By MARC LUTZ
Business Journal Editor
STOCKTON—Thousands of students from throughout San Joaquin County arrived at the Stockton Arena to hear messages of hope and encouragement.
The Trü Hope Youth Summit, being held for the third year in Stockton, was host to a bevy of inspirational and motivational speakers, stunt performers, artists, musicians and several others looking to help students stay on the right track in life.
“You can’t just sit around and hope,” said Jeremy Bates, a self-described “hope dealer,” who leads the Trü Hope team. “We’re dreamers up here, disbelievers in convention.”
Bates’ message was one of hope and self-confidence.
“The value we see when we look in the mirror will determine our abilities,” Bates said. He presented those in attendance with a simple acronym to help them achieve success: GAME, which stands for Grind, Assessing, Motivation and Excellence.
Bates said all of these factors come into play when it comes to being successful and overcoming adversity.
“If you know the ‘why,’ you can overcome the ‘how,’” Bates said, meaning that if we know what drives us, how a goal will be achieved is secondary.
The event is sponsored by many different entities, and is organized by the United Way of San Joaquin County and San Joaquin Delta College.
“We have a job fair where students can connect with employers and educational opportunities,” said Andy Prokop, president and CEO of United Way of San Joaquin County. “There are lot of next steps that students don’t know about.”
Prokop said that Bates and his crew were on-hand to motivate, and the job fair aspect — which included businesses, workforce development organizations, U.S. Military branches and vocational education outfits — would hopefully give the students some since of that next step.
Gricelda Albarado, a senior at Franklin High School said that is precisely why she was at the event.
“I wanted to know what (Trü Hope) is about. I heard about it last year,” Albarado said before the first program began. “I’m looking for a career path.”
For more on this story, pick up a copy of the November issue of Central Valley Business Journal after Nov. 1.