Birmingham’s local coffee company, Royal Cup, welcomed Tarrant High School students to give them an experience they would never forget. Royal Cup provided a taste of both their products and the real world as they guided the students through their facilities and allowed them to see a myriad of different careers they could have one day. “The most meaningful part was that we got to see the job setting in real time, with workers doing their jobs” Aidan O. “They get more experience from programs such as JA Job Shadowing than most people ever get before they walk into a job interview for the first time,” Royal Cup volunteer Gena Hyatt, agrees.
Multiple employees took the opportunity to teach the students about the diverse paths they took to get to their career today, and showed the students that there are different ways to achieve their goals. Mrs. Hyatt’s words “work hard and relentlessly,” showed through every story, no matter the speaker. High school junior Auyana, when asked what she will take away from her Royal Cup experience tells us, “never give up, even through the bad times… Work hard and make every day your best day. “
Tarrant senior, Joel S. tells us to “give every kid a chance to see something new to change their perspective on life,” and that is exactly what the JA Job Shadow program aims to do. Thank you to Tarrant High School and Royal Cup for building a stronger community and BIRGHTER FUTURES!