Congratulations, Patrick Jones!

Hobbies: Working, Music and being a DJ
Top 3 Dream Careers: Owning his own business, being a realtor, or radio personality

ST. PETERSBURG – Patrick Jones has been an active member of the Cohort of Champions since its inception in 2017 and is graduating from Boca Ciega High School Class of 2020. He has participated in the cohort’s after-school training program and the Summer Workforce Training and Leadership Academy.

Through his love for music, Patrick has developed a passion for providing DJ services for special events. He was even featured as a guest DJ at this past year’s Honoring Champions Celebration alongside Mayor Rick Kriseman and DJ Wynn of WTMP.  During his senior year of high school, he worked at Taco Bell and is working toward starting his own business as a DJ.

Patrick plans to pursue an associate degree at St. Petersburg College and transfer to a state university to complete his bachelor’s degree in business.

The Cohort of Champions exposed me to professional careers and positive black men that inspired me to feel like I can be great in life,” said Patrick. “The cohort gave me the information I can use to achieve my dreams, and it helped make college more of a realistic goal for me.”

Patrick’s proudest accomplishment is graduating high school and having the chance to pursue his dream of owning his own business.

The City of St. Petersburg’s Cohort of Champions funds entrepreneurial and educational training opportunities for African-American male and female youth. The program also provides participants with opportunities for skill-building, leadership-focused workshops and events, mentoring, tutoring, academic advising, and wraparound services. Participants must be 12-24 years old.

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