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This past summer, the African American Chamber  provided two-hour workshops and training on Thursdays and/or Fridays in June and 1-hour shadowing and mentoring opportunities for ages 12-15 in July.  There was also a 4-week computer class during June.  Transportation was provided by Lane College. Coordinators were Mary Weddle and Margaret Kimmins.

For ages 16-18, The Chamber also provided 12 paid summer jobs,  funded by the City of Jackson, during the month of July.  Job sites included  Family Healthcare of Jackson, Food Rite, It's Printed, Lane College Athletic Department, Nell Huntspon Flower Box, RIFA, The Harris Agency, and Walgreens-South Highland.

BancorpSouth President Doug Roth hosted a luncheon for Follow Me teen workers, parents and leaders of the Jackson Madison County  African American Chamber on July 21, 2015 at the main branch located at 301 E. Main St.  This was the second year the bank has hosted the event.

Members of 2015 Follow Me Into Business Summer Jobs Program toured Jackson Energy Authority (JEA) on July 24, 2015

City Tour

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Twenty participants in the 2016 Follow Me Into Business® Summer Jobs Program for ages 12-18 learning about old and new places in their hometown can be lots of fun.  This year, the City Tour took the youngsters to the County Court House, The NED and to Casey Jones Museum. At the museum, that had a rousing good time learning about the real Casey Jones, his fireman Sid and the man who wrote the famous Legend of Casey Jones followed by a scavenger hunt that gave them the opportunity to collaborate and to learn the more of the information presented. Special thanks to Lane College and a great driver for transportation.

The 2017 Follow Me Into Business Summer Jobs Program wrapped up July 20th and 21st with an Awards Banquet featuring UTM's Tara Tansil-Gentry and a tour of area sites.

Outlining the dangers of social media to future opportuntiies and showcasing new technology,  Tara Tansil-Gentry spoke to program participants and parents the Follow Me Awards Banquet on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at T.R. White Sportsplex.  She cautioned young people to be careful about friend connections, messages and photos posted on Facebook, Snapchat and other social media that might impact future job opportunities, run afoul of legal standards and/or expose them to predators. A former basketball coach and current UTMartin lecturer, she is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents Mobilization and Technology Review Team, which studies the potential use of new technology in the classroom. 

On Friday, some participants took advantage the  City Tour to visit McKellar Sipes Airport, Armstrong Flooring and the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center where they were met by Brownsville Mayor Bill Rawls (See second from left in photo).

Follow Me Into Business Activities:

  • Membership meetings
  • Workshops
  • Shadowing
  • Mentoring
  • Internships
  • Guest Speakers
  • Summer Jobs for students, ages 16-18
  • Corporate Tours

Since the program began, the Jackson Madison County African American Chamber has served nearly 600 students.  Currently, the program is only available to students residing in Jackson, TN.  For more information, call 731-424-2030.

Photo above: Madison County Deputy Mayor Tony White welcomes Follow Me participants into the county building here businesses are opened, marriage licenses secured and court judges rule.

Photo above:  Follow Me into Business participants prepare to tour Madison County Court House.