Cohort of Champions kick-off annual Summer Leadership and Workforce Training Academy

ST. PETERSBURG — The Cohort of Champions — a signature program of the City of St. Petersburg’s My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper (MBSK) Initiative — is conducting the 2nd Annual Summer Leadership and Workforce Training Academy at Gibbs High School in partnership with the Arts Conservatory for Teens.

The Cohort’s young men have been learning the importance of a properly trained workforce, sharpening their math skills, receiving financial literacy and entrepreneurship training and have been working on a short film production about preventing bullying.

This summer, the Academy is invited to attend Pinellas Technical College (PTC) once a week to obtain a Cohort Summer Academy Maintenance Certification through a unique course developed in partnership with the school. There the Academy is learning valuable workforce training and skills, including how to repair a window screen, how to fix a broken water pipe and how to install a toilet.

The Cohort of Champions extends special thanks to Kyesha Robinson and Richard Wiggins at PTC for designing this custom course for the Academy that will lead to several work-related and entrepreneurship opportunities.

The Cohort of Champions is an ongoing open enrollment program. A Fall 2019 Sports Academy will begin following the start of the upcoming school year. For additional information about the Cohort of Champions and other MBSK programs, visit or contact the City of St. Petersburg Urban Affairs Department at 727-893-7885.

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