This summer the Mentorship program expanded its outreach by not just following academic achievement, but by also mentoring our student/athletes into the workforce. During this past summer, Brea Rodgers, Arely Torales, Ana Mendez all worked with BTST. The job/internship included clerical work, research and community outreach. We here at BTST strongly believe that getting real work experience is beneficial to overall growth of an student/athlete. Giving high school and first year university students life skills will open doors that were not previously accessible. Additionally, by employing BTST student/athletes we were able to expand our outreach to various communities throughout Toronto. This was achieved by using promotional tools like having our students write articles on an online platform and use guerrilla tactics like handing out flyers and promoting at festivals and events.
Conversely, through our partnerships with employment agencies like LEF, Learning Enrichment Foundation and VPI Work Solutions we were also able to help other members of the BTST family to find meaningful employment like, LEF daycare services, Milestones, Party City and the KEG. Again, by working on the three pillars of wrestling, academics, and life experience students will be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. Overall it was a great experience for the kids. Here are some testimonials.
I enjoyed working and learning with BTST. I was able to get out of my comfort zone and learn something everyday. It also beat flipping burgers.
I feel that my resume will be so much better now that I am able to add BTST as an employer.