Summit presented meaningful workshops and fun events that challenged Brevard’s youth to prepare for success
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne hosted the 28th Annual Summit of Seven June 10-12. Delivering a range of life-changing community education programs to over 500 Brevard youth and young adults.
“The Summit of Seven is all about the most important resource in our community, namely our youth and young adults,” said EFSC President Dr. Jim Richey.
“Everyone involved deserves credit for their efforts to help them realize their potential and build highly productive and successful lives.”
The Summit featured meaningful workshops and fun events that challenged Brevard’s youth and young adults to prepare for successful careers and family life.
The conference was open to the public with approximately 260 attendees Friday night at the Annual Fun Festival where popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers and BBQ were served with support from several corporate sponsors such as Eastern Florida State College Foundation, Brevard Public Schools, Community Credit Union, WAWA Corporation, Truth Real International Ministries, Sanders-Randal Rice, Attorney, and the Air Force Technical Application Center.
Guest speakers included James Folston Sr., Myron Campbell and Darvin Taylor II.
“We are very honored to play a part in such an important event,” said Jack Parker, Vice President of External Affairs.
“It’s wonderful to see hundreds of our future students having fun and learning at their future college.”
Alongside the Summit of Seven conference, volunteers delivered meals to 22 homeless people and 10 families in need.
Saturday morning began an exciting day for boys and men with registration and breakfast at the Evans Center before beginning with breakout sessions spanning science, technology, engineering mathematics (STEM), law enforcement, financial literacy, corporate governance, public safety and mental issues health.
Saturday culminated with a community and company sponsored luncheon attended by 400 with LeRoy Darby as master of ceremonies. Several scholarships have been awarded to Brevard students, including two $1,000 EFSC scholarships and three Phi Beta Sigma scholarships.
“The Eastern Florida State College Public Safety Institute recently had the privilege of attending the Summit of Seven event,” said Steve Salvo, EFSC Dean of Public Safety.
“Our role was to familiarize the students with the three main professions taught at the EFSC Public Safety Institute, including firefighting, emergency services and law enforcement. We spent Saturday until noon interacting with the students, who were divided into four groups ranging in age from 6 to 18, in which they participated and experienced hands-on applications of firefighting equipment and emergency medical tools, and observed live demonstrations by law enforcement K- 9 and Bomb Squad teams in action.
The interaction between the Summit of Seven students and the public safety presentation team was remarkable.
“We really appreciate the Summit of Seven and the opportunity it gave me to meet these incredible young men,” said Salvo.
“A special thanks to our presenting team, Cocoa Assistant Fire Chief Sam Byrd, East Florida State Firefighters recruiting the Class 225, Andrea Jones and Cameron Maruzzella. East Florida State Emergency Medical Services Program Manager Jeff Touro and Law Enforcement Academy Class 22-L1 Recruit Ellison Gaulding.”
Several prizes were awarded over the weekend:
The Young Man of Distinction Award was presented to three young Brevardians who have become positive role models for others and have succeeded despite difficult life adversities:
■ Jacob Lamar Price – Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
■ Javel Cook – Eau Gallie High School
■ Xavier Torrell Desmond Patterson – Heritage High School
The Earl Gordon Community Service Award is presented annually to a person of outstanding service to the Brevard County community as a community leader. The Earl Gordon Community Service Award at the 28th Summit of Seven Boys & Men Conference was presented to Charles Jackson as a trailblazer.
The Going the Extra Mile award was designed to recognize people who provide solutions to solve complex problems faced by our community and those who make a significant difference in the community through their desire to create social change and improve community development. The Going the Extra Mile Award was presented to Pastor Addison K. Mitchell of the Parker Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in Cocoa Florida.
The Top Man Award the Summit of Seven conference introduced Pastor Addison Mitchell and Deon Allen of Parker Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in Cocoa, Florida, who brought most of the men to the Summit.
“Eastern Florida State College wholeheartedly supports the Summit of Seven’s mission and vision to stimulate interest in education for the young citizens of our district and to provide these young people with tangible, hands-on experiences in several of our applied programs during the Summit. such as public safety and fire protection services,” said Dr. Randall P. Fletcher, Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs and Chief Learning Officer at EFSC.
“Kids today need positive motivators and role models, and The Summit of Seven offers a program where young people can spend a day interacting directly with these important influencers.”