Winter Haven High is the first of our schools to launch the School-to-Work mentoring program through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.
Twenty-four juniors from WHHS applied and were selected for the two-year program. They will participate in regular meetings with mentors from CenterState Bank as a way to gain valuable job skills and exposure to career opportunities; the mentorships are also designed to help students stay on track for graduation and develop a plan for life after high school.
Last week, the WHHS students were introduced to their mentors from CenterState and began learning about their roles with the bank.
“Our organization is excited about partnering with Polk County Public Schools and Winter Haven High School,” said Brett Rawls, chief administrative officer for CenterState Bank. “The opportunity to build relationships between our local team members and the brightest young people in our community will be mutually beneficial to everyone participating.”