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Parents Investing in their Child’s Success



Teresa Thompson-Pinckney, Ed.D.

Back-to-School, Inc.

910-764-TEEN (8336)

Supporting the Transition from Summer to the New School Year!

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (July 30, 2015) – Back-to-School, Inc. is sponsoring the 5th Annual Back-to-School Teen Explosion Conference© on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Westover Recreation Center, 10:00am-2:00pm. The purpose of the Conference is to provide an annual end of summer event that encourages teenagers to plan for a successful school year and apply themselves at the highest level upon going back to school.

Back-to-School, Inc. understands the annual August ritual of parents getting ready to send their teenager back-to-school. The month is full of shopping for clothes, book bags, school supplies, and other important items to increase school success. The purchase of these monetary items is very important, but just as critical is the non-cognitive development of teens. This type of development comprises of academic success behaviors, skills, and attitudes needed to ensure students transition into the new school year; ready to learn. Research suggests that these soft skills increase high school success and career & college readiness.

For a parents’ investment of $20, teens can participate in a day filled with educational and fun activities. Teens will attend workshop sessions on school success, college preparation, effective communication skills and workforce development as well as, a Career & Community Expo. A new feature this year includes a track for high school seniors ONLY, entitled “It’s My Senior Year & I don’t know where to Start!

The 5th Annual Back-to-School Teen Explosion Conference© is the PREMIER end of summer event that encourages teenagers to plan for a successful school year and apply themselves at the highest level upon going back to school.

Premier Sponsors for the Back-to-School Teen Explosion Conference© include the City of Fayetteville, Fayetteville/Cumberland Parks & Recreation, Fayetteville Observer, T. Pinckney & Associates and AmeriCorps VISTA. Jade Quality Care, Inc. is serving as the Teen Cafe' Lunch Sponsor and Steps to the Future is the "Parent Lunch-n-Learn" Sponsor. The Mind OVER Matter Youth Development Institute is the "Senior Success" Sponsor and in addition, "Making A Difference” Sponsors include Epsilon Rho Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Fayetteville/Fort Bragg Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity Inc., and Great Oak Youth Development Center. Community Citizen Sponsors include Colin Brown, Dawn Holmes and Bernard Thompson. Other contributors include Auto Zone, McDonalds, New Deli, PDQ, Rite Aid, Studio 26 and Wendy’s.

Pre-Registration required. Spaces are limited, for additional information regarding registration, please visit or call 910-764-TEEN (8336).

Back-to-School, Inc. is a national nonprofit that develops and supports efforts that increase academic success for students. For more information, visit our website at or contact us at 910-764-8336.

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