ABTS 2022: Third Time’s a Charm!

 

Johnson & Johnson and FHI 360 are excited to host the third virtual Bridge to Employment (BTE) Alliance Building & Training Session (ABTS) with Student Ambassadors from August 29-September 2, 2022 and September 13, 2022. This year there will be 18 Student Ambassadors attending from communities in Australia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States. Ambassadors will complete a STEM2D team-based challenge project with other Student Ambassadors, participate in virtual sessions and informal discussions with other students and general participants, as well as meet and work with BTE alumni and share their BTE experiences. Above all else, student ambassadors will make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!

Meet this year’s Student Ambassadors!

Sabiha A., BTE United Kingdom

About Me: I am a very good listener. I work well when working with others and am a good communicator. I have strong decision-making skills and good time management. I can think empathetically and thoroughly in difficult situations.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I’m looking forward to meeting people from other countries and learning about their BTE experience.

Gabriela B., BTE United States

About Me: I was born in Nicaragua, and I came to the United States when I was 5years old. I am the oldest of three children. I am very hardworking; I like to work hard to achieve my goals and be successful, and make my parents proud of me. I am a very generous person that likes to help others when I see them in need, and I know I have the capability to help..

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: What I am looking forward to the most about ABTS is to learn about other BTE sites. To gain some skills like leadership, collaborating with others in a group, get better at public speaking. Meet new kids like me and be able to make friends that would be able to help each in the future. Being able to learn new skills to bring them to my BTE site and help it become better for future generations, and help other BTE sites to make them better as well. Share our experience and learn from each other, as well as give advice to each other because maybe we have done the same mistake the other person might be doing and we can help them to not make it.

Valerie B., BTE United States

About Me: I am going into 11th grade starting the 2022-2023 school year. I really like cats. I also like gaming a lot and watch a bunch of anime.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I’m looking forward to helping with BTE more and learning a lot from my experiences there.

 

Wilson C., BTE Singapore

About Me: I’m a person who loves to communicate and bond with others although sometimes I get too in depth and talk about irrelevant ideas. I am a person who is very easy to get along with, and a great friend.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am looking forward to growing as a better person myself and being more sensible into caring for my fellow ABTS friends, getting the project done and bonding with one another.

Tasfia C., BTE Australia

About Me: I am 15 years old. I was born in Bangladesh and that is also my background. I live in Sydney.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing the program and what it has to offer.

 

Za’Kiyah C., BTE United States

About Me: I am a Senior in high school who loves watching anime. I love meeting new people and experiencing new things. I currently have two jobs and will be having a fun, busy summer.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am most looking forward to meeting other people from around the world and getting to know them and building lasting relationships.

Jack E., BTE Dominican Republic

About Me: I am capable, active, and entrepreneurial.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I want to learn how to make a robot.

 

Liam G., BTE United Kingdom

About Me: I’m 17 and I’ve lived in the UK since I was 4. I was born in South Africa and like to travel there yearly. I’ve got a brother only a year younger than me and we get along really well. I’m studying Math’s, Psychology and IT in school and I’ve just been appointed as Head Boy.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I’m looking forward to meeting and working with other ambassadors from different places around the world. I believe it will be interesting learning about them and where they live and I am excited to make new friends.

Marcia H., BTE Mexico

About Me: I am an intelligent, creative, and innovative person who values leadership.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I hope to learn and absorb knowledge, experiences, and activities. I also hope to make new friends and learn about new cultures and other things.

Diteko L., BTE South Africa

About Me: I am not an opportunist but a visionary. I have a determined attitude and confidence. I love interacting with other people, learning, sharing ideas, and improving my skills.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: It has been awhile since I’ve been wishing to meet other BTE learners from different BTE sites, and I am excited to be meeting them soon. It is such a great opportunity and I am excited that now I will get to know and learn what they do.

Ruben L., BTE Mexico

About Me: I am friendly, funny, and curious. I like to play football and spend time with my friends and family.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I hope that I can perform well, use my knowledge. I am excited to know that I will interact with people from different countries.

Kamogelo M., BTE South Africa

About Me: I am a person who easily adapts to new situations. I enjoy challenges, especially mind games. I also like learning and gaining new skills.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am looking forward to getting the chance to discuss ideas on how to improve BTE. I am also excited to share my own BTE experiences with others.

Doondeeshwar P., BTE United States

About Me: I am 15-years old and a junior in high school. I am planning on going into medicine when I grow up. I love science.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am looking forward to the ABTS experience itself and the people I will meet.

 

Leidy R., BTE Dominican Republic

About Me: I am a reserved person. I like literature and sports.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I’m looking forward to getting to know new people who can share their BTE experiences. I am also looking forward to learning about new cultures.

 

Kashmyr S., BTE United States

About Me: I grew up in New York and moved to New Jersey in middle school. Since then, I’ve been pursuing my passions in video games and astronomy. I’m someone who is extremely determined to reach their goals and prosper. More importantly, I love meeting new people and experiencing new things.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am most looking forward to meeting the other ambassadors and learning what their experiences are like.

Charles S., BTE United Kingdom

About Me: I am a committed, motivated and responsible student. Recently elected Head student by my peers and teachers, I have embraced anew found leadership role within my school and community. In addition to my ongoing A-level studies in English language, history and photography, I am also currently learning to drive and hope to pass my practical test in the near future.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: The ability to interact with different students my age across the world seems like a great opportunity to both boost my communication skills, and connect with people may of never spoken to in any other scenario. Seeing as this is a collaborative project as well also reinforces the appeal of working with different people.

Ryan T., BTE Australia

About Me: I am 16 years old, and I am studying in Year 10 in high school. I love to learn history and science, I love to draw, paint, play guitar and cook. I make friends easily and like meeting new people.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: Being able to interact with people around the world and being able to share our cultures with each other.

Rishi V., BTE Singapore

About Me: I am a 15 year old boy. I am currently studying in secondary 3.

What I’m Looking forward to at this year’s ABTS: I am looking forward to getting to know other people from the various BTE sites and getting to know what they do and how it is different from what my site does and also how we can improve the BTE program for the rest of my BTE mates.

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To learn more about this year’s ABTS, visit www.bridge2employment.org/abts/abts2022