Students from Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka visited Florida A&M University last week. [ Kenneth Monette | Contributed ]
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The SAFE Place sponsors FAMU visit for local teens

On Sept. 23, the SAFE Place PSJ, Inc., took nine youths from Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka to Florida A&M University to take part in their Fall Preview. 

Students were able to take part in a career fair and theater presentation and attend an HBCU football game, where FAMU played against Alabama State University.

Program Coordinator Kenneth Monette said “these trips are necessary to broaden students’ horizons and increase awareness of the world outside of their community.” 

“We want to provide students with the tools and resources to compete in the global economy and let them know that being from small communities like Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka should not hinder you from setting and reaching your goals.”  

Monette thanked fellow organizers, Pastor Johnnie and Pastor Shirley Jenkins, for allowing this event to take place, as well as Deacon Mitchel Smiley for driving the students to their destination. 

The SAFE Place, PSJ, Inc. is a 501c3, in conjunction with New Life Christian Center Church of Port St. Joe.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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