The Words of the Platt Family
Letter To Families Interested In STF
April 1, 2006
May the blessing and love of God and True Parents be with your family, and our best wishes for the victorious year of 2006!
Thank you for your interest in the Special Task Force (STF). STF is a specialized youth leadership training program designed for Blessed Children aspiring to live for the greater good and become future leaders for God and humankind in various fields. This program is to nurture a public lifestyle in our Blessed Children, preparing their foundation to build successful Blessed Families and become true leaders for this world. We are looking for young people who are ready at this time in their lives for such a challenge. We welcome 2nd Generation of any age, however, applicants must be at least a high school graduate.
Please take note of the changes in the STF application process and new admission qualifications.
We as the STF staff seek to provide the best possible training for Blessed Children and are continuously improving the STF program. Over the years participants have come with a wide range of motivations, and all have been accepted. However, due to the nature of the training course not all could benefit from the program. Therefore, from this year, only applicants who meet the admission standards will be accepted into the program. Starting with the incoming class of 2006, 2nd Generation interested in applying to STF-USA are asked to participate in an evaluation process consisting of A) application materials and B) a one-day try-out. Details listed below.
These changes will be implemented in all STF programs in other countries. Furthermore, the standard of training and graduation from STF will be unified internationally.
We realize there will be 2 nd Generation who will not attend the STF program for various reasons. Therefore, 2nd Generation Educators from FFWPU and W-CARP are finding ways to provide all 2nd Generation with diverse educational opportunities that fit their circumstances and are suitable to train and encourage them to contribute to our movement and society in broader ways. This will guide every 2nd Generation to lead a public life, including the completion of the 2nd Generation 7-year course, and ultimately to establish Blessed Central Families that can preserve Heavenís lineage and fulfill their Providential responsibility. These options are presently being developed and will be announced when they are ready.
STF Admission Evaluation Process
A) Application requirements include:
1) An application form
2) 3 letters of recommendation: one from a teacher, one from an extracurricular activity in which the applicant was involved, and one from a local church leader.
3) An official high school transcript including teachersí comments/behavior report
4) A short essay by the applicant on what he/she would like to gain from being part of this leadership program
5) A short essay/interview with a parent
6) A medical record All materials must be received 2 weeks prior to your try-out date.
All materials and forms can be downloaded from the STF website (www.stfusa.com) or mailed/faxed to you by request.
All materials should be mailed to:
P.O. BOX 3068
Hayward, CA 94545
B) A try-out
One day Try-Outs will be held in 10 locations, consisting of a physical test, teamwork evaluation, a Divine Principle test, and a personal interview. All candidates MUST attend one of these try-outs in order to join STF. Please go to STF website (www. stfusa.com) for your closest location and date.
These guidelines will be strictly observed. All those who are accepted will be personally notified by an STF staff member by May 30th.
In consideration of all those applicants who face college admission agreement deadlines, some try-outs will be held before May 1st
For any questions or concerns regarding STF, please contact the STF staff via:
Fax: (510) 259-0273
Phone:(510) 259-1139 (answering machine only)
STF 1st Year Director
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