunteer opportunities and what the children are interested in.”

Students should stop by the Guest Services Center on the mall’s lower level to receive a Passport to Success and be entered to win a free week at Appalachian Christian Camp.

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