HNC CEO Teen-Parent Retreat
February 20-21, 2010
HNC hosted an outstanding Teen & Parent weekend at the Great Wolf Lodge. Thirty-nine teens along with their parents participated in the CEO program (Career, Education & Opportunities) over a two-day period. Participants from South Carolina, through the efforts of Palmetto Health and Hemophilia of South Carolina, joined the NC group for a terrific weekend.
The goal of CEO is to help young people ages 15-20 years old develop skills in career planning, goal setting, and financial understanding. During the day they had a job, a salary, a house, a bank account as well as a few unexpected surprise and challenges. They did an outstanding job in managing their finances and negotiating costs in the Reality Store where they shopped to meet all their needs. The teen group also shared some great information on programs and ideas for future retreats, which we are in the process of planning now.
The parents participated in a separate parent track and learned about the CEO program with activities and a discussion as a group on how they might support their child without being too "parental" about it. Additional speakers for the parent track included Jennifer Meldau, MSRN, CPNP, HTC Coordinator at Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic of Palmetto Health in Richland, SC; and Paulette Bryant, MD, Presbyterian Blume Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Clinic of Charlotte, NC.
After the formal program, the families had time to enjoy the great amenities offered by Great Wolf Lodge including the huge indoor waterpark! Our thanks to Baxter for sponsoring the program, speakers and food and beverage for this event. Hemophilia of North Carolina sponsored the lodging for the weekend.