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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
Thank you so much for providing the Teen CERT training to our troop. They had a great time and came home with more scout spirit than any other event. Again, thank you and your staff and the many volunteers who supported this extraordinary experience.
The culminating simulation was such an amazing experience for my son and myself. It brought awe and tears. Every detail was there. My son left saying how he thought that might be something he'd like to do. If nothing else, my son has an eye and heart into this very real threat. I am thankful for you, your group and boy scouts for teaching my son some of the sensitivities to our lives.