THE ISSUE Career & College Clubs is helping to solve is the high dropout rate and the lack of life and leadership skills among youth, which results in many youth not pursuing personally rewarding futures. We believe there aren’t enough programs for Middle School students that instill a desire to stay in school, inspire students to achieve academic and personal success, and develop critical leadership skills. Career & College Clubs is a great answer to these issues hindering our middle school students nationwide.
IF we engage at-risk middle school students in a peer-to-peer learning environment where they lead fun activities on career, college, and life skills;
THEN these students will feel a greater sense of empowerment, as well as an intrinsic drive to plan for, and achieve, success in high school, college, and life.
Career & College Clubs uses a peer-to-peer mentoring model to encourage responsibility and leadership skills from an early age. By encouraging these professional life skills at a middle school level we can create youth who are excited about becoming leaders in high school, college, and their careers.
Middle school is a pivotal time for defining the future of a student’s life and establishing ambition and leadership skills
Peer-to-peer learning empowers students to inspire each other to take ownership of knowledge gained
Students want to participate because they’re excited to do fun activities in a supportive atmosphere
This Results in
- Increased Average Daily Attendance of middle school students.
- Increased positive classroom behavior and student interactions.
- Higher student aspirations for high school, college, and life.
This Results in
Learning about the pathways to future possibilities should be fun and meaningful for middle school students to create the most conducive experience for learning and empowerment. Career & College Clubs is full of fun, hands-on activities and projects, providing an immersive and exploratory learning experience.
Peers in the Journey
In order to strengthen knowledge and leadership skills for middle school students, it's essential for students to "pass on" what they've gained to their peers through peer mentoring and encouragement. Each Career & College Clubs meeting and event maximizes opportunities for peer-to-peer engagement.
Knowledge & Motivation Schoolwide
Middle school students having a future plan and sharing their enthusiasm with peers in a peer- to- peer mentoring situation are powerful strategies for elevating a school’s success culture. Career & College Clubs provides the right blend of hands-on activities and peer engagement to achieve this success.
Career & College Clubs puts students in charge of exploring and engaging in their own pathways, as well as building a schoolwide culture of success. This gives them a sense of responsibility and empowerment that encourages leadership skills at a young age.
The coach is an adult (usually a teacher or counselor) that guides students through the Career & College Clubs experience. The Coach does not ‘teach’ the curriculum, but rather helps the mentors teach each other.
The mentors are the students in the club. They lead club meetings, build a success culture on campus, and pass on knowledge and motivation to their peers. In this way, they mentor each other and their peers. The peers are all the other students not in the club. They benefit from the program by gaining knowledge and motivation through campus activities produced by the Career & College Clubs mentors.
The cornerstone of Career & College Clubs is the curriculum, which is typically implemented over two years during the middle grades. The Exploration curriculum consists of 16 student-led sessions, each designed as a starting point for an area of exploration. The Engagement curriculum includes 8 student-led projects designed to build on the knowledge gained from the Exploration curriculum. Throughout both years of the curriculum, students actively engage with their peers to ensure every student in the school is prepared for high school and postsecondary success.
The curriculum is aligned with grades 6-8 Common Core State Standards and the American School Counselor Association National Standards for Students. In addition, the curriculum was developed to support student proficiency in 21st Century Skills.
Expanded viewExploration: SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
|Session 1||Career & College Clubs: Starting Your Club|
|Session 2||College 101: Why Higher Education?|
|Session 3||Leadership 101: Who, Me?|
|Session 4||Careers 101: Dream a Little Dream|
|Session 5||Careers 102: Exploring Career Options|
|Session 6||College 102: Researching Colleges|
|Session 7||College 201: Preparing for College|
|Session 8||Leadership 102: Leader Bootcamp|
|Session 9||Leadership 103: Community Leadership|
|Session 10||Finance 101: Financial Literacy|
|Session 11||College 202: Campus Visit|
|Session 12||Finance 102: Personal Finances|
|Session 13||Careers 103: World of Work|
|Session 14||Leadership 104: Network of Knowledge|
|Session 15||Leadership 105: Capstone Career & College Clubs Presentation|
|Session 16||Career & College Clubs: Exploration Club Wrap-Up|
Expanded viewEngagement: SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
|Project 1||Career & College Clubs: Starting Your Engagement Club|
|Project 2||Finance 201: Financial Future Game|
|Project 3||Careers 201: Career Exploration & Visit|
|Project 4||College 301: College Admission Process|
|Project 5||College 302: College Life|
|Project 6||Leadership 304: Community Entrepreneurs|
|Project 7||Leadership 305: Mentor Choice - Capstone Presentation|
|Project 8||Career & College Clubs: Engagement Club Wrap-Up|