Monday, March 31, 2014

Junior Achievement Investor Challenge

An intensely competitive, fast-moving, high-impact stock exchange simulation…


To learn more, see this video: http://youtu.be/h4WQJDGoisc

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Each team of students receives a mentor from the business world. As Belynda Clanton said, “The kids huddle around their mentors.”

Kelly Ogle, KWTV Channel 9 news anchor, prerecords breaking news that affects the stock market.

Excerpts from "OVERVIEW"  
The Investor Challenge is an exciting and educational "hands-on" introduction to the stock market. High school student teams are given the chance to experience the excitement of buying and selling stock shares on a live trading floor at one of four sessions.
 The event is free to student teams and is so popular that we have expanded to serve 800 high school students this year!
The Junior Achievement (JA) Investor Challenge is an annual event based on the principles of investing and trading.  To summarize the event, we use a state-of-the-art computer program, wireless technology and realistic trading screens, to simulate a fast-paced stock market environment. Teams of 4 will be given $500,000 in “virtual” money to purchase shares in a variety of fictitious companies.  
Giant [20-foot] screens in the room will project team standings and changing stock values.  Teams can receive additional capital by completing a lesson in class and bringing their completed form to the event. Teams will receive stock tips on day 20 and day 40.  This program emulates a 60-day trading period in less than two hours, with nearly 80 seconds of trading for each day.  Each team’s objective is to create the highest net-worth by the end of day sixty. The winning team will receive the highly coveted “JA Investor Challenge” trophy.   http://tulsa.ja.org/ 
The growth of JA Investor Challenge in Oklahoma City with a facility capacity of 200 could mean that JA will have two days next year. The facility at the Tulsa Tech-Lemley Campus accommodates up to 800.

Thanks to all the businesses that support Investor Challenge!

Sources:
http://oklahoma.ja.org/    Ret. 3-20-14
Belynda Clanton (personal communication, March 12, 2014)
Jo Wise (personal communication, March 3-19-14)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Junior Achievement's BizTown

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Junior Achievement programs reach parochial, public, home and public schools. JA grows progress in a strategic way to impact students from elementary through high school. BizTown is another exciting, experiential JA programming component.

An optimal strategy for going to JA BizTown®, one of thirty sites in the U.S., is that kindergarten through fourth graders have taken the Junior Achievement curricula and this trip is the eagerly anticipated "tradition" as a fifth grader. Fifth graders could, however, go without previous JA classes since preparatory curriculum  precedes the visit.

How is the BizTown field trip/experience financed? Businesses, foundations, individuals and some schools alone or in partnerships pay for the lessons and the travel. 
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From the programs page of the JA website:

JA BizTown engages students in the role of workers and consumers in a series of classroom lessons that culminates in a day-long visit to JA BizTown, a fully-interactive simulated town.
Through daily lessons, hands-on activities, and active participation in the simulated community, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a worldwide economy. 
Through five units composed of 21 lessons, students learn about communities, the economy, free enterprise, taxes, and philanthropy. They delve into personal finances: how to write a check, make a deposit, and open a savings account. They explore work skills, teamwork, and job applications. Finally, in preparation for their visti to JA BizTown, students explore business management, including costs, pricing, advertising, and ethics. 

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 Elementary school students work 
for Arby's, Bank of Oklahoma, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Cherokee Nation, Cox Communications,  HollyFrontier, Linde, ONEOK, Reasor's, Ricoh, Schusterman Center, and Tulsa Tech in JA BizTown.                               


'Must-see video:   http://tulsa.ja.org/programs_2high.html    

Belynda Clanton, Junior Achievement’s vice president of program in Tulsa, shared some BizTown activities. Prior to the visit, curriculum prepares students. Once at the site, students are assigned a job and given a title with responsibility and then proceed to activities. For example, one small group of students, using math in a practical way, might lay a pipeline from ONEOK to Walmart. Another group of utility and environmental agents might read meters to calculate usage and billing. Junior scientists in lab coats might read directions, make something closely akin to “flubber” and then package, market and sell it. Groups make loans from the bank and have four hours to devise a way to pay back the loans. The students are busy!

Note: We are anxious to visit BizTown before school ends to update this post. 

http://oklahoma.ja.org/    Ret. 3-20-14
Belynda Clanton (personal communication, March 12, 2014)
Jo Wise (personal communication, March 3-19-14)



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Junior Achievement Job Shadow™

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The value of bringing students to a workplace to experience and learn is inestimable. Junior Achievement has developed a successful model suitable for any business.

From the website:
JA Job Shadow offers students a unique opportunity: a visit to a professional work environment and insights into how to find and keep a fulfilling career.
Students participating in the program will acquire and apply the skills needed in demanding and ever-changing workplaces. Students will be able to recognize career clusters and potential job positions; understand the importance of researching the requirements needed to earn a position; and develop job-hunting tools, such as networking, resumes, and interviewing skills.
JA Job Shadow is recommended for high school students. The program is composed of three 45-minute classroom sessions and the job shadow visit, which is usually four to five hours in length.
Materials are downloadable and include detailed session plans for the site-coordinator, students, and teacher. The program also provides instructions to allow students to begin using the Kuder Navigator, an online educational and career planning system designed primarily for today's middle and high school students.                                                                                                       
https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-usa/ja-programs  Click on JA Job Shadow

This model provides curriculum for classroom teachers to teach and for the managers to review prior to the site visit. A scenario might include an HR manager reviewing the different career clusters at the enterprise. Department heads might speak. With groups of four or five students for two to three hours,  the managers return to and tour their departments, discuss work ethics, pose ethics questions, interview students for a job (Students are semi-prepared.), and then return to the group at noon for lunch and group discussion. Lessons in the classroom follow the job shadow event.

The State Capitol has an annual JA Job Shadow™ event, in which students, usually from the legislators’ districts, participate. Under coordination is a shadowing event with NORDAM, a once in a lifetime opportunity.  JA Tulsa requires students from high need schools.

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To begin: Contact Junior Achievement, which can ask a business if it will host one or multiple group events during the school year at its facility.

Advantages: This “lesson” is highly respected and the least intrusive because of its structure. Little time is redirected, none lost. Workforce development is essential in business, and as Tulsa's Belynda Clanton, Junior Achievement’s vice president of programs, said, we “must inspire them before they learn.” Many students have no concept of a work site experience prior to this opportunity. Furthermore, every business can participate even with confidentiality. For example, the Cancer Treatment Centers have hosted job shadowing. Students interact with managers, not just follow them around. Job Shadow is a win-win.

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Possibilities for JA Job ShadowThe list is endless, and all sizes of businesses can host: groups representing municipalities and their various departments, governmental agencies, media, communications, construction both home and commercial, energy, law, finance, higher education, insurance, public or private schools, agriculture, manufacturing, convenience stores, department stores, food distributors, franchisees/ franchisers, nonprofits...


The concept of Junior Achievement is a hands-up approach, which communities should eagerly champion.

Sources:
(Belynda Clanton, personal communication, March 12, 2014)
(Jo Wise, personal communication, March 19, 2014)

Additional notes:
Oklahoma’s national representative on the U.S. Junior Achievement Board of Directors is Alan Armstrong, president & CEO, The Williams Company, Inc., based in Tulsa.                 

                      

Friday, March 28, 2014

Junior Achievement Overview


Communities, both rural and urban, should explore this student-engaged resource to accomplish several goals, e.g.,

  •          Teaching “work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy” 
  •          Involving local business men and women as mentors  
  •          Delivering easy-to-use, interactive , effective learning activities and curriculum  
  •          Offering students a different perspective and other options
Delivering the Junior Achievement lessons gives the business person a platform, e.g., how you lose a job, how you brand yourself, his or her experiences… 

The key piece is the volunteer, i.e., having a real person with the students.

Programs provided: (Several of these will receive separate blog posts for more detail.)
  •          Kindergarten – twelfth grade curricula
  •          JA Job Shadow
  •          JA Investor Challenge
  •          JA BizTown Learning Center, Tulsa (one of 30 in the U. S.)
  •          Finance Park (an "immersive simulation," piloting now, for middle and high schools)
Opportunities for rural areas are endless to pay for curricula, provide volunteers and sponsor a BizTown trip.
  •          A local business or businesses
  •          A foundation-businesses partnership
  •          A school-foundation partnership
Opportunities for urban areas are also endless, but businesses, alone or in partnership, can sponsor and provide curricula for one or more schools. Often in Oklahoma City, a business or partnership of businesses adopts one school and focuses effort there over time.

Examples include Ft. Gibson’s Armstrong Bank, which provides the volunteers and pays for the curricula for grades K-4 and sends the fifth graders to BizTown. In Okmulgee, the community is more involved so a school and foundation partner, too, for K-4 lessons in five elementary sites as well as some high school classes. Stillwater Public Schools sends all of its fifth graders to BizTown annually. Sarkey’s and the Pottawatomie Nation have donated some funding to target rural areas.

Jo Wise with poster from a recent lesson
Curriculum excerpt: To middle school students, Jo Wise recently taught a lesson featuring a donut company. For example, to compare assembly line manufacturing with one-person craftsmanship, students “made” and decorated donuts both ways. What are the pros and cons of each method? 

This series also focuses upon positive and negative qualities of an employee. In the photo, Jo is holding the “How to Keep (or Lose) a Job” poster the students completed. Jo, the director of the Oklahoma City JA office, talked about the curriculum as we looked through the instructor's book and learning activities. All learning strategies are reviewed and updated every three years.

In addition, Jo mentioned the branding interview, which encourages students to begin building their personal brands now. Since students have identified two or three possible careers by this point, she asks them what are they doing now? What can they do through their school careers to build their brands and accomplish goals? Suggestions include joining an organization or group such as scouting or a choir or volunteering for fundraising. A tool for this discussion is a large journey map from childhood to adulthood. 

Borrowing from the programs’ page of the website are these concepts and skills from the six-session JA It's My Future program Jo is teaching:

Concepts: Brand, Career clusters, Career mapping, Career planning, Employee, High-growth jobs, Interests, Job application, Job forecast, Job hunting, Job interview, Logo, Long-term consequences, Personal brand, Recommendation, Resumes, Short-, middle-, and long-term goals, Skills, Soft skills, Symbolism, Tagline, Technical skills, Working environment
 Skills: Analyzing data, Analyzing information, Categorizing data, Creativity, Following written instructions, Goal-setting, Interviewing, Mapping, Model building, Oral and visual presentation, Oral and written communication, Organizing information, Reading for Understanding, Self-Assessment, Working in pairs and groups    
Course materials similar to what Jo Wise taught and shared.
 Beginning is easy. Within a community, schools and businesses need to talk. Partners can ask schools what in-school or after-school programs they need, and businesses can decide what they are willing to provide. Often schools and businesses without a known partner contact Junior Achievement. If a school calls, the first question is, " Do you have a business to sponsor a few classes, e.g., a bank to sponsor third grade?" Contact JA. http://oklahoma.ja.org/

To learn more about the Junior Achievement program descriptions: https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-usa/ja-programs .
Pricing: Businesses review the fee structure for classes and chooses. Junior Achievement provides materials at cost (no profit). Businesses involved are generous supporters, but JA channels as much funding as possible toward growing programs.

JA Oklahoma’s goal is to reach 52,000 students mentored this year and eventually cover the state. Currently, the organization has the Tulsa and Oklahoma City offices with regions, e.g., Muskogee, Bartlesville and the Cherokee Nation, and works with 67 school districts in 14 counties.

Junior Achievement Success video featuring BizTown Tulsa and Oklahomans


Notes:As of March 19th, 62 Oklahoma City area schools are involved in JA programming. (We did not request the Tulsa area number.)

As of March 5th, 113 days at BizTown had been scheduled by state schools--private, public, parochial, and home.  Depending upon the number of attendees, the facility can accommodate more than one school at a time. Read more about Junior Achievement programs in following posts.

Sources:

http://oklahoma.ja.org/
(Belynda Clanton, personal communication, March 12, 2014)
(Jo Wise, personal communication, March 19, 2014)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Corporate Mentoring at School- Raytheon's LASER

Mentoring is about relationship-building. Although coming into a school five times during the school year may not be considered pure mentoring, Raytheon has an outstanding model in its LASER program. This sixth-grade program can be adapted to middle and high schools.

With holidays and testing, a school year may only be 26-30 weeks in which a business could send mentors and/or bring mentees into the workplace.

LASER Program

Leadership and Science Ensures Results 


LASER (Leadership and Science Ensures Results) incorporates a fun mix of math, science and leadership skills and engages students in project-based learning activities as part of the McKinney Independent School District’s physics program.         

Mentors: 

·         Participate in classroom activities five times during the school year 
·         Help create a Strategic Life Plan with students 
·         Explore career opportunities with students
·         Participate in think tanks and innovation activities 
·         Attend a capstone event where top teams present to Raytheon and school leaders



More about the program:

MISD, Raytheon Kick-Off Sixth Grade LASER Curriculum with STEM Day at Dowell MS

 McKinney, Texas - The smack of wood striking wood reverberated throughout the 6th grade halls of Dowell Middle School on Friday, October 25 as students operated miniature wooden catapults called “statapults” to explore physics and engineering alongside volunteers from Raytheon.

It was just one of several engaging learning and leadership activities that students tackled during the first LASER (Leadership and Science Ensure Results) STEM Day at Dowell, an event that will be repeated in coming weeks at Cockrill, Evans, Faubion and Scott Johnson middle schools.

Dowell Middle School students prepare to launch a rubber ball with their "statapult" during the Raytheon LASER STEM Day. 
LASER is a project-based learning curriculum developed through the collaborative effort of Raytheon and McKinney ISD. Raytheon supplied approximately $19,500 to fund the original program which was embedded in the district’s high school physics classes during the 2010-2011 school year. Raytheon engineers and managers visit the classes every other month to work with teachers and students on four different modules that focus on 21st century leadership skills.

The 2013 Dowell LASER STEM Day marks the introduction of the 6th grade curriculum which was made possible, in part, by a $17,000 Raytheon contribution.

Launching small rubber balls of various size and composition, the 6th graders sought maximum distance by adjusting variables to tweak their statapult’s performance. In another activity, they built “Puff Mobiles” and were allowed one puff of air to move the device as far as possible. Along the way, Raytheon engineers encouraged innovation while providing expert guidance and feedback.

Sixth grade students consult with Raytheon volunteer Jodi Roepsch during the Raytheon LASER STEM Day statapult activity.
Teamwork, leadership and communication were major themes of the day. The first activity of the morning gave students a chance to learn more about themselves through a personality assessment. Then, they were placed in teams to practice effective communication while building puzzles. The culminating activity of the day called upon the students to hone their presentation skills through discussion of the activities, the challenges they faced during the day and what they learned through the process.

“The students had an eventful day as they collaborated about the design of their Puff Mobiles and the data collected from their Ballistic Statapult,” said Chaurcley Cook, McKinney ISD Coordinator of Secondary Science.

“Middle school is an important time to introduce career opportunities and help students make the important connections to their everyday learning in the classroom. One student told me, ‘I like learning this way,” and another liked learning about what the engineers do at Raytheon. One student said, ‘I think I want to be an engineer.’”

By Shane Mauldin, 10/30/2013 2:00 PM, Middle School News

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or smauldin@mckinneyisd.net.

That Raytheon targeted different classes and levels is noteworthy. Excerpts:

With $10,000 Donation, Raytheon Helps Bring LASER Program to McKinney ISD 6th Grade Science Classes

McKinney, Texas - Raytheon Company, a long-time supporter of McKinney ISD science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, recently donated $10,000 to the district’s LASER (Leadership and Science Ensure Results) program...The money will go toward implementation of LASER in all McKinney ISD 6th grade science classes during the 2012-13 school year...

LASER is a project-based learning curriculum developed through the collaborative effort of Raytheon and McKinney ISD. Raytheon supplied approximately $19,500 to fund the original program which was embedded in the district’s high school physics classes during the 2010-2011 school year. About 40 Raytheon engineers and managers visit the classes every other month to work with teachers and students on four different modules that focus on 21st century Leadership skills.

By Shane Mauldin, 05/07/2012 9:53 AM, District News

http://mathmovesu.com/about-mathmovesumentoring/laser-program Ret. 3-18-14

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Corporate Campus Mentoring Program - Raytheon's S&D II

Raytheon has multiple mentoring programs to encourage STEM. Stand & Deliver is a corporate campus mentoring program. 

All students will not become STEM majors; however, having a strong STEM background is job security for the future. Change and evolving technology in all occupations are inevitable.

A similar corporate campus mentoring program can focus upon a company's strengths, not necessarily STEM,  and many occupations within its walls, e.g., finance/accounting, administration, communication, supply chain, clerical, transportation, graphic design, web technology... the list is endless!

From the website:

Stand & Deliver

Making a Difference

Stand & Deliver, a corporate campus academic mentoring program, matches volunteer professionals from STEM fields with underserved middle and high school students in Lawrence, Mass. By inviting students to visit their mentors in corporate environments, the program exposes them to a world they may not experience otherwise--and gives them a true sense of where math and science can lead them.







A Raytheon mentor teaches a student.
Reading, writing and arithmetic. Just some of the many subjects that Raytheon employees help teach local students as part of the Stand & Deliver mentoring program.

Vital Educational Resource

From enabling students to pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam and graduate high school to helping them apply to college, the Stand & Deliver program remains a vital educational resource. The pilot program in Tewksbury, Mass., yielded 14 mentee-mentor matches. Today, the program operates in multiple cities, and has produced over 100 matches in the past four years.

It's In The Numbers
Each school year, Stand & Deliver surveys its participants. Ninety-one students from Lawrence, Mass. in grades 7-12 completed this year’s survey:
  • 59% of participants said their interest in school had gone up
  • 74% of students said their desire to learn new things had increased
  • 76% of students said their grades had improved
  • 86% of students said their confidence in their school work had increased
  • 99% of students picture themselves attending college one day
  • 100% of English language learners said their English had improved  

          

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Corporate Campus Mentoring Program Detailed - Raytheon's S&D

'A more detailed description of Raytheon's corporate campus mentoring program, Stand & Deliver...






It's Academic: Raytheon's Tech Whizzes Open New World for Students 

Last Updated: 09/25/2013

In a sprawling campus of laboratories and offices in northern Massachusetts, Raytheon engineers work on some of the defense industry's most difficult technical problems. But on a recent afternoon, many were putting in time on a much more personal project.

In a cafeteria on the second floor, dozens of employees bent over tables, helping local students prepare for Massachusetts' graduation exams. Others were coaching youths in English or working science problems.


The Tuesday "Stand & Deliver" mentoring sessions in Tewksbury, Mass., are part of Raytheon's nationwide effort to help students by pairing them with some of the world's foremost engineers and business leaders. In Massachusetts, 76 percent of students in the Stand & Deliver program reported better grades, and 59 percent said they were more interested in school.

Reading, writing and arithmetic. Just some of the many subjects that Raytheon employees help teach local students as part of the Stand & Deliver mentoring program.

 "After my first year in Stand & Deliver, I realized how important you can be to someone's education," said Jahicol Baralt, who graduated from the program in 2013.

The Stand & Deliver program is affiliated with Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, a non-profit organization. Raytheon employees mentor about 100 middle and high school students from nearby Lawrence, Mass.

In addition to tutoring, students get to visit factories and laboratories where Raytheon builds some of the world's most advanced technology, including the Patriot air and missile defense system and the AN/TPY-2 radar.

The opportunity to visit Raytheon has been one of the biggest draws for students, said Terri Munson, Raytheon's Stand & Deliver coordinator.

"When the program was first introduced to Raytheon in 2004, there was a high rate of 'no shows' on the part of the kids," Munson said.

So the program started busing students from Lawrence schools to Raytheon's research and design offices. That proved to be the key to the program's success, Munson said.

"The environment is an education in itself," she said."They show up with smiles on their faces ready to work with their mentor."

And the employees do more than just help with homework. The group goes kite-flying, celebrates Pi Day on March 14 and works on college applications together. Some students even sing the National Anthem at a Red Sox game each year.

Members of the Stand & Deliver mentoring program sing the national anthem at Fenway Park in Boston before the start of a major league baseball game.

Volunteer Javier Alvarado Jr., an engineer on the AN/TPY-2 missile defense radar program, said he hopes he can serve as a role model and inspire students to pursue any career.

"I've learned that my mentees truly appreciate having someone that is not a teacher, parent or older sibling offer them encouragement," Alvarado said.

Indeed, many graduates of the program become mentors themselves.

Baralt decided to start tutoring 9th graders in his high school as a way of "paying forward" what he learned as a student in Stand & Deliver.

"It feels good knowing that you have someone out there encouraging and pushing you to the limit beyond your expectations," he said.

Students learn firsthand about the science behind flying kites.

Another Stand & Deliver alumnus, Josh Maldonado, is now a Massachusetts Institute of Technology student and has taught SAT preparatory classes to younger students. He just completed an internship at Raytheon.

"I am an example for these students of what possibilities are opened if they choose to be mature and work hard for what they desire," Maldonado said.

Like Maldonado, some of the students go on to intern at Raytheon. The company recently made its first job offer to a Stand & Deliver graduate. He'll start in June after his college graduation.

You can learn more about Raytheon’s education efforts at 
http://www.raytheon.com/responsibility/community/mmu/index.html 









Monday, March 24, 2014

AT&T's Job Shadowing Program

from AT&T website


The 2014 Tulsa Mayor's Mentoring Breakfast showcased several innovative mentoring programs. AT&T's Job Shadowing Program in Tulsa is an effective Junior Achievement Job Shadow model with personalization. AT&T, formerly Southwestern Bell and Bell Telephone as well as one of the founders of Junior Achievement nationally, has established this program as part of its corporate culture.

Job Shadow "graduate"
Vicki Williams, a 20+ year AT&T mentor, spoke about the program at the breakfast. The opportunity, which could be renamed “A Day in the Life of AT&T,” can accommodate 70-85 youths at a time at the call center. The students, usually juniors, put on suits, have real job interviews by managers, and learn about careers at AT&T and the required education or training. 

Vicki said, “We focus on S.I.S., ‘Stay in school.’” Among other topics discussed are digital footprints, soft skills, keeping a job, and the importance of a job. At the end of the day, students receive a certificate. If they finish high school, that certificate will earn them an interview with AT&T. 

Jonathan, a former job shadow “graduate” who spoke at the breakfast kept his certificate, requested an interview, and accepted a job two weeks prior to the February 28th breakfast. Junior Achievement and AT&T opened up a world he did not know existed and could not imagine.  

Vicki has gone the extra mile for some of the program graduates, e.g., giving at least one a ride to work because of lack of transportation and other issues. Not every story is a later hiring or employment success, but Vicki continues to reach out to many of the former students.

When students arrive by bus at the AT&T Call Center, employees are lined up, applauding and cheering as the students enter. “This wins them over right there,” says Belynda Clanton, JA Tulsa. The message is “We accept you as you are, come in, let us tell you about our world,” she adds. As mentioned in a previous blog post, Tulsa JA requires students from high need schools. A student once commented that no one had ever clapped for her before.

By the time students are in the training room, they are won over. They have no idea about all the jobs and scholarships they may be able to earn. Some employees will tell them that AT&T helped them go to college or get a master’s degree. Testimonials have power.

The large group is broken down into smaller groups of eight to ten. Each group is assigned to a manager. Two to three school districts could be present on a day. AT&T has changed the terminology slightly. The word manager has become connector. After all, knowledge and careers are about relationships and networking.

This post focuses upon the AT&T Job Shadow, but the corporation is doing so much more to mentor youths and to invest in technological education.  Other mentoring includes offsite and online as part of AT&T’s ASPIRE Mentor Academy.
from AT&T website

Online Mentoring
AT&T Aspire Mentoring academy
Utilizing technology, employees in several cities across the country are piloting the online option to share career and academic knowledge with students at risk of dropping out of high school.
Aspire Mentoring Academy's Non-Profit Team
AT&T is working with multiple educational non-profit leaders on Aspire Mentoring Academy.
Junior Achievement USA is the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. AT&T and Junior Achievement are building on the success of providing Job Shadow opportunities to more than 100,000 students in four years. Aspire Job Mentoring includes project-based activities to enhance the mentoring experience for thousands of students and employees across the country.
The We Teach Science Foundation was founded in 2008 to assist K-12 students in their math and science education through Remote Tutoring and Mentoring (RTM). AT&T is teaming with We Teach Science to deliver e-Mentoring in which employees will help thousands of students one-on-one, over five years, across the U.S.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. AT&T and Big Brothers Big Sisters are utilizing Mentor2.0, Big Brothers Big Sisters' technology-enriched high school youth mentoring program, with a pilot in Dallas, TX. This online mentoring initiative aims to provide high school students with the support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce.
Onsite Mentoring
Building on AT&T's Job Shadow program, employees share life experiences and career advice through project-based activities at AT&T work sites during the workday.


Sources:
Belynda Clanton (personal communication, March 12, 2014)
Vicki Williams (personal communication, February 28, 2014)


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Corporate Campus Mentoring Program, BSW II

This continues content from the PowerPoint presentation with the extraordinary results of BSW.


BEYOND SCHOOL WALLS
An Innovative Mentoring Program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania


Spotlight on Success

Comcast Corporation & Fairhill Elementary

Fairhill Elementary School

  • 99.4% economically disadvantaged 
  • 51.4% of students are chronically truant--10 or more unexcused absences
  • 49% of adults 18-24 have no high school degree
  • Ranks a 10 on OJJDP's Community Disadvantage Index--indicating this census tract is among the most disadvantaged in the country
Photos from BSW presentation

Comcast
Program started during the 2008-09 school year                   
  • 29 matches in year one
  • 45 in each year since [January 2012] 
  • All levels of the organization from entry-level to CFO

The Impact

  • 51% of Fairhill students are "chronically truant"
  • Every single student mentored in the Beyond School Walls program reduced their unexcused absences
  • More than 50 incidents reported to the office of school safety, including three              assaults on teachers and 23 assaults on students so far this year
  • 81% of students mentored in Beyond School Walls had zero disciplinary infractions

Additional Benefits

  • Comcast has adopted the school
  • Brother of a Little (mentee) secured an internship
  • Rolled the program out in 10 other markets

Growth

  • Started with 1 program in 2005, currently have 21 programs [2012]
  • Serving kids in 2nd through 12th grade
  • Large and small companies
  • Shared programs
    • U.S. Attorneys/FBI/Federal Defenders
    • Business Parks
  • Helping us redefine our impact
    • Education
    • Volunteerism
    • Corporate retention

Presenters: Judy Spangler, Chief Programs Officer, BBBSSEPA
Ted Qualli, VP, External Affairs & Marketing, BBBSSEPA

End of Part II of the Beyond School Walls adaptable model


Excerpts from the presentation PowerPoint                                                                      
National Mentoring Summit 2012, Washington, DC DC                                                                         1-25-12