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MSJC, CSUSM, Promenade Temecula launch youth leadership council

Promenade Temecula has teamed up with California State University San Marcos and Mt. San Jacinto College to launch the Promenade Temecula Leadership Council, a new program that will give Southwest Riverside County university, college and high school students the opportunity to increase their educational advancement opportunities and build career skills through mentorship from business and educational leaders in the community, according to Kym Espinosa, Director of Marketing at Promenade Temecula.

The Promenade Temecula Leadership Council will be offered on an annual, two-semester basis, providing participants the opportunity to develop business skills through real-life project experience. Students in the program will engage in leadership roles in research, marketing, event planning, and data analysis for various community projects throughout the semester.

“By giving students the opportunity to work side-by-side with local business leaders, the Promenade Temecula Leadership Council will help local youth to develop relationships with mentors and build key career skills that will be helpful to them throughout their lives,” says Espinosa. “In addition, the Council’s partnership with Cal State San Marcos and Mt. San Jacinto College - both colleges with Temecula campuses - will give participating students the opportunity to learn more about local and affordable options for higher education.”

According to Espinosa, “A primary goal of the new youth leadership council is to help support the decision-making process for students who might be unaware of advanced educations opportunities available to them.”

The first Promenade Temecula Leadership Council term is currently underway. The Council’s inaugural project is the upcoming TEEN EXPO event in April 2015, an annual event at Promenade Temecula in partnership with Southwest Healthcare System.

“Members of the new Youth Leadership Council will have the opportunity to collaborate with Southwest Healthcare team members on the development of new TEEN EXPO safety exhibits,” explains Espinosa. “Our local business leaders are eager to mentor and help these students grow, and we are excited to see how this teamwork elevates this popular event.”

To launch the Promenade Temecula Leadership Council, Promenade Temecula enlisted the help of both colleges, as well as local high school principals to select students who have proven to be strong leaders in academics, extracurricular actives, and personal achievements.

In addition to the experience, education and networking that this program provides, the high school students on the Council will also earn community service hours for their work performed as Leadership Council members.

The current Promenade Temecula Leadership Council term will end in May 2015. Participants for the second semester will be selected based on student submissions. For information on the program and how to apply for next semester’s term, visit www.promenadetemecula.com.

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