Due to his experiences when he was younger, Tim Behling founded SUCCESSTEAM, a non-profit organization specializing in the educational development of young people, in 2015.
âI understood that I had to give people the same thing that I needed which is an opportunity – a leadership opportunity, a development opportunity and access to things that I didn’t. may not have now, âBehling said during his presentation to the Rotary Club of Aiken. Mondays at Newberry Hall.
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Behling learned to weld and went to work after graduating from South Aiken High School. But because of pressure from others, especially his colleagues, he explored other career possibilities.
He obtained two associate’s degrees from Aiken Technical College, then graduated from USC Aiken with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Behling believes he would have benefited from more counseling as a teenager, so SUCCESSTEAM has programs that target students aged 13-18.
This year, more than 50 participants were enrolled in a hybrid college visits program that offered three visits and three workshops.
Over 100 students were enrolled in a four-day Big Brother mentoring program.
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SUCCESSTEAM has provided over 1,000 backpacks and other school supplies to students in Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Fourteen high school students were chosen to sit on the first SUCCESSTEAM youth council.
In addition, SUCCESSTEAM awarded three academic scholarships to its participants.
Behling said he hopes the students, with the help of SUCCESSTEAM, âwill develop an understanding that anything is possible.
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âAs long as they keep the vision clear,â he continued, âthey will be able to pursue things that they might not have thought possible for them.â
Behling was one of the Aiken Standard Young Professionals 2 Follow in 2019.
For more information on SUCCESSTEAM, visit successteam.org.