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Creating meaningful partnerships between schools and the business community

Creating Meaningful Partnerships Between Schools and the Business Community

Business/Community Organization

Date of Presentation


Today s session

Today’s Session

  • Volunteering: the good, the bad, and the messy

  • Our approach

  • Volunteer support tools

    • Training

    • Handbook, web portal and more

  • Making the “match” work for you

  • Questions?


Expected outcomes from this session

Expected Outcomes From This Session

Participants will gain new ideas and strategies to connect

students with business and community partners through:

  • project-based learning

  • long-term engagements in schools

  • trained volunteers


Our approach

Our Approach

  • Philadelphia Academies Inc. founded the Career Academy model in 1969

    • Initiated by business partners

    • One school, small cohort of students

  • Career Academies today

    • 10 career areas, 16 schools

    • 400 volunteers


Volunteering the good the bad the messy

Volunteering: The Good, the Bad, & the Messy

  • Think about when you have worked with a volunteer or have been a volunteer yourself:

    • Successes?

    • Challenges?

“They taught me that if there’s something you want, don’t try to do it, just do it.”

-Jacques Wells


The messy

The Messy

  • Why

    • Volunteers lacked self-awareness

    • Schools were not always clear on how to utilize volunteers

    • “One shot” volunteer engagements

  • How did we clean up the mess?

    • Design Team

    • Focus Groups

    • New tools for Volunteers


Volunteer support tools

Volunteer Support Tools

  • Web Portal

  • Volunteer Handbook

  • Supports for In-school Personnel

  • Career Academy Institute for Business and Community Partners

    • Business & Community Partner Orientation


How do we match our volunteers

How do we match our volunteers?

  • Four Ways to Serve

    • Guest Instructor

    • Industry Content Coach

    • Industry Site Tour Coordinator

    • Internship/Workplace Coach


Objectives of business community partner training

Objectives of Business & Community Partner Training

  • Participants will:

    • Understand PAI’s mission, history, and value

    • Develop a foundation in current educational approaches

    • Gain strategies for engaging high school students

    • Feel prepared for their volunteer experience

    • Understand how to match their skills and interests with PAI

    • Have role clarity and clarity about expectations

Business & Community Partner Orientation


Overview of the business community partner orientation

Overview of the Business & Community Partner Orientation

  • Agenda

    • Welcome and Introductions

    • The Philadelphia Academies’ Story

    • Partnering with PAI

      • Ways to Serve

      • Roles

      • Benefits

      • Rights and Responsibilities

    • 21st Century Skills

    • Project Based Learning

    • Engaging Youth

    • Boundaries

    • Next Steps

  • Understand PAI’s mission, history, and value

  • See value of PAI for networking

  • Understand how to match skills and interests

  • Role clarity

  • Clarity of expectations

  • Foundation in current educational approaches

  • Basis for applying knowledge in volunteer work

  • Understand strategies for engaging HS students

  • Understand healthy boundaries

  • Feel prepared and supported

Business & Community Partner Orientation


Why partner with pai

Why Partner with PAI?

  • To effect change in the lives of teens

  • To utilize existing skills and to learn new ones

  • To teach your skills to others

  • To improve your health

  • To meet new people

Business & Community Partner Orientation


Everybody wins

Everybody Wins!

  • You

    • Meet new people

    • Give back

    • Make a difference in the lives of teens

  • Business

    • Employees acquire additional skills

    • Builds community support

    • Workforce development

  • Community

    • Community grows stronger

Business & Community Partner Orientation


Triple bottom line

Triple Bottom Line

Business & Community Partner Orientation


Rights responsibilities

Rights & Responsibilities

  • Rights

    • To be recognized for your efforts

    • To be given guidance and direction

    • To be supported in your endeavors

    • To be safe

  • Responsibilities

    • To be punctual and dependable

    • To perform the duties associated with your “partner” role

    • To communicate with PAI

“They taught me that if there’s something you want, don’t try to do it, just do it.”

-Jacques Wells

Business & Community Partner Orientation


Boundaries expectations

Boundaries & Expectations

  • When working with students, remember:

    • Students are at the center

    • Set and enforce limits

    • Keep your promises

    • Listen and ask questions

    • Be patient

    • Be flexible

“Now it’s my responsibility to help other people succeed that way my teachers helped me.”

-Latoya Scott

Business & Community Partner Orientation


Traditional education vs project based learning

Traditional Education vs. Project-Based Learning

How is it different?

Business & Community Partner Orientation

Project Based Learning

  • Promotes broader set of skills than traditional curriculum

  • Concerned with issues that matter to students; connects lessons to those issues

  • Inquiry based

Traditional

  • Provides little reference to world of work

  • Casts students in passive roles

  • Recall is valued, rather than ability to synthesize, hypothesize, and generalize


Project based learning in career academies

Project-based learning in Career Academies

  • Why does it work?

    • Project-based learning promotes teamwork, collaboration, and critical thinking

    • Students are presented with real problems, promoting skills they need on the job

    • PBL lends itself to participation from business and community partners

“I learned about managing people and resources as a junior and senior in high school.”

-Curtis Redding

Business & Community Partner Orientation


Activity experiencing the match

ACTIVITY: Experiencing “the Match”

Think about connecting students with business and community partners through:

  • project-based learning

  • long-term engagements in schools

  • trained volunteers

    Outline an experience for students where you would engage volunteers based on the menu of four

  • Guest Instructor

  • Industry Content Coach

  • Industry Site Tour Coordinator

  • Internship/Workplace Coach


Questions

Questions?


Thank you

Thank You

YOUR PARTICIPATION

AND COMMITMENT

ARE SINCERELY APPRECIATED!

Krista Posada

[email protected]

Helen Rowe

[email protected]


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