Meet Your Neighbor: Alec Rothman, 17
For Fort Pierce teen Alec Rothman, summer breaks are hardly a time for leisure.
During the past two summers, Rothman mentored and provided counseling to younger kids as a volunteer at the Daniel M. Center for Behavioral Change in Fort Pierce.
This summer, Rothman has been volunteering for Matthew’s Cafe, a Fort Pierce nonprofit that feeds the hungry on Sundays.
“It’s satisfying,” Rothman, 17, said of his volunteer work. “Because it gives you a good feeling to know that you’re helping people. You could just choose to lie around, but you choose to go help (others) and it’s worth it.”
And his hard work in the community hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Rothman was recognized this spring by the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County with the Outstanding Youth Award. He was one of five local teens to receive the award, which included a $1,000 scholarship for college.
“It was flattering, it was really nice,” Rothman said of the honor.
He was also honored this past fall with the Daniel M. Center’s “You Rock” volunteer award. During his time time there, he served an assistant counselor and peer mentor helping kids with behavioral issues.
“It was satisfying to know that you’re helping the kids,” he said. “It was rewarding to get the feedback from the kids.”
When he has not been volunteering, Rothman has also been active in summer workouts for the upcoming football season. He will be a senior in the fall at John Carroll High School, and plays on the offensive and defensive lines in football.
He also works part-time at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, where his father is a captain in the detective division.
Rothman said he hopes to attend Florida State University and his goal is to pursue a career that would combine his interests in counseling and law-enforcement. He said he is considering behavioral therapy or psychology as possible fields of study.
“What I want to do is I want to be a psychiatrist in the prisons. Something police-related,” he said.
What are your hobbies?
It’s mostly just football, volunteering and I play a lot of video games.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
(A lot) of the advice I’ve been given has come from my football coaches. If you want something, it’s not going to come free. You’ve got to work hard.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
I don’t like anything (from) today. I guess the Beatles.”
What’s your favorite junk food?
Cheez-its. I ate them so much my parents won’t let me have them anymore.
What’s your favorite subject in school?
Math or history.
Who would like to meet and have dinner with?