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Mission: The mission of the TEEN CERT program is to train students in emergency preparedness and response to ensure students have the skills needed to protect themselves, and assist others, in the event of an emergency. In addition, students are likely to bring lessons learned in the classroom home, thereby spreading the preparedness message to the entire family.

Target demographics: Any teen or adult in the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan area, including the Missouri counties of St. Charles, St. Louis, Lincoln, Warren, Jefferson and Franklin, and St. Clair and Monroe counties in Illinois, who is at least 12 years old.

Geographic areas served: Missouri Counties of St. Charles, St. Louis, Lincoln, Warren, Jefferson and Franklin; Illinois Counties of St. Clair and Monroe

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome program! These boys never cease to amaze me! Thanks again Mark Rosenblum!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just wanted to send a quick note to tell you how great your program was that we attended. My son was really impressed with the information that he learned and was able to show his mother different techniques that he learned over the weekend. He also has had other boys in the troop talk about what they learned from the weekend so that we can bring back even more boys for the next event.

I was at a CPR training last weekend and a lot of what you taught there was retaught in the CPR class. Like the holding position if someone was going to pass out on you. I was so glad that the adults were able to sit through the program as well. It was very beneficial for all of us. Even if we are never on a disaster site I know what we have learned will be worth every minute that we spent there for our own safety.

Thanks again for all that you do.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our youth group recently took emergency preparedness training through the Mid America Teen CERT course. The instructors gave up their entire weekend to teach 40 youth and adults for free, using their own supplies and materials. Somehow, the trainers were able to grab and hold the interest of the students throughout the intense weekend.

There are not many programs that have that kind of caring, commitment and generosity. We want others to know about this extraordinary team and to express our sincere gratitude and thanks for a job very well done.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I happened to come across the Mid America Teen CERT website and was curious how I too could build a top rated youth CERT program. My local EMA already has an adult CERT program and was refusing to allow a teen program to exist. Our City Government is in partnership with our local EMA so there was not much interest or opportunity to create a program unless we started one on our own somehow, without EMA endorsement. Mr. Rosenblum not only explained to me how to go about forming the program, he put me in touch with all the right people to start the process. It continues to be an uphill battle with our local EMA, but we strive to someday have a quality teen CERT program such as Mid America Teen CERT.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recall how TEEN CERT director Mark Rosenblum and I first met in 2003 at the first Wentzville CERT class at the General Motors Assembly Facility. He was the training coordinator for the program. A year later, Mark was requested to develop a CERT program for the Wentzville School District. A number of teachers and principals took the CERT training through Mark at the Wentzville Police Department. Mark really had things organized, everything was functioning smoothly and the number of participants was steadily growing. It has been my pleasure to work with Mark in a number of capacities over the years and always found him to be industrious, dedicated and of the highest integrity. During my forty years in Wentzville, I have served the county and the city in many volunteer capacities and I became very familiar with the community's residents, and they with me. I believe I am known for my integrity and fairness. With this background in mind, I acknowledge my respect for Mark and for his extraordinary contributions to the TEEN CERT program.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the Treasurer for Boy Scout Troop 390 in Troy MO. I believe Mark Rosenblum and his daughter Emily have done a great job helping the scouts of Troop 390 to instill some of these attributes into their daily lives. My boys participated in MATC several years ago. There are several merit badges the scouts can earn with the help of MATC, such as First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Safety, Fire Safety, Disability Awareness, Search & Rescue, etc. These are skills that all responsible, concerned citizens should learn in order to give back to their community. Mark Rosenblum and MATC is part of the reason why my sons earned their eagle rank. We should all be proud to have this valuable resource available to us.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a fantastic program! Highly recommended for everyone. The instructors are very well informed and friendly. The hands on demonstrations are helpful and the final exercise is ultra realistic.

3 Harry12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

is a awesome learning experience and with the training you are prepared to give back to your community by being able to provide medical support at local events and if a disaster ever happens you are prepared to support emergency responders in your community or wherever needed.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an adult I was a bit skeptical about taking the Teen Cert training with a bunch of kids last month. It didn’t take long to see that the Mid America Teen Cert program was geared toward everyone and not just teens. The lead instructor [Mark Rosenblum] held the attention of the class and there was plenty of hands on practice and exercises to keep everyone wanting more. The disaster exercise the last day was intense and the role players were very knowledgeable about how to act out their injuries. You could tell that they had worked with Mr. Rosenblum in previous drills because there was an unspoken connection between them that made it even more realistic. Kudos to a very worthwhile and educational program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was impressed with the professional knowledge and character that each of the instructors had when we took our class the first time a few years back. We have signed up again 2 times since then and each time Mark and crew come out and give us 100%+. The playful banter between the instructors (esp Mark and Emily) shows that they love what they are doing and are not being forced or upset to be there. They are organized, responsible and present themselves in a professional manner. I highly recommend this program to everyone! www.facebook.com/groups/MIDAMERICATEENCERT/