Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program Gives Back! Mentors and student came together April 26, 2018, for our monthly visit and volunteered with Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. The Carnival volunteers added new landscaping, painted the parking lot, cleaned up the playground and gave a fresh look to the offices and game room.
Students and mentors came together in March for our monthly School-to-Work visit. Program alumnus Nicole Cruz visited Carnival and encouraged students to continue trying their best in school. Seniors learned more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami and UNCF scholarship opportunities.
On February 28, students and mentors came together for their monthly School-to-Work visit. We celebrated Black History Month with guest speaker United States District Judge Darrin Gayles. He spoke to mentees and mentors about his journey from living in the Midwest to becoming a federal judge appointed by former President Obama.
During our visit on January 25, students had a chance to participate in mock job interviews with representatives from companies in Miami-Dade, including LIME Fresh Mexican Grill, Burger King, Doubletree by Hilton, Breakthrough Miami, Starbucks, and more.
Before students went on winter break, they were treated to a special visit at Carnival. Marc Buoniconti inspired students and mentors with his life story and his work with The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis & The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. He emphasized to our students to make right decisions, have a positive outlook on life and to help others.
On November 16, students and mentors arrived at Carnival’s headquarters for their November visit, where Breakthrough Miami hosted an academic counseling session for freshmen and sophomores. Junior and senior girls were also treated to a beauty tutorial full of professional styling tips from Bloomingdale’s best.
Students enjoyed a festive visit to Carnival’s headquarters on October 26. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors participated in academic enrichment sessions provided by Breakthrough Miami. Additionally, some students were able to hear from program alumnus Francia Alexander as she spoke about her experience in the program, mentorship, college, and pursuing post-graduate degree.
The first visit of the 2017-2018 Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program was Sept. 29, 2017, and it was full of “hellos.” Returning students caught up with their mentor after a summer apart. Freshmen students met their new mentor and got to break the ice with a introductory session hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami President Gale Nelson.
For our April Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program visit, students and mentors learned more about Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald. Mr. Donald spoke about growing up in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward and his journey to becoming one of the most powerful African American men in the world. He left our students with a message that was repeated every day to him in high school: “Prepare yourselves. You’re going to run the world.”
During our March Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program visit, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Florida Memorial University, visited our students and mentors. She spoke about her journey from a small-town West Virginian girl with big dreams to her current role as a university president, and the impact of mentorship.
Selfies. Tweets. Snaps. Memes. For our February 2017 visit, students and mentors got a crash course on the dos and don’ts of social media from Youth Life Coach and Guidance Counselor Rockell Bartoli. Mentors were also honored for their hard work in honor of National Mentoring Month.
To ring in the New Year, Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program students went onboard Royal Princess, a ship in Carnival’s sister-brand Princess fleet. The students got to see first-hand what it’s really like on a cruise ship! For many, this was the first time they had ever visited the ship, and everyone enjoyed learning about the operation. They also enjoyed lunch and a tour before returning to Carnival.
Students from the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program and their mentors were treated to a fun lesson about behavioral styles by Carnival Cruise Line’s very own Chief People Officer Ron Phillips.
During the fall visit, the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program students were joined by Breakthrough Miami, who taught the students how to apply efficient and effective study skills, as well as how to prepare for the ACT and SAT.
A new school year has kicked off, and that mean a new group of freshman students are joining our Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program. On this first school-to-work visit, all of the students met with their mentors and learned what was planned for the year ahead!
For the final visit of the 2015-16 school year, Miami artist Romero Britto visited the students and shared is passion for art and the road to achieving success. During the bittersweet visit, we also said goodbye to the seniors and recognized several students for their outstanding work and participation in the program. Have a great summer!
He invests millions in hopeful entrepreneurs each week on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” but recently Daymond John spoke to the students about his rise to becoming founder, president and chief executive officer of FUBU — “For Us, By Us” — a multi-million-dollar sportswear clothing brand. A true rags to riches story, John told this kids that passion for what you do should be the driving force, not money.
Another outstanding group of 15 Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program students earned a four-year college scholarship purchased from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation by Carnival Foundation. The scholarships and laptops for the 2016 recipients were presented at half-time during a Miami HEAT basketball game. Miami HEAT President of Business Operations Eric Woolworth, Vice President of Player Programs Alonzo Mourning, Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho, Senator Ron Silver and founder of the Florida Prepaid College Program Stanley G. Tate were on hand to congratulate the students.
Bloomingdale’s Miami, along with Clinique make-up, came to Carnival during a school-to-work visit to give the junior girls make-up tips, advice on dressing appropriately and being professional on social media. These important lessons will help the girls achieve success on all levels.
Special guests Tracy and Alonzo Mourning joined students and mentors to share their stories and wisdom about life’s challenges and overcoming adversity. They also addressed girls and boys individually to discuss topics significant to each group.
The Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program kicked off its ninth year with its first visit in September. Thirty new freshmen joined the program and were eager to meet their new “bigs.” The program now consists of more than 100 students and mentors. Fun Ship Freddy was on hand to greet the kids as they connected with their mentors, took photos and enjoyed breakfast.
The final school-to-work visit of the school year for the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring students is always bittersweet. While various students are recognized for their outstanding work and participation in the program, it’s also time to say good-bye and good luck to the graduation seniors. We’ll see everyone back at Carnival next school year!
Students from our Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program learned about different career paths and job skills from our Career Exploration Panel featuring vice presidents and directors from nine Carnival departments. The panel discussed what it takes to obtain the position you want and spoke about how there is no single path to success, but there are skills and qualities that play a big role in getting you there.
This year, the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Students took a field trip to Florida International University (FIU) to see what college life is like. The students were given a walking tour of the campus that included the dorms, gym, classrooms, the Stocker AstroScience Center, library, bookstore and more. Everyone was able to get a glimpse into what it’s like to be a college student.
Once again, the Carnival Foundation awarded 16 students in the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program with a four-year college scholarship purchased from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. For the 2015 recipients, Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison, Miami HEAT retired star and current Vice President of Player Programs Alonzo Mourning, Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho and founder of the Florida Prepaid College Program Stanley G. Tate were on hand at half-time during the HEAT basketball game to congratulate the students.
During the January Scholarship and Mentoring Program school-to-work visit, students had the opportunity to practice their interviewing skills during mock interviews with local companies. Representatives from the businesses came to the Carnival headquarters and sat down for one-on-one interviews with the students, who received critiques so they could learn how to give a great interview.
Everyone had a blast at the annual holiday party for the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program students and their mentors. The students also brought their families, and it was a fabulous night with great food and music by DJ RBK.
The Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program students had a nice surprise at their January meeting at Carnival’s headquarter offices. Actress Gabrielle Union was a guest and spoke to the kids about her path to stardom. Both the students and the mentors enjoyed hearing her inspiring words.
The Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program started the 2014-15 school year with a visit to Carnival’s headquarter offices in September. The visit was the first for the new freshman students who were welcomed into the program. Fun Ship Freddy was on hand to greet the kids as they connected with their mentors, many meeting them for the first time.
In 2010, Carnival Foundation awarded 15 students in the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program with a four-year college scholarship purchased from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. They were the first class of students to receive the scholarship, and four years later the recipients are starting to graduate from college. Congrats!
The Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program students had their final visit to the Carnival headquarters for the last time during the 2013-14 school year. During the morning activities, seniors received their completion certificates, gave moving speeches and honored their mentors. Students with the highest GPAs from all grades got an exciting selection HEAT prizes, including signed jerseys and basketballs signed by the entire team. Good luck to all graduating seniors!
During their school-to-work event, students of the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program ventured from Carnival’s headquarters to visit the HEAT offices. Here they got to meet the HEAT dancers, pose with the NBA championship trophies and sit at the mic in the press conference room. Everyone had a great time!
This year Carnival Foundation awarded 16 students in the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program with a four-year college scholarship purchased from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. For the 2014 recipients, Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison, Miami HEAT retired star and current Vice President of Player Programs Alonzo Mourning, and Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho were on hand at half-time during the HEAT basketball game to congratulate the students.
Every year Carnival Foundation throws a memorable holiday party for the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program students and their mentors. With great food and music by celebrity spin master DJ Irie, everyone agreed that it was the best party of the season.
Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald spoke to the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program students about his career and achieving success. Prior to his arrival, the students and mentors answered questions about themselves during a fun game and “first impression” awards were given out to students who stood out as they arrived at Carnival.
Miami HEAT player Shane Battier welcomed the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program students back for the 2013-14 school year. Returning students met up with their Carnival “big” while the freshman “littles” met the Carnival mentors for the first time.
Every year Carnival Foundation awards 15 students in the Carnival Scholarship and Mentoring Program with a college scholarship purchased from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. For the 2013 recipients, Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison and Miami HEAT retired star Alonzo Mourning were on hand to congratulate the students.