Summer work program in New Smyrna Beach exposed teens to volunteerism, job readiness, college prep

Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in New Smyrna Beach established a Save our Sons & Daughters Youth Summer Work Program to share with local youth the importance of volunteerism, job readiness to plan for the workforce, and college prep.

The Rev. Jeffrey Dove (holding megaphone) is coordinated the Sons of Allen Ministry’s “Save Our Sons” march on May 15 in Dayton Beach.(DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR/HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPH.COM)
The Rev. Jeffrey Dove (holding megaphone) is coordinated the Sons of Allen Ministry’s “Save Our Sons” march on May 15 in Dayton Beach.
(DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR/HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPH.COM)

The five-week program consists of 12 students between the ages of 14-18 years old who are assigned to various sites to volunteer, including the City of New Smyrna Beach, Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum, Boys and Girls Club, and the Babe James Community Center. Participants included New Smyrna Beach Police Chief Mike Coffin.

Paid for participation
Each student will be paid $500 by the church at the conclusion of the program.

“In light of the atrocities happening around our country, I believe it is my responsibility as clergy and pastor to create programs for children in this age range, as they often go underserved,” said the Rev. Jeffery Dove, founder of the program and pastor of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church.

The program ends Friday, July 3, at noon with a banquet sponsored by former New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer at his restaurant, SoNapa Grille.

For more information about the program, contact Rev. Dove at 386-855-4087.

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