Main Street Rotary Club (MSRC) of Columbia participated in the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Blazers program this quarter. Blazers is a 10-week leadership development course geared towards juveniles at DJJ. During the 10 weeks youth learn dressing for success, attitude is everything’s, college knowledge, the impact of community service, employment information and crucial public speaking skills. The program is offer one evening a week and begins with a trip to a foreign country to learn about fun facts from that country and how to properly hold conversation during dinner. To graduate from the program the youth must stand and give a 2 to 3 minute speech in front of an audience of 50-75 people. Upon graduation the youth are given a blue blazer, hence the name, that they can take home with them after they leave DJJ. MSRC’s participation was in coordination with the 2017-2018 Rotary Foundation District Grant and members of MSRC contributed a total of over 100 hours of service over the 10-week course sitting with the youth during dinner, participating in all the courses, and working one on one with the youth to construct their speeches. This first quarter the program graduated 10 young men as Blazers. The program will have another session start in July and the program accepts donations of blue blazers. For information about the program, participation or donations, please contact Matthew Morrison at MDMORR@scdjj.net.
MSRC members participating in the Blazers program.