7th Annual Rising Above! Youth Explosion

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7th Annual Rising Above! Youth Explosion

Get ready for an unmissable event on July 17-18, 2024, as St. Pete College in Clearwater, Florida, gears up to host the much-anticipated Clearwater Neighborhood Family Center’s 7th Annual Rising Above! Youth Explosion.

This two-day event promises to inspire, educate and empower the youth with an array of activities, workshops and speakers.


What to Expect at the Rising Above! Youth Explosion

The Rising Above! Youth Explosion stands out as a beacon of hope and opportunity for young people looking to make a difference in their lives and communities.



Promo video from last year’s event: https://youtu.be/eje2sBiAbtc



The event features an impressive lineup of speakers, including renowned motivational speakers, industry leaders, and successful entrepreneurs. They will share their personal stories of achieving success and making a positive impact in their respective fields. Attendees can look forward to hearing from:

– Nicole Stott, the Artistic Astronaut

– Jennifer Poirrier, Clearwater City Manager and Vice Mayor David Allbritton

– JayR, Founder of RH2G Management and Consultants Agency, US Army Veteran & Bronze Star recipient in combat



Interactive Workshops

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of interactive workshops designed to enhance their skills and broaden their horizons.


Networking Opportunities

The Youth Explosion offers a unique platform for networking with peers, mentors, and industry professionals. Attendees can connect with like-minded individuals, share experiences and build relationships that could prove invaluable in their future endeavors.


Entertainment and Activities

To ensure a well-rounded experience, the event will feature various entertainment options and recreational activities. Highlights include:

– Live Performances: Enjoy music, dance, and theater performances by talented young artists from the local community.

– STEM Activities: Participate in 3D Printing, Robotic Computer Mouse, Auto Driving Simulator, Robot Bomb Dog, Rolling Robot Transformer video, DoBot Robotic Arm, SBT Jet Ski Engine, Drone Competition, Gaming Truck.

– Wellness Sessions: Take part in yoga, meditation, and fitness classes to promote physical and mental well-being.


Registration and Participation

Early registration for the 2024 Rising Above! Youth Explosion is now open. Interested participants can register online through the event’s official website. The registration fee includes access to all workshops, keynote sessions, and activities, as well as meals and event materials.



St. Pete College, located at 2465 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33765, will host the event. The campus offers state-of-the-art facilities and a welcoming environment for all attendees.


Why Attend the Rising Above! Youth Explosion?

Attending the 2024 Rising Above! Youth Explosion means embracing a unique opportunity to learn, grow and connect with others. This event aims to equip young individuals with the tools and inspiration they need to rise above challenges and achieve their fullest potential. By participating, you will:

– Gain Valuable Knowledge: Learn from industry experts and thought leaders.

– Develop New Skills: Enhance your abilities through hands-on workshops.

– Expand Your Network: Meet and connect with peers and mentors.

– Have Fun: Enjoy a range of entertainment and recreational activities.


Don’t miss out on this incredible event that promises to empower and uplift the youth of today. Register now and take the first step towards a brighter future at the 2024 Rising Above! Youth Explosion at St. Pete College in Clearwater, Florida.


For more information and to register, visit the https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-rising-above-youth-explosion-tickets-793514452087


To view the event’s sponsors, click here: https://youtu.be/oE65apyxMPk


Event Schedule


Day 1

July 17, 2024

3rd – 5th Grades

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.                   St. Pete College’s Jacob Wortock and his recruiting team greet buses and vans – Directs youth to registration inside ES Building. He will instruct group leaders to have their youth wait outside until they have completed the registration process. Youth will pick up their backpacks on their way towards the breakfast tables – located on the ground floor in the ES Building.


9:45 a.m.                               Participants must be seated in the auditorium.

Bubble Artist Blaise Ryndes – Spheres Bubble Show Entertainment

9:55 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

– St. Pete College’s Associate Provost Cheri DeBlare welcomes youth to the campus.

– Announcements about Sponsors, Rules, Schedule, Lost & Found, HELP, & Introduction of Drummers

– City Manager Jennifer Porrier will address the youth on behalf of the City of Clearwater

10:05 a.m. – 11 a.m.           Drumming Dance

Bubble Artist Blaise Ryndes – Spheres Bubble Show Entertainment

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.                 Francie Druding – Yoga

Animal Adventure – Reptiles

Dance Room

Game Truck – Virtual Reality

12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.            LUNCH – LUNCH – LUNCH – LUNCH – LUNCH – LUNCH

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.        Calming Bottles or Lava Lamps

Game Truck

Paint Pouring – Johannes Quilitz

Nami – Destini Gill – St. Pete College – Demetria Coleman/Stress Buster/Superhero Activities

Tracts: Mental Health; Yoga/Stress Busters; Art

Paint Pouring; Game Truck; Echnology; Physical Activity – Dance Room; STEM – Calming Bottles; Nature – Reptiles

Overflow Activities – Evara Health; Living Lab: Name: New Vision Behavior Health

Special Activities – Flash Mob Parade, Candy, Beads and Mask, Colors: Yellow – Green – Purple


Free Food and Gifts at the Events

  • Wendy’s breakfast sandwiches – bacon/sausage egg cheese croissants; cheese with no meat sandwich
  • McDonald’s double cheeseburgers
  • Rita’s Ices
  • Burger King chocolate chip cookies
  • Jam’s Fruit & Produce
  • Water bottles
  • Backpacks full of school supplies provide by Evara Health
  • Gifts and Prizes – Boy bike/Girl bike – one child will win!
  • Additional gifts and prizes


Day 2

July 18, 2024

6th – 12th Grades

9 a.m.

– St. Pete College’s Associate Provost Cheri DeBlare welcomes youth to the campus.

– Clearwater Vice Mayor David Allbritton will address the youth on behalf of the City of Clearwater

– Registration and Breakfast

9:30 a.m. – PAL Drum Core leads group from ES Building to the Auditorium.

9:35 a.m. – Staff introduces a youth to sing or do Pledge of Allegiance and talk about the schedule for the day, the program, the tracks, food, gaming truck, sports teams, skateboard drawing, Xbox incentive and photo booth

9:45 a.m. – Staff introduces SPC Provost for a Welcome.

9:50 a.m. – SPC Provost introduces Ms. Stott, an astronaut to show pictures from outer space.

10 a.m. – Staff introduces dignitaries in the audience and JayR, a speaker

10:25  – The Stompdown Steppers lead the kids from the Auditorium to ES for Wellness Wonderland. Activities in Wellness Wonderland are Stress Reducer, Emotion Charades, Mindful Minute, Post It Affirmations, Living Lab, Suncoast Center, Zero Suicide, Calming Bottle Art, Paint Pouring, Reptile Display and Karate

Djuan Ballinger, President/Executive Director of The Stompdown Steppers

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch with fruit snacks, water and Rita’s ices available.

Youth have until 11:30 a.m. to go through some activities. Youth can go back to Wellness Wonderland. At p.m., the STEM Activities open and the youth can go back and forth. Some activities like the reptiles can only be inside and only with us for a couple of hours because of heat and excitement.

12 p.m. – STEM Robotics Track starts. The activities available are 3D Printing, Robotic Computer Mouse, Auto Driving Simulator, Robot Bomb Dog, Rolling Robot Transformer video, DoBot Robotic Arm, SBT Jet Ski Engine, Drone Competition, Gaming Truck and BUCS/Lightning/Rays fun items.

1:30 p.m. – Prize drawings start (must be present to win). Check registration for list of winners for a skateboard, certificates, and the Center awards.

3 p.m. – End of event. Pick up Letter to Myself. Get it back to us by July 24th and be entered into a $25 drawing.






Clearwater Neighborhood Family Center

900 N Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755




Enriching the lives of children and families in the spirit of community and common goals by being a resource for collaborative partnerships.


Related articles:

Rising Above! Youth Explosion 2023

Rising Above! Youth Explosion 2021

Rising Above! Youth Explosion 2020

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